Faith in God and the blessings He has given us in Messiah brings a true heart, full assurance of Faith and a clean conscience.
“… let us draw near with a trueheart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22 ESV.
In Hebrews, the writer defines Faith and gives us examples of the Faith of God’s Old Covenant people.
“Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen. For by this, the elders obtained approval. By faith we understand that the universe has been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which are visible.” Hebrews 11:1-3 WMB
God’s Old Covenant people were natural mankind, heart, soul, and mind.
We who believe Messiah Jesus is the Son of God his Father sent to this earth to take away the sin of the world have been born of the Spirit and are spirit, soul and body. (1 Thessalonians 5:23) Our heart is part of our soul.
When asked “what is the greatest commandment?” The religious leaders attempt to discredit Messiah Jesus failed.
“Yeshua said to him, “‘You shall love The LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. A second likewise is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The whole Torah and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.”” Matthew 22:37-40.
“For the Torah/Law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Yeshua the Messiah.” John 1:17.
God gives us faith to believe and He creates a new order of mankind in Messiah Jesus by the Holy Spirit.
“You were made alive when you were dead in transgressions and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience. We also all once lived among them in the lusts of our flesh, doing the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead/spiritually through our trespasses, made us alive together with Messiah — by Grace you have been saved — and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavenly places in Messiah Yeshua, that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Messiah Yeshua; for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, that no one would boast. F or we are his workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:1-10 (2 Timothy 1:7-11)
When we believe in Messiah Jesus and are baptized, we are saved and are are born again as new spiritual beings with a spirit.
Jesus explained that to Nicodemus.
“Truly, I tell you emphatically, unless a person is born from above he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
“Nicodemus asked him, “How can a person be born when he is old? He can’t go back into his mother’s womb a second time and be born, can he?”
“Jesus answered, “Truly, I tell you emphatically, unless a person is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. Don’t be astonished that I told you, ‘All of you must be born from above.”” John 3:3-7 ISV.
Both the Old Covenant people and New Covenant people are soul and have a heart. Ron McGatlin — Open Heaven gives us this insight.
“THE HEART OF MAN IS OUR SPIRIT AND SOUL COMBINED.
“Our spirit relates to the spirit realm and our soul relates to the natural realm..
“… let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of Faith…”
David had a heart that pleased God and would do His will.
“Afterward they asked for a king, and God gave to them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. When he had removed him, (1 Samuel 13:13-14) he raised up David to be their king, to whom he also testified, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’ From this man’s offspring, God has brought salvation to Israel according to his promise, before his coming, when Yochanan had first preached the immersion of repentance to Israel. As Yochanan was fulfilling his course, he said, ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. But behold, one comes after me, the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’” Acts 13:16-25 (1 Kings 8:61; 11:4; 15:3;15:14; 2 Kings 10:15)
~ Bill Bremer