Definitions

Anathema – to be accursed.

Atonement – the covering of or payment for sin, the appeasement and reconciliation to God.

Blasphemy – a type of sin, namely: speech that is hostile, malicious, injurious, and derogatory of God. 

Confession – is to admit to God your sin and ask for forgiveness. Here are the 3 steps to confession: 

  1. Acknowledge your sin to God – this is to agree with God that you have sinned. To ignore your sin leaves it unforgiven and deadens your conscience so that soon this sin is a way of life. Stay in the word and pray for God to illuminate your sin so you will know. It is easy to live in sin when ignorant or apathetic.
  • Repent of your sin – this is to change your path and sin no more. To ask for forgiveness and then continue in sin is to dishonor God with hypocrisy.
  • Thank God for his forgiveness of your sin – be consistently and sincerely grateful to God for his mercy that is inexhaustible and fresh every morning! Read Lamentations 3:22-23

Also, know that because of what Jesus did on the cross, we can take our sin directly to God. Read Mark 15:38. We do not need an earthly intermediary to approach God and receive mercy for our sin.

Conscience – an inner feeling, or sensitivity, that acts as a guide to one’s behavior being right or wrong. A conscience that is alive and active is used by God to guide and direct. A conscience that is dead allows us to sin and defy God without care. A seared conscience by profane living allows one to happily follow the path to hell.

Covenant – an alliance, pledge, or agreement.

Darkness – Darkness is death. Darkness is lies, ignorance, immorality, and evil.

Day of The Lord – usually refers in scripture to a time in history characterized by God’s working in the world in direct, dramatic ways. It is not a day, but a span of time during which God personally intervenes in history, directly or indirectly, to accomplish some specific aspect of his plan. It contrasts with “the day of man,” in which affairs appear to be proceeding without divine intervention.

The eschatological “day of the Lord,” prophesied in the Old Testament, begins after the rapture of the church and ends with the destruction of the heavens and earth, encompassing also the tribulation, the Millennium, and the White Throne Judgement. It contains both judgment (in the Tribulation) and blessing (in the Millennium). Just as the Jews counted the nighttime as the first part of each day, and the daytime as the second part, so the “day of the Lord” will begin with a “dark” period (the Tribulation) followed by a “light” period (the Millennium). People living on the earth when the day of the Lord begins (i.e., unbelievers, since Christians will be with the Lord in heaven immediately following the Rapture) will not expect it.

Dispensation – management of a household or of household affairs, an administrator or office manager or overseer or stewardship. Within these dispensation time periods are covenants with man.

Dissipation – wasting by misuse. A way of living that is indifferent to moral restraints; given to immoral or improper conduct, especially excessive drinking of liquor; intemperance; licentious.

Doctrine – a particular principle, position, or policy taught or advocated. What we believe.

Dominion – the power of governing and controlling, sovereign authority.

Elect – those who have been drawn to God and have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. The saved souls.

Ethos – the fundamental character or spirit of a culture; the underlying sentiment that informs the beliefs, customs, or practices of a group or society; dominant assumptions of a people or period:

Exhort, Exhortications – to urge, advise, or caution earnestly; admonish urgently. To give urgent advice, recommendations, or warnings.

Evangelical – a believer who is faithful in sharing and promoting the good news about salvation through Jesus Christ. A believer who holds to the inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of scripture, the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

Faith – is complete confidence, trust, and assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Faith is believing in the word of God. Living in faith is obeying the word of God.

Fear of God – For the believer – awe (fear, even paralysis, plus overwhelming possibility), respect, reverence, and obedience to our Father, who has total authority and power over everything. For those who do not believe – fear of the judgment, condemnation, and wrath of God to come.

Forgiveness – the removal of our guilt for our sinful nature and sins committed up to the point of salvation. To accomplish this, Jesus went to the cross in our place and bore our sins. 1 Peter 2:24 This is the mercy of God, to not dispense the punishment that we deserve – because it was instead endured by Jesus. Read Isaiah 53:5 In addition to the dismissal of our sin penalty, by the grace of God, the righteousness of Jesus Christ has been imputed to us.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

There are two distinct types of forgiveness:

  • Judicial Forgiveness – all trespasses forgiven and declared righteousness forever. This brings us salvation by faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
  • Parental Forgiveness – daily forgiveness for our sinful missteps in the world. Not to bring us salvation but to better our intimacy and favor with God. We must confess our sins every day and repent. This is a way of life, striving to be obedient and relying on God’s mercy in our human frailty.

Foreknew – to know beforehand.

Gentile – a person who is not a Jew.

Glory or to Glorify – to give weight and meaning, importance and significance. This is the opposite of trivial or unimportant.

Glorification – of man is the final removal of sin from the life of the saints (Christians).

Grace – the free and undeserved favor of God. It is the opposite of Karma which is getting what you deserve.

Hosanna – a cry of acclamation and adoration

Humility – putting others ahead of yourself. The lack of arrogance and pride. This is the most Chris-like attribute to possess.

Immoral – Not moral; inconsistent with righteousness, purity, or good morals; contrary to conscience or the divine law; wicked; unjust; dishonest; vicious; licentious

Jew – a Jew is a person in the Jewish faith that has lineage back to Abraham.

Judaizer – one who introduces the Old Testament law of the Jews into Christianity. Saying that salvation is not by faith alone by also by works of man, adherence to the law of Moses.

Justification – declared righteous in the sight of God.

Kingdom of God – Where God rules. The sphere of God’s influence, where man happily serves in obedient humility.

Law – the straight line that illuminates how crooked man is. The righteousness that man cannot attain without Christ. The rules we cannot keep.

Legalism – the flawed belief that salvation can be attained by the adherence to rules, rituals, or laws of organized religion. Jesus berated the Jews for their legalism.

Liberty – freedom from legalism! Don’t offend the weaker brother, but enjoy this life – focus on the tenets and precepts from Christ, not from religion.

Light – Light is life. Light is truth, understanding, morality, and righteousness. Read Luke 1:78-79 God is light.

Licentious – sexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd. Unrestrained by law or general morality; lawless; immoral.

Logos – the rational principle that governs and develops the universe; the mind of God. The divine word or reason incarnate in Jesus Christ. John 1:1–4

Love – The word love can mean many things in our society. It often means trivial approval (“I love tacos”), the culmination of lust (“let’s make love”), or a statement of affection (“I love you dearly”). Biblically speaking, love speaks of the intent of our will, action, dedication, commitment, and purpose.  It springs from gratitude for God’s mercy, (the forgiveness of sin), his saving grace that declares us heirs to his kingdom (justification), and humble respect (fear) for who he is.  To love God in this way results in obedience to his will; if you love God, you will keep his commandments. Read John 4:15 It is not a love of emotion or friendship nor is it love in compliance with religious ritual. To love God is far beyond belief in him. The perfect example is Satan and his minions who certainly believe but do not love. The love of God distinguishes the truly saved Christian from the lost.

Lust -an immoral, illicit, unrighteous, or unholy desire or appetite.

Maranatha – is an Aramaic phrase that appears only once in the Bible. Read 1 Corinthians16:22 It means, “Come our Lord!”

Mercy – is the release from the penalty or punishment that you deserve. This is forgiveness.

Moral – the principles or rules of right conduct or the distinction between right and wrong; ethical. The Christian-Judeo precepts established what is right or wrong many centuries ago.

Penitent – feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong; repentant.

Perdition – a state of eternal punishment and damnation into which a sinful and unpenitent person passes after death.

Predestined Election – the total and absolute sovereignty of God who chose to redeem you before the foundation of the world. This is married and balanced with personal faith for salvation.

Preeminent – Superior to or notable above all others; outstanding; surpassing. Having paramount rank, dignity, or importance. Jesus Christ is preeminent.

Profane – characterized by irreverence or contempt for God or sacred principles or things; irreligious. Not devoted to holy or religious purposes; unconsecrated; secular (opposed to sacred). unholy; heathen; pagan.

Propitiation – is a two-part act that involves appeasing the wrath of an offended person and being reconciled to him.

Providence of God – the governance of God by which He, with wisdom and love, cares for and directs all things in the universe. The doctrine of divine providence asserts that God is in complete control of all things. This doctrine stands in direct opposition to the idea that the universe is governed by chance or fate. Through divine providence, God accomplishes His will.

Rapture –

Reconciled – the restoration of our relationship with God, restored to harmony with him.

Redeem, Redeemer, Redemption – to redeem is to buy back, to clear or to recover by payment or other satisfaction, to atone, to expiate (to make amends for, extinguish guilt).  Man is condemned, waiting for judgment to final damnation. His only hope is to be redeemed, to have the price that he owes God be paid by someone else.

Rest, God’s Rest to complete a journey, such as arriving at Canaan, the land of milk and honey; to cease striving, to stop from labor or exertion, to be free from anxiety, worry, pressure or guilt – to rest in the forgiving grace of God; to be at peace, settled and grounded – to be reconciled to God; to have trust and confidence – to rest in God’s security and to lean on him. God’s rest is to complete the course and rest in paradise with Christ; the author of our salvation. God’s rest is forfeited by unbelief. God’s rest is the opposite of Satan’s unsettled chaos and anguish.

Righteousness – morally correct, the state of moral perfection required by God to enter heaven.

Salvation – the deliverance, by the grace of God, from the penalty of sin; saved from the wrath of God.

Sacrifice – to give up something of value to realize something of greater value. This includes atonement or propitiation that is pleasing to God. The sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf served as the propitiation for the sins of the world – for those who believe.

Sanctification – to be set apart, reserved for God’s purpose. It is God guiding us to maturity, to progressively be made more like Jesus Christ.

Sin – disobeying the law of God and rebelling against him. Break one law and you are as guilty as if you broke them all. The penalty for sin is death, only in Christ can we be saved from that eternal damnation.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 1 John 2:15-17

The lust of the flesh is the desire to do something apart from the will of God (adultery and fornication). The lust of the eyes is the desire to have something outside the will of God (coveting, envy, greed). The boastful pride of life is the desire to be something apart from the will of God (arrogance, self-reliance, self-centered).

Sin is not bad because it is forbidden, sin is forbidden because it is bad.

Supplications – humble requests.

Temptation – From your flesh or Satan, to keep you from being like God’s son, drives you away from God, brings out the worst in you, destroys your faith, not from outside of your control – to follow your fleshly desires. This is common, God won’t let you be tempted beyond your ability to resist and God will give you a way to escape.

Theology – the study of divine things or religious truth; divinity. An attempt to understand God as He is revealed in the Bible.

Time of the Gentiles – the time when the gentile world system is in control. Gentile domination. When the time of the Gentiles ends, Christ will return.

Trials and Testing – From God, conform you to the image of God’s Son, brings you closer to God, bring out the best in you and show where you are deficient, make you stronger in your faith, always circumstantial – outside of your control.

Tribulation – grievous trouble; severe trial or suffering; affliction.

Vain, Vanity – a) Having or showing an excessively high opinion of one’s appearance, abilities, or worth – arrogance, narcissism, hubris. b) producing no result; useless, worthless, pointless, futile. There is nothing good about vanity!

Woe – “grief, anguish, affliction, wretchedness, calamity, or trouble.” The Dictionary of Bible Themes categorizes the uses of the word woe in the Bible: “Woe as an exclamation of judgment on others,” “Woe as an exclamation of misfortune on oneself,” “Woe as an exclamation of sadness over others,” and “Woe may give way to forgiveness, comfort, and deliverance”

Wrath – strong, stern, or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation; ire. Vengeance or punishment is the consequence of anger. The wrath of God is something to be avoided at all costs!

Wisdom – is the soundness of what we do, and our decisions are based upon our knowledge, experience, and good judgment.