A Short Study of Matthew 12:34

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”
(Matthew 12:34)


Listen to what a man speaks of most and his heart is revealed.

John bore record of Christ, and his record was what God the Spirit had taught him.

Great swelling words of religion easily fill the mouth of the unregenerate heart, but that which finds its source and focus in Christ only, bears record of a new creation.

Many times I have asked different folks what their hope of salvation is . . . if they hope to get to Heaven, Why?

Whatever a person truly believes in their heart is what will first come out of their mouth. I asked someone else the same question again the other day, and their reply was, “I’m a good person and have lived a good Christian life.” When I proceeded to tell them what scripture says, “Not by works of righteousnees” . . . “not of works lest any man should boast”, that salvation is by the sovereign mercy of God, the righteous life of Christ and His blood shed for remission of our sins; they quickly add: “O, I believe in God, I believe in Jesus.” But that is not what came out of their mouth and so it must not be written on their heart.

If you ask a true child of God of their hope of eternal life, every single one will immediately say: “Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” True saving faith is looking to, trusting, and depending on the Lord Jesus Christ to save you. True saving faith is believing that Christ alone is your hope of eternal life. If God has truly put that faith in a person’s heart, it will not only be the first thing out of their mouth but the only thing.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ’s blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Lord Jesus’ Name.


Paul Mahan

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