Vol. 15 No. 39 – October 16, 2016
Vs. 18, Gives us a description of the results of having MATAIOTES, a soul devoid of God’s Word.
Ephesians 4:18, “Being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart.”
This leads us to The Analogy of the Hardness or Callousness of the Heart to the Spiritual Life.
As you know, rarely does the Bible use KARDIA (heart) for the blood-pumping physiological organ in your chest. It usually is used in analogy to the cycling of God’s Word through your soul. In order to better understand the heart of your soul, (which we also call the right lobe of your soul, the KARDIA), and the detrimental effects of it being hardened or calloused, we need to understand the heart a little better.
Some facts about the physical heart, in analogy to the spiritual heart of your soul:
The heart is an intricately woven muscle, which by rhythmic contraction circulates blood throughout your body. Your heart beats 101,000 times a day and about 35 million times in a year. During your lifetime, it will beat about 3 billion times. In regards to the heart of your soul, it is capable of receiving and sending God’s Word throughout your soul thousands of times in a day and billions of times in your life.
Your body has about 6 quarts of blood circulating through the heart and body three times every minute. In one day, the blood travels a total of 12,000 miles, which is roughly four times the distance across the U.S. from coast to coast. It is estimated that the heart pumps seventy-five gallons an hour, and 2,000 gallons a day, and about 1 million barrels in seventy years; that is enough to fill more than two super tankers. Likewise, the heart of your soul is capable of pumping innumerable amounts of Bible doctrine throughout your soul.
The heart’s anatomy and relation to the circulatory system includes a double pump: two atriums and two ventricles. The ventricles have a four ounce volume and the atria a five ounce volume. The thick muscular walls of the ventricles are primarily responsible to pump the blood. Used blood is low in oxygen and high in CO2. To be cleansed, the used blood enters the right atrium through the superior and inferior vena cava. Used blood is like false ideas we pick up in life that need to be cleansed and enriched by God’s Word resident in your soul.
The right ventricle pumps blood through the pulmonary artery to the lungs where it discharges CO2 and picks up oxygen from the alveoli. Then the blood travels through the pulmonary veins to the left atrium, which in turn pumps the oxygen‑refreshed blood out through the aorta to the entire body. This is a great analogy for metabolized Bible doctrine in your soul. It is pumped through various valves in your soul and circulates through the brain, giving you a dynamic mental attitude. Likewise, the CO2 of the soul, i.e., all the false and erroneous ideas we have learned from Satan’s cosmic system, must be replaced by the oxygen of Bible doctrine. All of that is accomplished in the heart or right lobe of your soul.
The function of the blood is to bath tissues with fluid, preserving their slight alkaline condition, supplying tissues with food and oxygen, to provide building material for their growth and repair, distribute heat generated by cells and equalize body temperature, carry hormones which coordinate and stimulate the activities of various organs, and convey antibodies and white blood cells which fight infection. Blood cannot support life unless it keeps circulating, and the energy used by the heart is fantastic. This is another wonderful analogy to Bible doctrine circulating in the heart of your soul as a result of the function of the Grace Apparatus for Perception (GAP) that provides these analogous functions to your soul.
If blood flow is cut off to the brain, the person loses consciousness in three to five seconds; after fifteen to twenty seconds, the body twitches convulsively; if more than nine minutes, the mental powers of the brain are irrevocably destroyed. The muscles of the heart can only survive loss of blood flow for thirty minutes. These facts emphasize the vital importance of the heart to our life. Likewise, we need to continually supply our souls with God’s Word. If we stop taking in Bible Doctrine, we will lose consciousness of our spiritual life, as noted in Eph 4:19, “having become callous,” that actually should read, “having lost feeling,” in regards to the spiritual life.
The “Hardness of the Heart,” (KARDIA, the right lobe), is the seventh and next to last stage of reversionism, as noted above. It is coterminous with and the result of Blackout of the Soul, the attack upon the left lobe. While blackout of the soul affects the left lobe or NOUS by the infiltration of satanic doctrine, “Hardness of the Heart” and/or “Scar Tissue of the Soul,” affects the right lobe. It is the final attack that leads to reverse process reversionism.
In the “Hardness of the Heart,” all of the valves of the right lobe freeze up and shut down so that Bible doctrine no longer circulates in the soul, just as when arteries are hardened due to the buildup of calcium and plaque, the blood stops flowing through the body. When this occurs, Bible doctrine in the right lobe is no longer operative and is no longer applicable to life.
As result of the “Hardening of the Heart,” scar tissue accumulates resulting in the function of the vacuum, MATAIOTES, to suck more false doctrine into the left lobe, which in turn, increases the pressure on the right lobe. When the effects of Blackout of the left lobe reach the right lobe, all of the valves of the soul that produce Divine viewpoint, Divine thinking, and Divine good, freeze up and shut down. This means that there is no longer any vocabulary functioning, the categories of doctrine in your soul dry up first, norms and standards change, there is no longer any Divine viewpoint in the launching pad, and no way of recalling or calling upon the frame of reference for applying God’s Word to your life. Likewise, no more Bible doctrine is fed into the vocabulary and categorical storage areas providing no new doctrine for future application. The conscience begins to change, and there is no doctrine on the launching pad. Therefore, Bible doctrine no longer flows back and forth and, as it were, all doctrinal function of the right lobe freezes. This is the prelude to the Sin Unto Death.
All of this is why we have been given this warning in Eph 4:17-19, not to fall back to our former manner of life when we were unbelievers and had no Bible doctrine circulating through our souls. Just as it is disastrous for the human body when the heart stops pumping blood throughout the body leading to physical death, for the believer, it is disastrous to hinder or stop the flow of God’s Word through your soul because it will lead to Divine discipline including the third stage called the Sin Unto Death.
Ephesians 4:19, “And they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality, for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.”
“And they” in the Greek is made up of the Relative Pronoun HOSTIS, ὅστις that actually means, “whoever, who, whichever, whatever, or anyone who.” We translate this “who,” referring back to the main object of this passage “unbelievers” called “gentiles.” So, the same group is in view by way of analogy for the reversionistic believer.
“Having become callous” is the Perfect, Active, Participle in the Nominative, Plural of APALGEO, ἀπαλγέω that we mentioned briefly above. It is a hapax legomenon that means it is only used once in the NT. It means, “without pain, feeling no pain, unfeeling, callous, or numb.” It is from APO, “from,” plus ALGEO that means, “to feel pain, either bodily or emotional, or to suffer.” So it comes to mean, “to be free from pain,” either physical or emotional. Another meaning might be, “numb.” BDAG translates its usage here as, “to be so inured that one is not bothered by the implications of what one is doing, become callous, dead to feeling, and without a sense of right and wrong.”
It has been translated in various modern and ancient translations such as, “past feeling,” (KJV); “callous,” (RSV); “stifled (their) consciences,” (Phillips); “dead to all feeling,” (NEB); and “having lost all sensitivity,” (NIV).
This verb, in relation to our previous noun in vs. 18, POROSIS, for “callous,” speaks more to the results or subsequent actions of having built us callousness upon the soul. Here APALGEO is in the Intensive or Resultative Perfect Tense once again, to go along with the other intensive perfect tenses of vs. 18, which emphasis the present state of existence, because of past actions. Here we have the Active Voice, rather than the Passive, to emphasis the active role the unbeliever and reversionistic believer play in producing the action of the verb, i.e., “losing feeling” in the spiritual sense.
So rather than translating it, “having become callous” which has more of the noun connotation, it should read, “having cast off all feeling,” in regards to the spiritual life. That is, they “have become numb,” concerning the discernment of right and wrong in the spiritual life. That means that the norms and standards in their soul that should be based on the absolute truth of God’s Word, has been run over or replaced by relative truth, sin, evil, and human good, which is all a part of cosmic viewpoint inside of Satan’s cosmic system. The Nominative Participle does give this verb a noun connotation, but the verbal aspect is more in force here than the noun. It simply reflects a state of being that they are presently in, based on past negative volition towards God and His Word.
Therefore, this verb means that they no longer can distinguish between truth and the lie, and right and wrong in terms of the absolute basis of God’s Word / Bible Doctrine. That is why some of the more modern Bible translations translate it as such: “They have no sense of shame,” (NLT); “They don’t care anymore about right and wrong,” (TLB); “Who having no more power of feeling,” (BBE); “They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain,” (MSG), etc.
As we noted in vs. 18, this callousness resulting in having become numb or are without feeling in regards to the truth of God’s Word and the spiritual life for the Church Age, speaks of what we call “Scar Tissue upon the Soul.” As more and more callous or scar tissue builds up on the soul, the harder it becomes for the believer to apply God’s Word to life, as well as, becoming harder to take in God’s Word. The unbeliever builds scar tissue on their soul through the constant rejection of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The reversionistic believer builds up scar tissue upon their soul through the constant rejection of the intake and application of God’s Word, as noted in vs. 18, which has negative effects on the soul and the spiritual life.
Therefore, we see that “Blackout of the Soul” or “being darkened in their understanding,” vs. 18a, is the negative effect of not taking in God’s Word in the left lobe, (NOUS, mind), of your soul, while “Scar Tissue of the Soul,” or “hardness/callouness of the heart,” that is “casting off all feeling” regarding the spiritual life, vs. 18d – 19a, is the further negative effect on the right lobe (KARDIA, heart), of your soul, due to the lack of not only the intake of God’s Word, but also the application of it in your soul. This is the ultimate in rejection of Bible Doctrine. Because no doctrine is coming in, cycling through, or going out of your soul in application towards life, “Scar Tissue” builds up instead, choking out future intake and application of God’s Word.
The Doctrine of the Scar Tissue of the Soul.
1.) Scar Tissue of the Soul comes from the English translation of the Greek for “Hardness of the Heart” found in Mark 3:5; Rom 11:25; Eph 4:18. The noun is POROSIS and the verb is POROO that mean, “callousness, dullness, stubborn-ness, lack of feeling, and make hard, become stubborn, blind, or cover with a callus.” Their root was also used for “to petrify or to harden like a stone, a kidney stone.” In addition, in Eph 4:19, the verb APALGEO means, “without pain, unfeeling, callous, or numb.” It is used in regards to the negative effect on the spiritual life, which is caused by being calloused or hardened, due to reversionism, i.e., not knowing and applying God’s Word, the absolute truth, in holiness and righteousness. The “hardness of the neck” is exactly the same as the “hardness of the heart,” but emphasizes the insubordination which accom-panies hardness of heart, rather than just negative volition, 2 Kings 17:14; Neh 9:16; 17:29; Jer 7:26; 19:15.
2.) From the sense of a calloused heart, we get the term, “Scar Tissue of the Soul.” It is the result of prolonged residence and function inside the cosmic system due to negative volition toward God and His Word. There is generally a logical retrogression in which Blackout of the Soul, (which we have noted above), precedes Scar Tissue of the Soul, or is coterminous with it, and they have a cyclical effect on each other. What Blackout of the Soul is to the mind, (NOUS – the left lobe of the soul), Scar Tissue of the Soul is to the heart, (KARDIA – the right lobe of the soul).
3.) When the believer is negative towards God’s Word, he stops taking it in and applying it in his life. When this occurs, false information enters the soul and is applied to life. This is a pseudo function of GAP in the cosmic system and causes the Blackout of the Soul. Because of the Blackout of the Soul, it spreads like a disease and results in the right lobe malady of Scar Tissue of the Soul. Scar Tissue of the Soul is this false information being processed in the various compartments of the believer’s heart including; his frame of reference, norms and standards, vocabulary center, memory center, and is the basis for application to life. Scar Tissue of the Soul has a detrimental effect on every part of the soul.
- Scar tissue of the soul results in loss of perceptive ability in the frame of reference. The believer with Scar Tissue of the Soul can listen to doctrine every day, yet still react and remain in ignorance.
- In his memory center, he forgets what doctrine he learned and cannot apply it. His momentum is stopped.
- In his vocabulary storage, all technical language related to perception and application is gradually destroyed.
- In his categorical storage, Scar Tissue of the Soul destroys categorical doctrinal understanding, such as the rationales used in the faith-rest drill.
- Scar tissue of the soul destroys the norms and standards related to truth, thus wiping out the conscience. Loss of norms and standards motivates the believer to function under the plan of Satan.
- In the launching pad, Scar Tissue of the Soul destroys all application of doctrine and the Christian way of life of impersonal love. Scar tissue of the soul is a guarantee of the destruction of true love. Personal love cannot survive without the integrity of impersonal love.
Therefore, Scar Tissue of the Soul is that spiritual malady of involvement in the cosmic system resulting in total loss of momentum, and eventuating in the most awful discipline from God.
4.) Continuing the physiological analogy of the heart for the functioning of the soul, in Eph 4:23, we see that the soul actually “breaths,” PNUEMA, translated “spirit.” So just as the heart pumps blood throughout the body, so does the KARDIA of the soul pump Bible doctrine throughout the body. For blood to be effective for the body, it must continually displace built up CO2 through the lungs and be re-oxygenated by them through the process of breathing. So too must our souls be continually displacing false doctrine and information from Satan’s cosmic system and be re-energized with new Bible doctrine coming into the soul. In other words, the word for “mind” emphasizes the function of the left lobe as a processor of doctrine; it is a staging area, not the final resting place of Bible doctrine. The left lobe has a processor, which is called “breathing” and this implies the existence of lungs. The intake and the output of doctrine would be comparable to physiological breathing. Therefore, we have the heart, lung, and breathing analogy of the soul. When we stop taking in Bible doctrine, the Blackout of the left lobe, mind of the soul, negatively affects the right lobe, heart of the soul. As a result, callouses or scar tissue build up on the heart of the soul making it more and more difficult to cycle Bible doctrine in and out of the soul. The definition “Hardness of the Heart” or “Scar Tissue of the Soul” is the blackout of the left lobe, which invariably causes scar tissue to form on the right lobe.
5.) The soul has two “lungs”, here after, we will call them the left bank and the right bank. Each lung has five breathing apparatuses. The left bank is used for the inhale of GNOSIS (Data) Bible Doctrine. The right bank is used for the exhale of EPIGNOSIS (Full Knowledge) Bible Doctrine that becomes SOPHIA or wisdom. The left bank represents our relationship with God. The right bank represents our relationship towards man. The left bank is designed for relationship with God, inhale, 2 Tim 2:15; James 1:5. The right bank is designed for relationship with man; that is the exhale, 2 Cor 5:20; James 2:8.
- Volition, with Bible Doctrine the volition responds to God’s will.
- Mentality, with Bible Doctrine you are able to think Divine viewpoint, without Bible Doctrine at best what you will achieve is human viewpoint.
- Self-Consciousness, with Bible Doctrine you will be occupied with Christ, without Bible Doctrine you will be occupied with self.
- Conscience (norms and standards), with Bible Doctrine you will have Divine nature of norms and standards, without Bible Doctrine at best you will have human norms and standards.
- Emotions (response of the soul), with Bible Doctrine you will have the ability to respond and appreciate God, without Bible Doctrine at best you will appreciate yourself.
- The Old Sin Nature is the distorter of the soul, but is not in the soul.
- With Bible Doctrine the Old Sin Nature is frustrated, without Bible Doctrine the Old Sin Nature is satisfied. Rom 6:6, 7:7-18.
6.) Scar tissue is built up on the left bank of the soul by means of neglecting Bible Doctrine showing negative volition towards Bible Doctrine. This automatically switches on the MATAIOTES vacuum into which worldly evil and wisdom flow, Eph 4:17.
7.) Scar tissue is built up on the right bank of the soul by:
- Adultery, Prov 6:32, (“lacking sense” is literally “lacking heart); Eph 4:19; 5:3.
- Mental Attitude Sins: bitterness, pride, jealousy, hate, vindictiveness (revenge), implacability (hostile anger), feeling guilty, worrying, etc. 1 John 2:9, 11. With the Blackout of the Soul and the Hardness of the Heart, it is impossible to avoid the repercussions of mental attitude sins, e.g. Hymenaeus and Alexander fell into this, 1 Tim 1:20.
- Drunkenness and drugs. (There is nothing wrong with alcohol, but there is something wrong with being drunk.), Rom 13:13, Eph 5:18.
- All other categories of sin, human good, and evil.
8.) Jude 1:10-13, gives us another description of the unbeliever’s lifestyle that results from Scar Tissue on the Soul, as an example for believers.
Jude 1:10-13, “But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed. 11Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah. 12These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted; 13wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom (unbelievers) the black darkness has been reserved forever.”
9.) Scar tissue can build up on the soul of the believer as well as the unbeliever. All that is necessary is the rejection of the Word of God either post-salvation for the believer or pre-salvation for the unbeliever towards the gospel of Jesus Christ, cf. John 12:40; 2 Thes 2:10-12; 2 Peter 2:22.
2 Peter 2:22, “It has happened to them according to the true proverb, “A dog returns to its own vomit,” (Prov 26:11), and, “A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire”.”
Blackout of the Soul and Scar Tissue of the Soul combine to reject all forms of truth. “Vomit” here includes: All forms of false doctrine and world viewpoints like socialism, communism, the welfare state, redistribution of wealth, social equality, and being saved by anything except faith in Christ.
10.) Scar tissue can finally choke out the soul, for example.
- Unbelievers, example is Judas Iscariot, Mat 27:3-10. The Pharaoh of Exodus is another illustration, Rom 9; Ex 9.
- Believers: Ananias and Sapphira, (Sin Unto Death), Acts 5:1-11, 1 John 5:16-17. The Exodus generation; the account of the Meribah revolution, Ex 17; Num 20; 27:14, discussed in, Psa 95:8; Heb 3:8, 15; 4:7. Zedekiah’s hardness of heart, 2 Chron 36:11-13.
11.) How is scar tissue removed?
The solution to Scar Tissue or Hardness of the Heart is generally the same in both cases. For the unbeliever it is response to the gospel by faith in Christ, and for the believer it is reversion recovery through the intake of doctrine. In both cases it is positive volition toward God’s Word.
- For the unbeliever it is at the point of salvation; all of it is removed, Isa 43:25, 44:22.
- For believers:
1) Rebound, (naming your sins to God the Father), provides the filling of the Holy Spirit but it does not remove scar tissue. This will set the believer on the road to remove scar tissue. Rebound comes from the Greek word HOMOLEGEO, “confess, acknowledge, site your sins,” 1 John 1:9; Eph 5:18.
2) Crash program on Doctrine, Heb 6.
3) Exhale of residual doctrine from the human spirit, EPIGNOSIS, resulting in an Edification Complex of the Soul (ECS).
12.) The antithesis of scar tissue in the Christian life is the existence of an Edification Complex of the Soul (ECS). When your emotions revolt, any Bible doctrine stored in the heart of your soul shuts down and your emotions begin to run your soul instead of responding to the doctrine in your heart. Emotion contains no doctrine and does not have conscience. If you have negative volition toward Bible Doctrine, it is inevitable you will have emotional revolt of the soul and have misery. As a result, you no longer inhale or exhale Bible Doctrine in either the left or the right lobe, this is the state of apostasy. To protect your soul against this, you need to build up your soul with God’s Word on a consistent basis, so that you have the ECS that provides the power and strength, through God’s Word in your soul, for overcoming the temptations of sin and emotional revolt of the soul that leads to Scar Tissue on the Soul.
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore our sins will never be held against us. Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life.
To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:
“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”
If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!