Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Doctrine of Emotion. Part 3.

Friday, October 26, 2007

1. Isagogics = historical setting of the passage.
2. Categories = systematic theology developed from combining Scripture with Scripture.
3. Exegesis = grammatical and syntactical analysis of the passage from the original languages.

Point 2. The New Testament Greek words for emotion.
(a) Koilia is identified with the solar plexus, a part of the central nervous system; therefore, it is often translated “stomach.”

ACT 2:13 - they thought that the early Church were “full of sweet wine”

Hippocrates, a physician who was called the father of medicine and who lived around 400 BC, used this word for both the stomach and womb, but he did not correctly identify it as the solar plexus, which is often confused with the stomach.

HEB 12:2 Be concentrating on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the happiness set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame,

ISA 52:14 His appearance was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men.

ISA 53:3-5, He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being {fell} upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

ISA 53:6-7, The Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.

ISA 53:10 But the Lord was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief;

(b) Splagnon - represents the parasympathetic and sympathetic effects of emotion. It is the word for intestines, often translated “guts” or “entrails” or “tender mercies.” It means feelings and affections.

Splanchnon or emotions

They had been hindered in their spiritual growth, not by the content of the messages, but because they had switched from divine power to human power: their emotions.

PHI 1:8 For God is my witness, how I deeply desire all of you with the affections [splagnon] of Christ Jesus.

PHI 2:1 Since therefore there is encouragement in Christ, since there is comfort from virtue-love, since there is fellowship of the Spirit, since there is tendernesses [splagnon] and compassions,

COL 3:12 And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion [splagnon], kindness, humility, gentleness and patience;

“Because” - conjunction hoti + definite article ta + nominative plural noun splagchnon = inward parts, intestines; here tender and deep affections.

1JO 3:17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his [not heart but splagnon] against him, how does the love of God abide in him?

(c) Nephros - translated “reins” in the King James version and “heart” in the NA.

Emotion was never designed by God to replace the mentorship of God the Holy Spirit as our teacher.

(a) Emotion does not contain thought.
(b) Emotion does not contain the ability to reason.
(c) Emotion does not contain common sense.
(d) Emotion does not contain vocabulary as a tool for mental function.
(e) Emotion has no doctrinal content.

Point 3. Emotions are tested by God.

PSA 7:9 “For the righteous God tests the right lobes and the emotions.”
PSA 26:2 “Test my emotions and my right lobe.”

In every one of these verses, there is in effect an anthropomorphism; otherwise this would mean God does not really know what is going on in your soul until He runs a check on you.

Testing is used as an anthropomorphism to determine your capacity for life.

Since capacity for life is based on the amount of doctrine in your right lobe, testing your emotions refers to testing the response of your emotions to this information.

Point 4. Old Testament Words for Emotions.

Racham or the “bowels” is used to designate the emotions and point to having mercy,
GEN 43:30; 1KI 3:26.

GEN 43:30 And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother.

This word was translated bowels because bowels are a portion of the anatomy that is empty but filled with something.

Me`ah - intestines, or the abdomen, the stomach, the belly, bowels, the place of emotions.

JOB 30:27 My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.
- KJV

SOS 5:4 My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.
- KJV

JER 4:19 My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.

JER 4:19 My soul, my soul! I am in anguish! Oh, my heart! My heart is pounding in me; I cannot be silent, Because you have heard, O my soul [nephesh],
- NAS

LAM 1:20 Behold, O LORD; for I am in distress: my bowels are troubled; mine heart is turned within me;

Beten = something that is hollow; the belly, the abdomen.

PRO 13:25 The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.
- KJV

PRO 18:8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

PRO 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.
- KJV

Kilyah - “reins” = used to designate the emotions.

Kilyah = fat pads which cover the kidneys and adrenal glands.

The adrenal glands secrete the hormone epinephrine which is the fright, flight, or fight hormone.

It is used in such passages as PSA 139:13, PRO 23:16; JER 12:12; JER 20:12.

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