This is part 2 in our study of Life vs. Death. Check out yesterdays post here for part 1.
Our mouth reveals the truth of what we believe in our hearts. It’s a heart issue, not a mouth issue. We can change what is coming out of our mouth but if it doesn’t lines up with what our heart believes it is a work of the flesh, it is us trying to bring forth life. Jesus recognized this in Matthew 12:34
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.
~We speak what we really believe, our mouths speak what is in our hearts
Jesus was speaking here to the pharisees who believed their work is what saved them.
When looking at the greek meaning behind the words in this verse you see something that can also be translated like this:
You offspring of the snake, you who are poneros (which by definition is the very picture of being full of labors, annoyances, hardships and works) How can you speak anything good? (Agathos: good in nature, as to the believer, describes what originates from God and is empowered by Him)
Here is my parapharse:
You offspring of the snake who are full of labors and works, how can you speak anything that originates from God? For out of the true belief of the heart the mouth speaks.
We speak what we really believe, our mouths speak what is in our hearts. When we focus on trying to control what is coming out of our mouths we are missing the real issue, the root issue, our hearts.
Let’s look at Matt 12:35
The good man brings out of good treasure what is good; and evil man brings out evil treasure what is evil.
Good again is agothos as we saw above meaning good in nature, as to the believer, describes what originates from God and is empowered by him.
Evil again her is Poneros as we saw above, being full of labors, annoyances, and hardships
The person empowered by God pulls out treasure originated from God, the person full of labors and annoyances brings out treasure from that same vein, self effort. What would you call it if we are trying to control what is coming out of our mouth? Self Effort or God empowerment? I’d say self effort. If the fruit of Daddy’s spirit in us is self-discipline than he is going to be the only one that can truly change our heart and thus forth what comes out of our mouths. We see again her the comparison of Life vs. Death. God birthed and freely given (Life) or labor and toil by our own self works (Death).
So what about our tongue? Is it all bad? As we saw yesterday it’s really more about what is coming out of it as that is what illuminates what our heart is believing.
And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the
whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
Doesn’t sound like the tongue in any way could be positive after reading this verse does it? So how exactly does the tongue defile?
If the tongue is referenced to fire in this verse we can see it as a metaphor. By looking at other verses in the bible containing the word fire we can see fire as something that can both enlighten and purify us so we can share in God’s likeness or as something that speaks the opposite of the truth about us and God, and hence defiles. One tongue compared to fire, more than one description of what we see fire do in the bible.
Fire in the bible represents the very presence of God (Exod 3:2-6) IN the New Testament Paul talks about the second coming of Christ as “in blazing fire”). Several passages also focus on fire as synonymous with or in association with God’s glory, which is his view and opinion of us. (Exod 24:17; Deut 5:24)
Look at Luke 3:16 where fire is referenced as good:
“I baptize you with water for repentance (change of mind), but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Jesus came and baptized with the Holy Spirit which resides within us and with fire, which is seen here as the manifestation of God.
Fire is also a symbol of God’s vengeance many times in the bible. We must understand however what God’s vengeance is against, it is not against man but against the Law system of death which He hates as that was never his plan us.
Fire is the greek word Pur, meaning Holy Fire, Gods Spirit in us buring away all that is not true. Isn’t that an amazing revelation of God’s vengeance? His Holy Anger against a system of death that was stealing Life away from us. What a good father.
Jesus came to burn away the old law system. He came so that we can have life and have it abundantly, he came to put the system of death to death. Praise God.
Check out Part 3 Tomorrow