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At the end of this unit, you will be able to:
Give the main theme of Matthew 23:1-36. List the seven errors the Pharisees made in this passage. Discuss the motive, mask, and result of their actions.
Define the word “Emotions”. Give one example of how Jesus and the Jews expressed the two strongest human emotions.
Give one word which describes the chief characteristic of emotions which are controlled by God and those which are not controlled by God. Tell why they can be described that way.
Explain to someone who has a very bad temper how he can consecrate his emotions to God. Suggest some ways in which he can channel his anger and show God’s love and kindness.
Arguing in the Temple
In this subject we shall study the argument between Jesus and his enemies in the Temple.
In our last subject we saw that the three aspect of the human personality are the emotions, the intellect, and the will. In the Great Commandment Jesus describes the personality which is given totally to God in love.
like the rest of these parts of the personality, the human mind had been created perfect. But, through the effects of sin which entered into man after Adam’s fall, the mind became out of and .
Today’s subject has to do with the Consecrated Intellect. Before we look at the way Jesus handled the arguments in the Temple, we will study the effect that sin has had upon the mind more closely. Turn to II Corinthians 4:4 in your Bible and read the verse. (Keep your Bible open to this passage.)
According to this verse, who is the god of this world?
What does he do to the minds of those who do not believe?
Why is it hard for unbelievers to understand the gospel?
Mark your place in II Corinthians and look up Ephesians 4:17-18. What is the condition of the human mind before it is renewed by the lord Jesus Christ? (list three answers.)