THE MIND, THE HEART, AND THE IMAGE(Part 2)

THE MIND, THE HEART, AND THE IMAGE(Part 2) Let us now turn to ourselves and consider what we are as containers. Do not think that w...

THE MIND, THE HEART, AND THE IMAGE(Part 2)



Let us now turn to ourselves and consider what we are as containers. Do not think that we are so simple. I believe the medical doctors could tell us that the human body is very delicate and complicated. A human being is not a simple container, like a bottle containing a beverage; on the contrary, man has many different parts. This is why we must know the different parts of man as well as the three Persons of God in order to hit the mark of God’s economy. God’s economy involves His three Persons, and the mark of His economy involves our different parts.

So many of us drive a car. But it is impossible to drive a car unless we know some of its parts. We must learn at least the essential parts for its operation. For example, we need to identify and locate such parts as the brake, the gear shift, the ignition, etc. If we do not know the parts of the car, we do not know how to operate it. Likewise, in order for us to realize how we can contain God, we must know the different parts of our being.

Consider how many parts are found in a short passage in 2 Corinthians 4. In verse four there is the mind, and in verse six the heart. At least two parts, the mind and the heart, are found in this passage. Perhaps you have been a Christian for many years, and up to this very time you do not know the difference between the mind and the heart. We read that the mind could be blinded by the enemy and the heart could be enlightened by the light of God. The god of this age blinds the minds of the unbelievers, but God shines His light into the hearts of the believers. Perhaps you thought that you understood this part of the Word, but never considered that here are two parts of the human being.
Before defining the mind and the heart from the Scriptures, let us use the camera as an illustration. The camera was made to take something in. To take a picture means to take something into the camera. When I visited Tokyo, I used my camera to take Tokyo in. My intention was that an image outside the camera should be brought inside the camera.

What was necessary for me to take a picture into the camera? Three main things: the lens without, the film within, and the light. With these three things, an object can be taken into the camera. Several years ago when I was traveling on the train, I took some pictures. After the films were processed, many of them were blank. What had happened? I discovered that I was in such a hurry to take the pictures that I forgot to take the cover off the lens. The lens was blinded by the covering.


Many times, when an unbeliever comes to hear a good message of the Gospel, we think, “Oh, tonight this man will surely be saved!” But eventually, he is still blank. The enemy of God has blinded his mind. The mind is the understanding organ, and Satan has blinded the understanding of this listener. Regardless how good the message is and how much he has heard, yet his understanding has been blinded, or covered. His mind is still a blank, nothing has been taken in.


Thirty years ago Brother Watchman Nee was preaching the Gospel, telling people that God’s intention was not for us to do good. Good does not mean anything to God. He stressed this point so much that it was very clear. A brother had brought a friend to the meeting, and, looking at his friend from time to time during the message, he noticed that he was always nodding his head positively as if he understood. The brother was so happy, thinking his friend was listening carefully and taking everything in. Do you know what happened? Afterwards, the brother asked his friend, “What do you think about the message?” He replied, “Yes, all religions encourage people to do good!” But in his message Brother Nee had stressed so clearly that God had no intention to require man to do good. This man’s reply indicated that his understanding was blinded by the enemy. Many times we need to pray that God would bind the god of this age, bind his blinding work during a message. This simply means to take the cover off the lens.

After the cover is taken off, we need the right kind of film. Without the proper film, even though the lens is right, it will not work. We cannot receive a proper picture if we are using the wrong film. The film illustrates our heart. Our mind is like the lens, and our heart is like the film. Therefore, our heart must be tuned and adjusted properly. We need the lens, and we also need the film. We need the understanding mind, and we need the receiving heart. The heart must be pure, clean, right, adjusted.

Yet, even if we have the lens and the film, we still need the light. We need the light to shine through the lens and onto the film. The divine light of God’s glory shines upon us to give the image and picture of Christ. This very image of Christ is the treasure in the earthen vessels. Through this illustration we can realize how to deal with our mind and our heart. It is just like the camera: we must know how to adjust the lens and how to use the film. If we do not know how to handle the lens and the film, we can never receive a proper picture.
Spiritual experiences are just like taking pictures. We ourselves are the cameras, and we must learn how to use our camera in order to receive God in Christ as the picture. It is regrettable that so many dear Christians simply do not know how to handle their minds and their hearts. In fact, they do not even know that they themselves are cameras.

Christianity is not, strictly speaking, a religion teaching people to do this and to do that. It is simply Christ Himself, the living One, being wrought into us. He is the very object, the very figure, and we are the camera. As the object, He must be wrought into us by the shining of the divine light through the lens onto the film. Day by day and moment by moment, we need the divine light to shine more of the image of Christ through the understanding of the mind that we may receive Him into our heart. Therefore, we must learn how to adjust the mind and the heart.

What are the spiritual experiences? They are simply the pictures of Christ taken into us, the camera, and impressed upon our spiritual film. With some Christians the lens is nearly always covered, and the film is usually improperly adjusted.

If you look at their film there is no picture; every photo of the film is blank, because there are no experiences of Christ. But if the Apostle Paul came and we opened his camera and took out the film, we would find that every photo is a picture full of Christ. Everything depends on how much we adjust the lens and take care of the film—i.e., how much we deal with our mind and properly tune our heart. If we do this well, whenever the divine light shines upon us, the image of Christ will be shined into us. We will have a beautiful picture of Christ. This is God’s economy with its mark.

Now we know the importance of learning our different parts. We were made to contain God in every part. We must go on to know them all—more than even the mind and heart.



Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Watchman Nee and Witness lee , Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.

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