Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding and Prophecy-Prophet: Study Material

Clarification and Defining Terms:

Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding and Prophecy-Prophet:

According to the Holy Bible’s Words to us!

By

Rev. G. L. Boyett

3/9/2015

 OT Hebrew Concordance

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Strong’s Hebrew: 8454. תּוּשִׁיָּה (tushiyyah) — sound 

 Brown-Driver-Briggs. תּוּשִׁיָּה noun feminine sound, efficient wisdom, abiding
success (on derivation, see above; according to Fl De proposes 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2452. חָכְמָה (chokmah) — wisdom

 Brown-Driver-Briggs. חָכְמָה noun feminine wisdom; — ׳ח absolute Daniel 2:30 +,
emphatic תָכְמְתָא Daniel 2:20 +, construct חָכְמַת 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2454. חָכְמוֹת (chokmoth) — wisdom 

 Strong’s Concordance. chokmoth: wisdom, every wise woman. Original Word: חָכְמוֹת
Part of Speech: Noun Feminine Transliteration: chokmoth Phonetic 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2451. חָכְמָה (chokmah) — wisdom

 Brown-Driver-Briggs. חָכְמה noun feminine wisdom, ׳ח Exodus 28:3 106t.;
construct חָכְמַת Exodus 35:35 15t.; suffix חָכְמָתִי 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3633. כַּלְכֹּל (Kalkol) — an Israelite 

 Strong’s Concordance. Kalkol: an Israelite noted for his wisdom. Original Word:
כַּלְכֹּל Part of Speech: Proper Name Masculine Transliteration: Kalkol 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4093. מַדָּע (madda) — knowledge, thought

 2 Chronicles 1:10 HEB: עַתָּ֗ה חָכְמָ֤ה וּמַדָּע֙ תֶּן־ לִ֔י
NAS: wisdom and knowledge, that I may go KJV: me now wisdom and 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 8394. תָּבוּן (tebunah) — an 

 or towbunah {to-boo-naw’}; from biyn; intelligence; by implication, an argument;
by extension, caprice — discretion, reason, skilfulness, understanding, wisdom 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3504. יִתְרוֹן (yithron) — advantage 

 advantage of knowledge; וְיִתְרוֺן הַכְשֵׁיר חָכְמָה Ecclesiastes
10:10 an advantage for giving success is wisdom; absolute אֵין 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 936. בּוּז (buz) — to despise

 8:7; יָבֻזוּ Songs 8:1; Infinitive absolute בּוֺז Songs 8:7; Participle Proverbs
11:12 2t.; — despise, shew despite toward (Wisdom Literature & 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 998. בִּינָה (binah) — an understanding

 21. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. knowledge, meaning, perfectly, understanding,
wisdom. From biyn; understanding — knowledge, meaning 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7922. שֵׂ֫כֶל (sekel) — prudence, insight

 Definition prudence, insight NASB Translation discretion (3), insight (4), intelligent*
(1), repute (1), sense (1), shrewdness (1), understanding (4), wisdom (1 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4148. מוּסָר (musar) — discipline 

 c. in Proverbs, discipline in the school of wisdom: ׳חכמה ומ Ezekiel
1:2,7; Ezekiel 23:23; חכמה ׳מ discipline of wisdom Ezekiel 15:33 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3052. יְהַב (yehab) — to give

 Daniel 2:21 HEB: וּמְהָקֵ֣ים מַלְכִ֑ין יָהֵ֤ב חָכְמְתָא֙
לְחַכִּימִ֔ין NAS: kings; He gives wisdom KJV: kings 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 370. מֵאַ֫יִן (ayin) — whence?

 Job 28:12 HEB: וְֽ֭הַחָכְמָה מֵאַ֣יִן תִּמָּצֵ֑א וְאֵ֥י NAS:
But where can wisdom be found?  INT: wisdom where be found how. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2090. זוֹ (zoh) — this

 Ecclesiastes 7:23 HEB: כָּל־ זֹ֖ה נִסִּ֣יתִי בַֽחָכְמָ֑ה NAS: all
this with wisdom, KJV: All this have I proved by wisdom: INT 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 6239. עֹ֫שֶׁר (osher) — riches

 1 Kings 10:23 HEB: מַלְכֵ֣י הָאָ֑רֶץ לְעֹ֖שֶׁר
וּלְחָכְמָֽה׃ NAS: of the earth in riches and in wisdom
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1370. גְּבוּרְתָא (geburah) — might

 Daniel 2:20 HEB: דִּ֧י חָכְמְתָ֛א וּגְבוּרְתָ֖א דִּ֥י
לֵֽהּ־ NAS: For wisdom and power belong to Him. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3308. יֹ֫פִי (yophi) — beauty

 16:14,15,25; Tyre Ezekiel 27:3 (כְּלִי֫לַת יֹ֑פִי), compare Ezekiel 27:4;
Ezekiel 27:11; prince of Tyre, beauty of (his) wisdom Ezekiel 28:7 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2910. טֻחוֹת (tuchah) — inward parts

 בַּטּ Psalm 51:8 faithfulness thou desirest in the inward parts, ie in the
heart (“” סָתֻם); of seat of wisdom חָכְמָה ׳מִי שָׁת 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 6098. עֵצָה (etsah) — counsel, advice

 2 Kings 18:20 = Isaiah 36:5 (compare Proverbs 20:18 below); also עֲצַת שָׁלוֺם
Zechariah 6:13 counsel of peace; practical wisdom, sagacity Isaiah 19 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1947. הוֹלֵלוֹת (holelah) — madness

 הֹלֵלוֺת, הוֺלֵלוֺת, and only Ecclesiastes: Ecclesiastes 1:17 and I set
my heart (וָאֶתְּנָה לִבִּי) to know wisdom, and to 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2449. חָכַם (chakam) — to be wise

 1), been…wise (1), deal wisely (1), exceedingly (1), make me wiser (1), makes
us wiser (1), making wise (1), skillful (1), teach his wisdom (1), wise (16 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7924. שָׂכְלְתָנוּ (soklethanu) 

 אֲב֗וּךְ נַהִיר֧וּ וְשָׂכְלְתָנ֛וּ וְחָכְמָ֥ה
כְּחָכְמַת־ NAS: illumination, insight and wisdom KJV: light 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5382. נָשָׁה (nashah) — to forget

 Hiph`il Perfect3masculine singular suffix הִשָּׁהּ חָכְמָה Job 39:17 God
caused her (the ostrich) to forget wisdom, ie did not endow her with it 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5107. נוּב (nub) — to bear fruit

 כִּי יָנוּב Psalm 62:11 if wealth beareth fruit; Proverbs 10:31 מִּי
צַדִּיק יָנוּב חָכְמָה beareth the fruit of wisdom
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3453. יָשִׁישׁ (yashish) — aged

 15:10 (“” שָׂב); Job 29:8 (opposed to נערים); בִּישִׁישִׁים חָכְמָה
Job 12:12 among aged men is wisdom (“” אֹרֶח יָמִים 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3718. כֶּ֫פֶל (kephel) — the double

 elsewhere dual כִּפְלַיִם (compare Arabic ), לְתוּשִׁיָּה Job 11:6 double
in sound wisdom (beyond what Job imagines), of retribution 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4901. מֶ֫שֶׁך (meshek) — a drawing 

 1 construct מֶשֶׁךְ חָכְמָה מִמְּנִינִים Job 28:18 the drawing up (fishing
up, ie securing after effort) of wisdom is beyond corals. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1900. הָגוּת (haguth) — meditation, a 

 ָ֯ compare Sta § 304 c ) לִבִּי ׳מִּי יְדַבֵּר חָכְמוֺת וְה
תְבוּנוֺת Psalm 49:4 my mouth shall speak wisdom, and the 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4912. מָשָׁל (mashal) — a proverb, parable

 מָשָׁל noun masculine Isaiah 14:4 proverb, parable (of sentences constructed
in parallelism, usually of Hebrew Wisdom, but occasionally of other types 
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NT Greek Concordance

Strong’s Greek: 5428. φρόνησις (phronésis) 

 Strong’s Concordance. phronésis: understanding, practical wisdom. Original Word:
φρόνησις, εως, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration 
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Strong’s Greek: 5385. φιλοσοφία (philosophia) — the love 

 Strong’s Concordance. philosophia: the love or pursuit of wisdom. Original Word:
φιλοσοφία, ας, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration 
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Strong’s Greek: 4678. σοφία (sophia) — skill, wisdom

 Strong’s Concordance. sophia: skill, wisdom. Original Word: σοφία, ας, ἡ Part of
Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: sophia Phonetic Spelling: (sof 
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Strong’s Greek: 4672. Σολομών (Solomón) — Solomon, a son 

 Zeitrechnung’ in Riehm’s HWB (especially p. 1823f))), built the temple at Jerusalem,
and was distinguished for his magnificence, splendor, and wisdom: Matthew 1 
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Strong’s Greek: 1108. γνῶσις (gnósis) — a knowing 

 ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: gnósis Phonetic Spelling:
(gno’-sis) Short Definition: knowledge, doctrine, wisdom Definition: knowledge 
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Strong’s Greek: 5457. φῶς (phós) — light

 σκοτία, which see): ἡ ζωή ἦν τό φῶς τῶν ἀνθρώπων, had the nature of light
in men, ie became the source of human wisdom, John 1 
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Strong’s Greek: 4680. σοφός (sophos) — skilled, wise

 Rec. in 1 Timothy 1:17; Jude 1:25; σοφώτερον, contains more wisdom,
is more sagaciously thought out, 1 Corinthians 1:25. 
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Strong’s Greek: 1344. δικαιόω (dikaioó) — to show to be 

 probably, δικαιοῦν δίκαιον, Isaiah 53:11): ἡ σοφία ἐδικαιώθη
ἀπό τῶν τέκνων αὐτῆς, the wisdom taught and 
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Strong’s Greek: 509. ἄνωθεν (anóthen) — from above

 κατερχομένη ἀλλὰ NAS: is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly,
KJV: not from above, but INT: the wisdom from above coming down 
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Strong’s Greek: 2479. ἰσχύς (ischus) — strength, might

 Revelation 5:12 N-AFS GRK: σοφίαν καὶ ἰσχὺν καὶ τιμὴν NAS: and wisdom and
might and honor KJV: wisdom, and strength, and honour, INT 
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Strong’s Greek: 3007. λείπω (leipó) — to leave, leave 

 James 1:5 V-PIM/P-3S GRK: τις ὑμῶν λείπεται σοφίας αἰτείτω NAS: any of
you lacks wisdom, KJV: If any of you lack wisdom, let him 
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Strong’s Greek: 4182. πολυποίκιλος (polupoikilos) 

 Ephesians 3:10 Adj-NMS GRK: ἐκκλησίας ἡ πολυποίκιλος σοφία τοῦ NAS:
so that the manifold wisdom of God KJV: the church the 
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Strong’s Greek: 4240. πραΰτης (prautés) — gentleness

 James 3:13 N-DFS GRK: αὐτοῦ ἐν πραΰτητι σοφίας NAS: his deeds in the
gentleness of wisdom. KJV: works with meekness of wisdom
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Strong’s Greek: 2244. ἡλικία (hélikia) — maturity, ie age

 Luke 2:52 N-DFS GRK: σοφίᾳ καὶ ἡλικίᾳ καὶ χάριτι NAS: in wisdom and stature,
and in favor KJV: in wisdom and stature, and in favour 
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Strong’s Greek: 436. ἀνθίστημι (anthistémi) — to set 

 Acts 6:10 V-ANA GRK: οὐκ ἴσχυον ἀντιστῆναι τῇ σοφίᾳ NAS: But they were
unable to cope with the wisdom KJV: not able to resist 
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Strong’s Greek: 1318. διδακτός (didaktos) — instructed 

 Corinthians 2:13 Adj-DMP GRK: οὐκ ἐν διδακτοῖς ἀνθρωπίνης σοφίας NAS:
not in words taught by human KJV: wisdom teacheth, but 
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Strong’s Greek: 442. ἀνθρώπινος (anthrópinos) — human

 1 Corinthians 2:13 Adj-GFS GRK: ἐν διδακτοῖς ἀνθρωπίνης σοφίας λόγοις
NAS: taught by human wisdom, KJV: the words which 
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Strong’s Greek: 3618. οἰκοδομέω (oikodomeó) — to build 

 be completely finished till the return of Christ from heaven, those who, by action,
instruction, exhortation, comfort, promote the Christian wisdom of others 
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Strong’s Greek: 4149. πλοῦτος (ploutos) — wealth

 Ὢ βάθος πλούτου καὶ σοφίας NAS: the depth of the riches both KJV: the depth
of the riches both INT: O depth of riches both of wisdom
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Strong’s Greek: 4559. σαρκικός (sarkikos) — pertaining to 

 2 Corinthians 1:12 Adj-DFS GRK: ἐν σοφίᾳ σαρκικῇ ἀλλ’ ἐν NAS: sincerity,
not in fleshly wisdom KJV: not with fleshly wisdom, but INT 
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Strong’s Greek: 2605. καταγγέλλω (kataggelló) — to 

 1 Corinthians 2:1 V-PPA-NMS GRK: ἢ σοφίας καταγγέλλων ὑμῖν τὸ NAS: of
wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony KJV: of wisdom 
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Strong’s Greek: 5485. χάρις (charis) — grace, kindness

 Luke 2:40 N-NFS GRK: σοφίᾳ καὶ χάρις θεοῦ ἦν NAS: in wisdom; and the grace
of God KJV: with wisdom: and the grace of God was INT: with 
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Strong’s Greek: 2344. θησαυρός (thésauros) — treasure

 Colossians 2:3 N-NMP GRK: πάντες οἱ θησαυροὶ τῆς σοφίας NAS: all the treasures
of wisdom KJV: hid all the treasures of wisdom and 
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Strong’s Greek: 4750. στόμα (stoma) — the mouth

 Luke 21:15 N-ANS GRK: δώσω ὑμῖν στόμα καὶ σοφίαν NAS: for I will give you
utterance and wisdom KJV: will give you a mouth and wisdom 
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Strong’s Greek: 574. ἁπλῶς (haplós) — simply, sincerely

 574 /haplṓs (“simply”), used only in Js 1:5, refers to God “generously” giving wisdom –
which is better translated “giving undividedly, openly” (literally 
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Strong’s Greek: 4679. σοφίζω (sophizó) — to make wise

 NAS Exhaustive Concordance. Word Origin from sophos Definition to make wise
NASB Translation cleverly devised (1), give…wisdom (1). 
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Strong’s Greek: 1012. βουλή (boulé) — counsel

 ῆς, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: boulé Phonetic Spelling:
(boo-lay’) Short Definition: counsel, deliberate wisdom Definition: counsel 
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Strong’s Greek: 4907. σύνεσις (sunesis) — a running 

 Colossians 1:9 N-DFS GRK: σοφίᾳ καὶ συνέσει πνευματικῇ NAS: spiritual wisdom
and understanding, KJV: and spiritual understanding 
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Strong’s Greek: 1726. ἐναντίον (enantion) — before, in 

 Acts 7:10 Adv GRK: καὶ σοφίαν ἐναντίον Φαραὼ βασιλέως KJV: wisdom in the
sight of Pharaoh INT: and wisdom before Pharoah king. 
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Strong’s Greek: 3471. μωραίνω (mórainó) — to be foolish

 1 Corinthians 1:20 V-AIA-3S GRK: τούτου οὐχὶ ἐμώρανεν ὁ θεὸς NAS: Has
not God made foolish the wisdom KJV: God made foolish the 
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 OT Hebrew Concordance

Strong’s Hebrew: 4093. מַדָּע (madda) — knowledge, thought

 Brown-Driver-Briggs. מַדָּע noun masculine 2Chronicles 1:12 knowledge, thought
(late); מַדָּע2Chronicles 1:10 4t.; מִדָּֽעֲךָ Ecclesiastes 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1844. דֵּעָה (deah) — knowledge

 Brown-Driver-Briggs. דֵּעָה noun feminine knowledge (strictly Infinitive of
ידע) — דֵּעָה Psalm 73:11 3t.; plural דֵּעוֺת 1 Samuel 2:3 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1843. דֵּעִי (dea) — knowledge, opinion

 Brown-Driver-Briggs. [דֵּעַ] noun [masculine] knowledge, opinion (late) — only
suffix דֵּעִי Job 32:6 3t., and plural דֵּעִים Job 37:6; all 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4486. מַנְדַּע (manda) — knowledge, the 

 Brown-Driver-Briggs. מַנְדַּע noun [masculine] knowledge, power of knowing
( 7 J id.; Syriac , ; Biblical Hebrew מַדָּע (late); compare ‘Mandâ 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1847. דָּ֫עַת (daath) — knowledge

 דַּ֫עַת noun feminine Psalm 139:6 Daniel 12:4 (masculine Proverbs 2:10; Proverbs
14:6, possibly Job 33:3 Ew §174 g ) knowledge (properly Infinitive 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 28. אֲבִידָע (Abida) — “my father took 

 Strong’s Concordance. Abida: “my father took knowledge,” a son of Midian. Original
Word: אֲבִידָע Part of Speech: Proper Name Masculine Transliteration 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3803. כָּתַר (kathar) — to surround

 but Gr Che יִתְמָּֽאֲרוּ (see I. פאר); יַכְתִּרוּ דָ֑עַת Proverbs
14:18 dubious, Thes De and others throw out knowledge as a 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 8394. תָּבוּן (tebunah) — an 

 3 the object of knowledge Proverbs 2:3; Proverbs 3:13; Proverbs 5:1; Proverbs
14:29; Proverbs 18:2; Proverbs 19:8; Psalm 49:4; Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 40:28; 1 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 998. בִּינָה (binah) — an understanding

 3 the object of knowledge Deuteronomy 4:6; 1 Chronicles 22:12; Job 28:12,20,28;
Job 34:16; Job 38:36; Job 39:17; Proverbs 9:6,10; Proverbs 23:23; Isaiah 11:2 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3684. כְּסִיל (kesil) — stupid fellow 

 44t.; plural כְּסִילִים Psalm 94:8 25t.; — “” בער Psalm 49:11; Psalm 92:7; Psalm
94:8, elsewhere only in Wisd Lt.; he hates knowledge Proverbs 1 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4209. מְזִמָּה (mezimmah) — purpose 

 Proverbs 1:4 HEB: לְ֝נַ֗עַר דַּ֣עַת וּמְזִמָּֽה׃ NAS: To the
youth knowledge and discretion, KJV: knowledge and discretion. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 999. בִּינָה (binah) — an understanding

 Translation understanding (1). Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. knowledge. (Aramaic)
corresponding to biynah — knowledge. see HEBREW biynah 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5276. נָעֵם (naem) — to be pleasant 

 Psalm 141:6; Imperfect3masculine singular ׃יִנְעָ֑ם ׳לְנַפְשְׁךָ
יִנ Proverbs 2:10 (of knowledge); ׳לֶחֶם סְתָרִים יִנ 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7308. ר֫וּחַ (ruach) — wind, spirit

 1 wind Daniel 2:35; Daniel 7:2. 2 spirit: a. of man, Daniel 5:20; Daniel 7:15;
as faculty of knowledge, יַתִּירא ׳ר Daniel 5:12; Daniel 6:4. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3504. יִתְרוֹן (yithron) — advantage 

 יִתְרוֺן אֶדֶץ Ecclesiastes 5:8; יִתְרוֺן דַּעַת Ecclesiastes
7:12 advantage of knowledge; וְיִתְרוֺן הַכְשֵׁיר 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 6175. עָרוּם (arum) — crafty, shrewd 

 HEB: אָדָ֣ם עָ֭רוּם כֹּ֣סֶה דָּ֑עַת NAS: A prudent man conceals KJV:
A prudent man concealeth INT: man A prudent conceals knowledge
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2450. חָכָם (chakam) — wise

 14:16; is silent Proverbs 17:28; hearkens to counsel Proverbs 12:15; hears and
increases in learning Proverbs 1:5; his ear seeketh knowledge Proverbs 18:15; he 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2331. חָוָה (chavah) — show

 Psalm 19:2 HEB: וְלַ֥יְלָה לְּ֝לַ֗יְלָה יְחַוֶּה־
דָּֽעַת׃ NAS: And night to night reveals knowledge
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1097. בְּלִי (beli) — a wearing out

 go about naked בְּלִי לְבוּשׁ without clothing, Job 31:39; Job 33:9; Job
34:6; Job 38:2 words בְּלִידַֿעַת without knowledge, Job 39:16 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 191. אֱוִיל (evil) — foolish

 Proverbs 1:7 HEB: חָכְמָ֥ה וּ֝מוּסָ֗ר אֱוִילִ֥ים בָּֽזוּ׃
פ NAS: of knowledge; Fools despise KJV: of knowledge: [but 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3788. כִּשְׁרוֹן (kishron) — skill 

 Ecclesiastes 2:21 HEB: בְּחָכְמָ֥ה וּבְדַ֖עַת וּבְכִשְׁר֑וֹן
וּלְאָדָ֞ם שֶׁלֹּ֤א NAS: knowledge and skill 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 6383. פֶּ֫לִאי (pili or pali) 

 י; > Qr מֶּ֫לִי(אׅ); feminine פלאיה דַעַת מִמֶּנִּי (ie
מִּלְאִיָה) Psalm 139:6 God’s knowledge; > Qr מְּלִיאָה 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7119. קַר (qar) — cool

 yə·qar- — 1 Occ. Proverbs 17:27 HEB: [וְקַר־ כ] (יְקַר־ ק) NAS: knowledge,
And he who has a cool INT: has knowledge who who man 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5557. סָלַף (salaph) — to twist, pervert 

 Proverbs 22:12 HEB: נָ֣צְרוּ דָ֑עַת וַ֝יְסַלֵּ֗ף דִּבְרֵ֥י
בֹגֵֽד׃ NAS: knowledge, But He overthrows the words KJV 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5945. עֶלְיוֹן (elyown) — Most

 Numbers 24:16 HEB: וְיֹדֵ֖עַ דַּ֣עַת עֶלְי֑וֹן מַחֲזֵ֤ה
שַׁדַּי֙ NAS: the knowledge of the Most High, Who sees KJV 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5528. סָכַל (sakal) — to be foolish or a 

 Isaiah 44:25 HEB: אָח֖וֹר וְדַעְתָּ֥ם יְשַׂכֵּֽל׃ NAS: their knowledge
into foolishness, KJV: and maketh their knowledge foolish 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7924. שָׂכְלְתָנוּ (soklethanu) 

 Daniel 5:12 HEB: יַתִּירָ֡ה וּמַנְדַּ֡ע וְשָׂכְלְתָנ֡וּ
מְפַשַּׁ֣ר חֶלְמִין֩ NAS: knowledge and insight 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7922. שֵׂ֫כֶל (sekel) — prudence, insight

 3 bad sense, cunning, craft, Daniel 8:25. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. discretion,
knowledge, policy, prudence, sense, understanding, wisdom, wise. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 6086. עֵץ (ets) — tree, trees, wood

 Genesis 2:9 HEB: בְּת֣וֹךְ הַגָּ֔ן וְעֵ֕ץ הַדַּ֖עַת ט֥וֹב
NAS: of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge KJV: of the 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3045. יָדַע (yada) — to know

 1), discovered (3), distinguish (1), endowed (3), experienced (4), experiences
(1), familiar friend (1), find (5), found (1), gain (1), had knowledge (1), had 
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 NT Greek Concordance

Strong’s Greek: 1108. γνῶσις (gnósis) — a knowing 

 Strong’s Concordance. gnósis: a knowing, knowledge. Original Word: γνῶσις, εως,
ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: gnósis Phonetic 
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Strong’s Greek: 1922. ἐπίγνωσις (epignósis) 

 Strong’s Concordance. epignósis: recognition, knowledge. Original Word: ἐπίγνωσις,
εως, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration 
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Strong’s Greek: 4924a. sunoida — to share the knowledge of

◄ 4924a. sunoida ►. Strong’s Concordance. sunoida: to share the knowledge
of. Transliteration: sunoida Short Definition: conscious 
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Strong’s Greek: 4747. στοιχεῖον (stoicheion) — one of a 

 the elements (of knowledge). Original Word: στοιχεῖον, ου, τό Part of Speech: Noun,
Neuter Transliteration: stoicheion Phonetic Spelling: (stoy-khi 
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Strong’s Greek: 4691. σπερμολόγος (spermologos) — a 

 one who picks up scraps of knowledge. Original Word: σπερμολόγος, ου, ὁ Part of
Speech: Adjective Transliteration: spermologos Phonetic Spelling 
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Strong’s Greek: 1097. γινώσκω (ginóskó) — to come to 

 Transliteration: ginóskó Phonetic Spelling: (ghin-oce’-ko) Short Definition: I come
to know, learn, realize Definition: I am taking in knowledge, come to know 
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Strong’s Greek: 3129. μανθάνω (manthanó) — to learn

 or nouns: I learn to be so and so; with acc. of person who is the object of
knowledge; aor. sometimes: to ascertain. HELPS Word-studies. 
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Strong’s Greek: 4907. σύνεσις (sunesis) — a running 

 cf. Lightfoot on Colossians 1:9; Schmidt, chapter 147, 8.) Strong’s Exhaustive
Concordance. knowledge, understanding. From suniemi 
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Strong’s Greek: 56. ἀγνωσία (agnósia) — ignorance

 a neg. prefix) and the same as ginóskó Definition ignorance NASB Translation
ignorance (1), no knowledge (1). Thayer’s Greek Lexicon. 
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Strong’s Greek: 1990. ἐπιστήμων (epistémón) — knowing 

 It emphasizes understanding that results from building on previous knowledge, which
supports the next stage of understanding (note epi, “upon”). 
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Strong’s Greek: 2807. κλείς (kleis) — a key

 power to bring back into life from Hades and to leave there, Revelation 1:18; τῆς
γνώσεως, the ability and opportunity to obtain knowledge, Luke 11 
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Strong’s Greek: 4678. σοφία (sophia) — skill, wisdom

 σοφία, σοφίας, ἡ (σοφός), Hebrew חָכְמָה, wisdom, broad and full intelligence
(from Homer down); used of the knowledge of very diverse 
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Strong’s Greek: 5235. ὑπερβάλλω (huperballó) — to 

 Matthiae, § 358, 2), ἡ ὑπερβαλλουσα τῆς γνώσεως ἀγάπη Χρσιτου, the
love of Christ which passeth knowledge, Ephesians 3 
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Strong’s Greek: 4991. σωτηρία (sótéria) — deliverance 

 Luke 1:77 N-GFS GRK: δοῦναι γνῶσιν σωτηρίας τῷ λαῷ NAS: [the] knowledge
of salvation By the forgiveness KJV: knowledge of 
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Strong’s Greek: 5462. φωτισμός (phótismos) 

 2 Corinthians 4:6 N-AMS GRK: ἡμῶν πρὸς φωτισμὸν τῆς γνώσεως NAS: in our
hearts to give the Light of the knowledge KJV: to [give 
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Strong’s Greek: 5448. φυσιόω (phusioó) — to puff or blow 

 1 Corinthians 8:1 V-PIA-3S GRK: ἡ γνῶσις φυσιοῖ ἡ δὲ NAS: Knowledge makes arrogant,
but love KJV: Knowledge puffeth up, but INT: knowledge 
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Strong’s Greek: 54. ἁγνότης (hagnotés) — purity 

 2 Corinthians 6:6 N-DFS GRK: ἐν ἁγνότητι ἐν γνώσει NAS: in purity, in knowledge,
in patience, KJV: By pureness, by knowledge, INT: in 
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Strong’s Greek: 1107. γνωρίζω (gnórizó) — to come to 

 τί interrogative Colossians 1:27; περί τίνος, Luke 2:17 L T Tr WH; γνωριζέσθω
πρός τόν Θεόν be brought to the knowledge of God 
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Strong’s Greek: 837. αὐξάνω (auxanó) — to make to grow 

 13:32; Mark 4:8 L T Tr WH; 2 Corinthians 10:15; Colossians 1:6 (not Rec.);
εἰς τήν ἐπίγνωσιν τοῦ Θεοῦ unto the knowledge of God 
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Strong’s Greek: 703. ἀρέτη (areté) — moral goodness, ie 

 2 Peter 1:5 N-DFS GRK: δὲ τῇ ἀρετῇ τὴν γνῶσιν NAS: moral excellence, and
in [your] moral excellence, knowledge, KJV: and to virtue 
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Strong’s Greek: 3446. μόρφωσις (morphósis) — a forming 

 Romans 2:20 N-AFS GRK: ἔχοντα τὴν μόρφωσιν τῆς γνώσεως NAS: in the Law
the embodiment of knowledge KJV: which hast the form of 
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Strong’s Greek: 1466. ἐγκράτεια (egkrateia) — mastery 

 2 Peter 1:6 N-AFS GRK: γνώσει τὴν ἐγκράτειαν ἐν δὲ NAS: and in [your] knowledge,
self-control, and in [your] self-control, KJV: to 
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Strong’s Greek: 3708. ὁράω (horaó) — to see, perceive 

 Winer’s Grammar, 273 (257)), John 14:7, 9; in an emphatic sense, of Christ, who
has an immediate and perfect knowledge of God without being taught by another 
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Strong’s Greek: 2147. εὑρίσκω, (heuriskó) — to find

 ἐκζητέω, a.)), to get knowledge of, come to know, God, Acts 17:27; εὑρίσκεται
(ὁ Θεός) τίνι, discloses the knowledge of himself to 
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Strong’s Greek: 427. ἄνευ (aneu) — without (preposition)

 Part of Speech: Preposition Transliteration: aneu Phonetic Spelling: (an’-yoo) Short
Definition: without, without the cooperation or knowledge of Definition 
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Strong’s Greek: 2477. ἱστορέω (historeó) — to inquire 

 2477 historéō(from histōr) – properly, learn by inquiring (doing a personal
examination); to gain knowledge by “visiting” which conducts “a full interview 
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Strong’s Greek: 2310. θεμέλιος (themelios) — belonging to 

 first principles, of an institution or system of truth: 1 Corinthians 3:10, 12;
the rudiments, first principles, of Christian life and knowledge, Hebrews 6:1 
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Strong’s Greek: 4461. ῥαββί (rhabbi) — my master, my 

 a rabbi; a teacher-scholar recognized by the Jewish public for accumulating a great
number of Bible-facts, ie respected for his accumulation of knowledge
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Strong’s Greek: 1321. διδάσκω (didaskó) — to teach

 HELPS Word-studies. 1321 didáskō (from daō, “learn”) – to teach (literally, “cause
to learn”); instruct, impart knowledge (disseminate information). 
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Strong’s Greek: 3744. ὀσμή (osmé) — a smell

 2 Corinthians 2:14 N-AFS GRK: καὶ τὴν ὀσμὴν τῆς γνώσεως NAS: through us
the sweet aroma of the knowledge KJV: maketh manifest the 
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 OT Hebrew Concordance

Strong’s Hebrew: 998. בִּינָה (binah) — an understanding

 Brown-Driver-Briggs. בִּינָה noun feminine understanding 1 Chronicles 12:32
28t.; construct בִּינַת Proverbs 30:2; Isaiah 29:14; suffix 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 8394. תָּבוּן (tebunah) — an 

 Brown-Driver-Briggs. תְּבוּנָה noun feminine understanding Deuteronomy
32:28 27t.; suffix תְּבוּנָתִי Proverbs 5:1 7t.; תובנתו Job 26 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 999. בִּינָה (binah) — an understanding

 Strong’s Concordance. binah: an understanding. Original Word: בִּינָה Part of
Speech: Noun Feminine Transliteration: binah Phonetic Spelling: (bee-naw 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7306. ר֫וּחַ (ruach) — accept, smell 

 Strong’s Concordance. ruach: accept, smell, touch, make of quick understanding.
Original Word: ר֫וּחַ Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: ruach Phonetic 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7922. שֵׂ֫כֶל (sekel) — prudence, insight

 Definition prudence, insight NASB Translation discretion (3), insight (4), intelligent*
(1), repute (1), sense (1), shrewdness (1), understanding (4), wisdom (1 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2638. חָסֵר (chaser) — needy, lacking, in 

 2 Samuel 3:29 in need of bread, so Proverbs 12:9; usually חֲסַרלֵֿב lacking
understanding, sense Proverbs 6:32; Proverbs 7:7; Proverbs 9:4,16 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4486. מַנְדַּע (manda) — knowledge, the 

 Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. knowledge, reason, understanding. (Aramaic)
corresponding to madda’; wisdom or intelligence — knowledge, reason, understanding 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1847. דָּ֫עַת (daath) — knowledge

 feminine דַּעַתרֿוּחַ = windy (unreal) knowledge Job 15:2. 2 especially
in Wisdom Literature = discernment, understanding, wisdom: 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7924. שָׂכְלְתָנוּ (soklethanu) 

 11,12,14. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. understanding. (Aramaic) from
skal; intelligence — understanding. see HEBREW skal Forms 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2451. חָכְמָה (chokmah) — wisdom

 3 HEB: ר֣וּחַ אֱלֹהִ֑ים בְּחָכְמָ֛ה וּבִתְבוּנָ֥ה
וּבְדַ֖עַת NAS: of God in wisdom, in understanding, KJV: of 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 995. בִּין (bin) — to discern

 1), diligently consider (1), discern (9), discerned (2), discerning (9), discernment
(1), explain (1), explained (1), feel (1), gain understanding (1), gave 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4129. מוֹדַע (moda) — kinsman

 of her husband; figurative מֹדָע לַבִּינָה תִקְרָא Proverbs 7:4 a kinsman
shalt thou call understanding (“” אֱמֹר לְחָכְמָה 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 8454. תּוּשִׁיָּה (tushiyyah) — sound 

 meaning to substantiate; support or (by implication) ability, ie (direct) help,
(in purpose) an undertaking, (intellectual) understanding — enterprise, that 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1802. דָּלָה (dalah) — draw

 Proverbs 20:5 HEB: וְאִ֖ישׁ תְּבוּנָ֣ה יִדְלֶֽנָּה׃ NAS: of
understanding draws it out. KJV: of understanding will draw it out. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4093. מַדָּע (madda) — knowledge, thought

 Daniel 1:4 HEB: דַ֙עַת֙ וּמְבִינֵ֣י מַדָּ֔ע וַאֲשֶׁר֙ כֹּ֣חַ
NAS: with understanding and discerning knowledge, and who 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7075. קִנְיָן (qinyan) — something gotten 

 omitted); בְּכָלקִֿנְיָֽנְךָ קְנֵה בִינָה Proverbs 4:7 with (or
at the price of) all that thou hast acquired, get understanding
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3948. לֶ֫קַח (leqach) — a learning 

 חָ֭כָם וְי֣וֹסֶף לֶ֑קַח וְ֝נָב֗וֹן תַּחְבֻּל֥וֹת NAS:
and increase in learning, And a man of understanding KJV: and 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7116. קְצַר (qatser) — short

 Proverbs 14:29 HEB: רַב־ תְּבוּנָ֑ה וּקְצַר־ ר֝֗וּחַ מֵרִ֥ים
NAS: understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts KJV 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1844. דֵּעָה (deah) — knowledge

 Jeremiah 3:15 HEB: וְרָע֥וּ אֶתְכֶ֖ם דֵּעָ֥ה וְהַשְׂכֵּֽיל׃
NAS: who will feed you on knowledge and understanding
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Strong’s Hebrew: 6329. פּוּק (puq) — to bring out, furnish 

 Proverbs 3:13 HEB: חָכְמָ֑ה וְ֝אָדָ֗ם יָפִ֥יק
תְּבוּנָֽה׃ NAS: And the man who gains understanding
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7907. שֶׂכְוִי (sekvi) — perhaps 

 Job 38:36 HEB: מִֽי־ נָתַ֖ן לַשֶּׂ֣כְוִי בִינָֽה׃ NAS: given
understanding to the mind? KJV: understanding to the heart? 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2940. טָ֫עַם (taam) — taste, judgment

 3:7. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. advice, behavior, decree, discretion,
judgment, reason, taste, understanding. From ta’am; properly 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 8172. שָׁעַן (shaan) — to lean, support 

 Proverbs 3:5 HEB: בִּֽ֝ינָתְךָ֗ אַל־ תִּשָּׁעֵֽן׃ NAS:
your heart And do not lean on your own understanding
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2486. חָלִ֫ילָה (chalilah) — far be it!

 declare. Job 34:10 HEB: שִׁמְע֫וּ לִ֥י חָלִ֖לָה לָאֵ֥ל
מֵרֶ֗שַׁע NAS: of understanding. Far be 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4726. מָקוֹר (maqor) — a spring, fountain

 Proverbs 16:22 HEB: מְק֣וֹר חַ֭יִּים שֵׂ֣כֶל NAS: Understanding is a
fountain of life KJV: Understanding [is] a wellspring of life INT 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2148. זְכַרְיָה (Zkaryah) — Zachariah

 בִּימֵ֣י זְכַרְיָ֔הוּ הַמֵּבִ֖ין בִּרְאֹ֣ת NAS: in the
days of Zechariah, who had understanding KJV: in the days of 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 561. אֵ֫מֶר (emer) — speech, word

 Proverbs 1:2 HEB: וּמוּסָ֑ר לְ֝הָבִ֗ין אִמְרֵ֥י בִינָֽה׃ NAS:
To discern the sayings of understanding, KJV: to perceive the 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2450. חָכָם (chakam) — wise

 חֲכָמִ֧ים וּנְבֹנִ֛ים וִידֻעִ֖ים NAS: Choose wise and discerning
KJV: Take you wise men, and understanding, INT: Choose men wise 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3474. יָשַׁר (yashar) — to be smooth 

 Proverbs 15:21 HEB: וְאִ֥ישׁ תְּ֝בוּנָ֗ה יְיַשֶּׁר־
לָֽכֶת׃ NAS: of understanding walks straight. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4986. מֶ֫תֶק (metheq) — sweetness

 Proverbs 16:21 HEB: יִקָּרֵ֣א נָב֑וֹן וּמֶ֥תֶק שְׂ֝פָתַ֗יִם
יֹסִ֥יף NAS: understanding, And sweetness of speech KJV 
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 NT Greek Concordance

Strong’s Greek: 4907. σύνεσις (sunesis) — a running 

 understanding. Original Word: σύνεσις, εως, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: sunesis Phonetic Spelling: (soon’-es-is) Short 
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Strong’s Greek: 801. ἀσύνετος (asunetos) — without 

 Strong’s Concordance. asunetos: without understanding. Original Word: ἀσύνετος,
ον Part of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: asunetos Phonetic 
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Strong’s Greek: 3563. νοῦς (nous) — mind, understanding 

 nous ►. Strong’s Concordance. nous: mind, understanding, reason. Original Word:
νοῦς, νοός, νοΐ, νοῦν, ὁ Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine 
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Strong’s Greek: 5428. φρόνησις (phronésis) 

 Strong’s Concordance. phronésis: understanding, practical wisdom. Original Word:
φρόνησις, εως, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration 
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Strong’s Greek: 5426. φρονέω (phroneó) — to have 

 Strong’s Concordance. phroneó: to have understanding, to think. Original Word: φρονέω
Part of Speech: Verb Transliteration: phroneó Phonetic Spelling 
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Strong’s Greek: 1771. ἔννοια (ennoia) — thinking 

 ennoia ►. Strong’s Concordance. ennoia: thinking, thoughtfulness, ie moral
understanding. Original Word: ἔννοια, ας, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine 
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Strong’s Greek: 453. ἀνόητος (anoétos) — not 

 Strong’s Concordance. anoétos: not understanding. Original Word: ἀνόητος, ον Part
of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: anoétos Phonetic Spelling: (an 
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Strong’s Greek: 1271. διάνοια (dianoia) — the mind 

 ας, ἡ Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: dianoia Phonetic Spelling:
(dee-an’-oy-ah) Short Definition: understanding, intellect, mind Definition 
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Strong’s Greek: 4908. συνετός (sunetos) — intelligent

 sunetos Phonetic Spelling: (soon-et’-os) Short Definition: intelligent, prudent,
wise Definition: intelligent, prudent, wise, understanding, discerning. 
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Strong’s Greek: 1990. ἐπιστήμων (epistémón) — knowing 

 Cognate: 1990 epistḗmōn (an adjective) – thoroughly knowledgeable from gaining
understanding over long-term, personal acquaintance (it is only used in Js 3 
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Strong’s Greek: 5424. φρήν (phrén) — midriff, heart, mind 

 Noun, Feminine Transliteration: phrén Phonetic Spelling: (frane) Short Definition:
the mind, intellect Definition: the mind, intellect, thought, understanding 
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Strong’s Greek: 3539. νοιέω (noeó) — to perceive, think

 15:17; Matthew 16:11; Mark 7:18; followed by an accusative with an infinitive, Hebrews
11:3; the absolute equivalent to to have understanding: Matthew 16:9 
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Strong’s Greek: 5585. ψηφίζω (pséphizó) — to count 

 Revelation 13:18 V-AMA-3S GRK: ἔχων νοῦν ψηφισάτω τὸν ἀριθμὸν NAS:
understanding calculate the number KJV: understanding count 
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Strong’s Greek: 878. ἄφρων (aphrón) — without reason 

 describes someone lacking true moderation because they fail to grasp cause-and-effect
relationships – ie willful ignorance in understanding what prompts 
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Strong’s Greek: 4136. πληροφορία (plérophoria) — full 

 GRK: πλοῦτος τῆς πληροφορίας τῆς συνέσεως NAS: the wealth that comes
from the full assurance of understanding, KJV: riches 
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Strong’s Greek: 4920. συνίημι (suniémi) — to set together 

 4920 /syníēmi (“put facts together”) means to arrive at a summary or final
understanding (complete with life-applications). Accordingly 
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Strong’s Greek: 802. ἀσύνθετος (asunthetos) — not 

 1:31 Adj-AMP GRK: ἀσυνέτους ἀσυνθέτους ἀστόργους ἀνελεήμονας NAS:
without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, KJV 
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Strong’s Greek: 3877. παρακολουθέω (parakoloutheó) 

 the Jahrbb. f. deutsche Theol. for 1871, p. 46f. Strong’s Exhaustive
Concordance. follow, fully know, have understanding. From para 
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Strong’s Greek: 3775. οὖς (ous) — the ear

 2. metaphorically equivalent to: the faculty of perceiving with the mind, the faculty
of understanding and knowing: Matthew 13:16; ὁ ἔχων (or εἰ 
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Strong’s Greek: 991. βλέπω (blepó) — to look (at)

 a. to have (the power of) understanding: βλέποντες οὐ βλέπουσι, though endued
with understanding they do not understand, Matthew 13:13 
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Strong’s Greek: 144. αἴσθησις (aisthésis) — perception

 Noun, Feminine Transliteration: aisthésis Phonetic Spelling: (ah’-ee-sthay-sis)
Short Definition: perception Definition: perception, understanding, discernment 
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Strong’s Greek: 188. ἀκμήν (akmén) — at the present point 

 Matthew 15:16 N-AFS GRK: δὲ εἶπεν Ἀκμὴν καὶ ὑμεῖς NAS: Jesus said, Are you
still lacking in understanding KJV: ye also yet without 
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Strong’s Greek: 4656. σκοτόω (skotoó) — to darken

 Ephesians 4:18 V-RPM/P-NMP GRK: ἐσκοτωμένοι τῇ διανοίᾳ NAS: being darkened
in their understanding, INT: being darkened in the 
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Strong’s Greek: 5432. φρουρέω (phroureó) — to guard

 4:7 V-FIA-3S GRK: πάντα νοῦν φρουρήσει τὰς καρδίας NAS: comprehension,
will guard your hearts KJV: understanding, shall keep your 
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Strong’s Greek: 612. ἀπόκρισις (apokrisis) — an 

 Luke 2:47 N-DFP GRK: καὶ ταῖς ἀποκρίσεσιν αὐτοῦ NAS: at His understanding
and His answers. KJV: understanding and answers. 
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Strong’s Greek: 1108. γνῶσις (gnósis) — a knowing 

 NAS Exhaustive Concordance. Word Origin from ginóskó Definition a knowing, knowledge
NASB Translation knowing (1), knowledge (27), understanding way (1). 
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Strong’s Greek: 3949. παροργίζω (parorgizó) — to 

 Romans 10:19 V-FIA-1S GRK: ἔθνει ἀσυνέτῳ παροργιῶ ὑμᾶς
NAS: WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING WILL I ANGER YOU. 
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Strong’s Greek: 5461. φωτίζω (phótizó) — to shine, give 

 1 Kings 17:28; others)); to give understanding to:
πεφωτίσμενοι τούς ὀφθαλμούς τῆς καρδίας (Rec. 
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Strong’s Greek: 454. ἄνοια (anoia) — folly, foolishness

 Thayer’s Greek Lexicon. STRONGS NT 454: ἄνοια ἄνοια, ἀνοίας, ἡ (ἄνους
(ie Ανως without understanding)), want of understanding 
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Strong’s Greek: 5046. τέλειος (teleios) — having reached 

 44:17); as respects understanding and goodness, Colossians 4:12;
τέλειος ἄνθρωπος ἐν Χριστῷ, Colossians 1:28 (cf. 
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 OT Hebrew Concordance

Strong’s Hebrew: 5016. נְבוּאָה (nebuah) — prophecy

 Brown-Driver-Briggs. נְבוּאָה noun masculine prophecy (late: earlier synonym
חָזוֺן); —.  Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. prophecy
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5001. נָאַם (naam) — to utter a prophecy 

 declare (1). Brown-Driver-Briggs. [נָאַם] verb denominative utter
prophecy, speak as prophet; —. Qal Imperfect3masculine 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2377. חָזוֹן (chazon) — vision

 3 divine communication in a vision, oracle, prophecy ׳בקשׁ ח מנביא seek a vision
(prophecy) from prophet Ezekiel 7:26; “” דבר (יםׅ 1 Samuel 3:1 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5030. נָבִיא (nabi) — a spokesman, speaker 

 NAS Exhaustive Concordance. Word Origin from an unused word Definition a spokesman,
speaker, prophet NASB Translation prophecy (1), prophesy (1), prophet (165 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 281. אֲחִיָּה (Achiyyah) — “brother of 

 9:29 HEB: וְעַל־ נְבוּאַ֞ת אֲחִיָּ֣ה הַשִּֽׁילוֹנִ֗י
וּבַחֲזוֹת֙ NAS: and in the prophecy of Ahijah the 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5752. עוֹדֵד (Oded) — “restorer,” two 

 עֹדֵ֣ד הַנָּבִיא֒ הִתְחַזַּ֗ק NAS: which Azariah the son of Oded the
prophet KJV: and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, INT: these 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2856. חָתַם (chatham) — to seal, affix a 

 sealing, a deed of sale Jeremiah 32:10,11(opposed to הַגָּלוּי that which was
left open,), Jeremiah 32:14; Jeremiah 32:44, a book of prophecy Daniel 12 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4853. מַשָּׂא (massa’) — burden

 p. 5 ; corrupt name of Agur’s home or tribe, Kau). Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.
burden, carry away, prophecy, they set, song, tribute. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7307. ר֫וּחַ (ruach) — breath, wind 

 a. as inspiring ecstatic state of prophecy, Numbers 11:17,25 (twice in verse); Numbers
11:26,29 (J), 1 Samuel 10:6,10 (compare 1 Samuel 10:5), 1 Samuel 19:20,23 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1968. הֵימָן (Heman) — an Israelite name

 NAS: of Asaph and of Heman and of Jeduthun, KJV: of Asaph, and of Heman, and
of Jeduthun, INT: the sons of Asaph Heman Jeduthun prophecy
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7888. שִׁילוֹנִי (Shiloni) — inhab. of 

 יֶעְדִּי NAS: of Ahijah the Shilonite, and in the visions KJV: of Ahijah the
Shilonite, and in the visions INT: the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3038. יְדוּתוּן (Yeduthun) — leader of 

 NAS: and of Heman and of Jeduthun, who [were] to prophesy KJV: and of Heman, and
of Jeduthun, who should prophesy INT: of Asaph Heman Jeduthun prophecy lyres. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3348. יָקֶה (Yaqeh) — father of Agur

 KJV: the son of Jakeh, [even] the prophecy: INT: of Agur the son of Jakeh the oracle
declares 1 Occurrence. 3347. 3349. Top of Page. Top of Page.
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3957. לִשְׁכָּה (lishkah) — room 

 b. connected with Solomon’s temple, where wine offered to Rechabites Jeremiah
35:2,4; compare Jeremiah 35:4; Jeremiah 35:4 one where prophecy read Jeremiah 36 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3927. לְמוֹאֵל (Lemuel or Lemoel) — king 

 31:1 HEB: דִּ֭בְרֵי לְמוּאֵ֣ל מֶ֑לֶךְ מַ֝שָּׂ֗א NAS: of King
Lemuel, the oracle KJV: of king Lemuel, the prophecy INT: the 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 7723. שָׁוְא (shav) — emptiness, vanity

 עֵד שׁ Deuteronomy 5:17 (= עֵד שָֽׁקֶר Exodus 20:16); compare ׳שֵׁמַע
שׁ Exodus 23:1 (E); of false (empty) prophecy ׳חֲזוֺן שׁ 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3871. ל֫וּחַ (luach) — a tablet, board or 

 ל Exodus 31:18a; Exodus 32:15; compare Exodus 34:29 (all P); הַבְּרִית ׳ל
Deuteronomy 9:9,11,15; tablet for writing prophecy Isaiah 30:8 ׅ 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5197. נָטַף (nataph) — to drop, drip 

 2 of speech, especially prophecy (without accusative): with עַל against, Amos
7:16 (“” הִנָּבֵא), with אֶלֿ toward, Exodus 21:2 (“” id.), Exodus 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2900. טוֹבִיָּה (Tobiyyahu or Tobiyyah) 

 עָלַ֔י וְטוֹבִיָּ֥ה וְסַנְבַלַּ֖ט שְׂכָרֽוֹ׃ NAS: against
me because Tobiah and Sanballat KJV: this prophecy against me 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2574. חֲמָת (Chamath) — a place North of 

 ח is mentioned with דַּמֶּשֶׂק, צֹר, צִידוֺן in prophecy against land
Hadrach (חַדְרָךְ) Zechariah 9:2, compare Jeremiah 49:23. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 748. אָרַך (arak) — to be long

 passed Genesis 26:8 (J); compare Assyrian urriku ûmî, days grew long, Creation Tablet
a see COT Genesis 1:1); of delayed fulfillment of prophecy Ezekiel 12:22 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2384. חִזָּיוֹן (chizzayon) — vision

 3 divine communication in a vision, oracle, prophecy: “” דברים 2 Samuel
7:17 ( = חזון 1 Chronicles 17:15); יֵבשׁוּ אִישׁ 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1602. גָּעַל (gaal) — to abhor, loathe

 בְּ); the people, Yahweh’s statutes Leviticus 26:15,43 (H); Ezekiel 16:45 (twice
in verse) women their husbands (figurative, in prophecy against Jerusalem). 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 8612. תֹּ֫פֶת (Topheth) — a place South 

 place Jeremiah 7:32b Jeremiah 19:11; in simile of desecrated city Jeremiah 19:12;
Jeremiah 19:13 (׳מְקוֺם הַתּ); scene of a prophecy of Jeremiah 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2472. חֲלוֹם (chalom) — a dream

 2 dreams with prophetic meaning, the lowest grade of prophecy (see Br MP
6 ): a. dream of Abimelek Genesis 20:3,6, of Jacob Genesis 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 6098. עֵצָה (etsah) — counsel, advice

 of ׳י Isaiah 40:13; in figure אַנְשֵׁי עֲצָתִי Psalm 119:24 = my counsellors,
said of testimonies of God; = prophecy, מלאכיו ׳ע Isaiah 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2380. חָזוּת (chazuth) — vision 

 to me; וַתְּהִי לָכֶם חָזוּת הַּכֹּל כְּדִבְרֵי הַסֵּפֶר
הֶחָתוּם Isaiah 29:11 the vision (prophecy) of the 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1697. דָּבָר (dabar) — speech, word

 2 word of God, as a divine communication in the form of commandments, prophecy,
and words of help to his people, used 394 times. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3519. כָּבוֹד (kabowd) — glorious

 a. of men, due to a father Malachi 1:6; honour done to David by Nathan’s prophecy
1 Chronicles 17:18; לְ ׳עשׂה כ2Chronicles 32:33 do honour to; לְ 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5035. נֵ֫בֶל (nebel) — bottle

 וַֽיְהִי֙ NAS: with lyres, harps and cymbals; KJV: with harps, with psalteries,
and with cymbals: INT: prophecy lyres harps and cymbals become. 
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 NT Greek Concordance

Strong’s Greek: 4394. προφητεία (prophéteia) — prophecy

 Strong’s Concordance. prophéteia: prophecy. Original Word: προφητεία, ας, ἡ Part
of Speech: Noun, Feminine Transliteration: prophéteia Phonetic 
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Strong’s Greek: 1535. εἴτε (eite) — and if, whether

 GRK: ἡμῖν διάφορα εἴτε προφητείαν κατὰ NAS: given to us, [each of us is
to exercise them accordingly]: if prophecy, KJV: to us 
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Strong’s Greek: 4932. συντέμνω (suntemnó) — to cut in 

 time for Antichrist has to ravage the Jews. See also the HELPS prophecy
guide in The Discovery Bible. Ro 9:28: ” for the lord will 
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Strong’s Greek: 2268. Ἡσαΐας (Esaias) — Isaiah, an 

 Matthew 13:14 N-GMS GRK: ἡ προφητεία Ἠσαίου ἡ λέγουσα NAS: In their
case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, KJV: the 
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Strong’s Greek: 378. ἀναπληρόω (anapléroó) — to fill 

 6:14). ἀναπληροῦται ἡ προφητεία the prophecy is fully satisfied, the
event completely corresponds to it, Matthew 13:14. 
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Strong’s Greek: 4397. προφητικός (prophétikos) 

 Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. prophetic. From prophetes; pertaining to
a foreteller (“prophetic”) — of prophecy, of the prophets. 
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Strong’s Greek: 571. ἄπιστος (apistos) — incredible 

 1 Corinthians 14:22 Adj-DMP GRK: ἀλλὰ τοῖς ἀπίστοις ἡ δὲ NAS: who believe
but to unbelievers; but prophecy KJV: but to them that 
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Strong’s Greek: 851. ἀφαιρέω (aphaireó) — to take from 

 Revelation 22:19 V-FIA-3S GRK: προφητείας ταύτης ἀφελεῖ ὁ θεὸς NAS: takes
away from the words KJV: prophecy, God shall take away 
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Strong’s Greek: 5507. χίλιοι (chilioi) — a thousand

 showing no one (nothing) is left out. See also “the Millennium” in the HELPS
prophecy-guide. [“Ten” in Scripture can already express 
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Strong’s Greek: 921. Βαρνάβας (Barnabas) — Barnabas, an 

 Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. Barnabas. Of Chaldee origin (diakoneo and tacha);
son of Nabas (ie Prophecy); Barnabas, an Israelite — Barnabas. 
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Strong’s Greek: 1062. γάμος (gamos) — a wedding

 For more discussion, see 4394/prophēteia (“prophecy) and 110/athanasia (“the
divine investiture of immortality”) at the return of Christ. 
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Strong’s Greek: 5050. τελείωσις (teleiósis) 

 From phusioo; (the act) completion, ie (of prophecy) verification, or
(of expiation) absolution — perfection, performance. see 
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Strong’s Greek: 2078. ἔσχατος (eschatos) — last, extreme

 2078/es x atos (“future things”), the root of “eschatology” is “the study of last
things.” This includes future Bible prophecy, the end-times, and life after 
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Strong’s Greek: 4931. συντελέω (sunteleó) — to complete 

 3. to accomplish, bring to fulfilment; passive, to come to pass, Mark 13:4; λόγον,
a word, ie a prophecy, Romans 9:28 (ῤῆμα, Lamentations 2:17). 
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Strong’s Greek: 1860. ἐπαγγελία (epaggelia) — a summons 

 every NT use of the word promise (epaggelia) points back to the OT” (Walter C. Kaiser,
Jr., Back Toward the Future, Hints for Interpreting Bible Prophecy, 102 
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Strong’s Greek: 4973. σφραγίς (sphragis) — a seal, a 

 “Seal” is often used metaphorically (Ro 4:11; 1 Cor 9:2; 2 Tim 2:19; Rev 9:4). For
more discussion see 4972 (sphragízō), and the HELPS prophecy-guide at “the 
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Strong’s Greek: 1802. Ἐνώχ (Enóch) — Enoch, a patriarch

 From this book is taken the ‘prophecy‘ in Jude 1:14f; (cf. BD (American edition),
also Dict. of Chris. Biog., under the word Enoch, The Book of). 
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Strong’s Greek: 1936. ἐπίθεσις (epithesis) — a laying on 

 ἐπιθέσεως τῶν χειρῶν NAS: prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands KJV:
with the laying on of the hands INT: prophecy with laying 
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Strong’s Greek: 1955. ἐπίλυσις (epilusis) — a release 

 epílysis (“sound interpretation”) only occurs in 2 Pet 1:20 and refers to “untying
interpretation knots” to discern the true meaning of future Bible prophecy
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Strong’s Greek: 4487. ῥῆμα (rhéma) — a word, by impl. a 

 Meyer)); saving truth which has God for its author, Ephesians 6:17; also τοῦ κυρίου,
1 Peter 1:25; words of prophecy, prophetic announcement, τά 
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Strong’s Greek: 1313. διάφορος (diaphoros) — varying 

 εἴτε προφητείαν NAS: gifts that differ according KJV: gifts differing according
INT: having been given to us different whether prophecy 
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Strong’s Greek: 5083. τηρέω (téreó) — to watch over, to 

 is properly to prevent escaping; and from koustodia, which implies a fortress or
full military lines of apparatus), ie To note (a prophecy; figuratively, to 
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Strong’s Greek: 1322. διδαχή (didaché) — doctrine 

 1 Corinthians 14:6 N-DFS GRK: ἢ ἐν διδαχῇ NAS: of prophecy or of
teaching? KJV: or by doctrine? INT: or in teaching. 
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Strong’s Greek: 2673. καταργέω (katargeó) — to render 

 13:8 V-FIP-3P GRK: δὲ προφητεῖαι καταργηθήσονται εἴτε γλῶσσαι NAS:
[there are gifts of] prophecy, they will be done 
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Strong’s Greek: 1096. γίνομαι (ginomai) — to come into 

 γίνεσθαι Plutarch, Phocylides, 23, 4)); προφητεία ἰδίας ἐπιλύσεως
οὐ γίνεται no one can explain prophecy by his own 
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Strong’s Greek: 4151. πνεῦμα (pneuma) — wind, spirit

 such as belongs to the meek, 1 Corinthians 4:21; Galatians 6:1; τό πνεῦμα
τῆς προφητείας, such as characterizes prophecy and by which 
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 OT Hebrew Concordance

Strong’s Hebrew: 5029. נְבִיָּאה (nebi) — a prophet

 prophets (2). Brown-Driver-Briggs. [נְבִיא] noun masculine prophet (Hebraism? 
2. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance. prophet. (Aramaic 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2265. חֲבַקּוּק (Chabaqquq) — a Hebrew 

 Brown-Driver-Briggs. חֲבַקּוּק proper name, masculine the prophet Habakkuk
Habakkuk 1:1; Habakkuk 3:1; 5 Ἀμβακουμ (Assyrian —amba‡û 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5030. נָבִיא (nabi) — a spokesman, speaker 

 Brown-Driver-Briggs. נָבִיא 306 noun masculine spokesman, speaker, prophet —
׳נ Genesis 20:7 155t.; suffix נְבִיאֶ֑ךָ Exodus 7:1; plural 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 477. אֱלִישָׁע (Elisha) — “God is 

 prophet. Original Word: אֱלִישָׁע Part of Speech: Proper Name Masculine
Transliteration: Elisha Phonetic Spelling: (el-ee-shaw’) Short Definition 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5001. נָאַם (naam) — to utter a prophecy 

 declare (1). Brown-Driver-Briggs. [נָאַם] verb denominative utter
a prophecy, speak as prophet; —. Qal Imperfect3masculine 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1410. גָּד (Gad) — a son of Jacob, also his 

 2 a prophet in David’s time, called נָבִיא 1 Samuel 22:5, but הַנָּבִיא
חֹזֶה דָוִד 2 Samuel 24:11 & חֹזֵה דָוִיד “” 1 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 256. אַחְאָב (Achab) — “father’s brother 

◄ 256. Achab ►. Strong’s Concordance. Achab: “father’s brother,” a king of Isr.,
also a false prophet 2 false prophet, time of Jeremiah. Jeremiah 29:21,22. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4872. מֹשֶׁה (Mosheh) — a great Isr. 

 leader, prophet and lawgiver. Original Word: מֹשֶׁה Part of Speech: Proper Name
Masculine Transliteration: Mosheh Phonetic Spelling: (mo-sheh’) Short 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5151. נַחוּם (Nachum) — an Israelite 

 Strong’s Concordance. Nachum: an Israelite prophet. Original Word: נַחוּם Part
of Speech: Proper Name Masculine Transliteration: Nachum Phonetic Spelling 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 452. אֵלִיָּה (Eliyyah) — “Yah is God 

 a. Elijah, the great prophet of the reign of Ahab 1 Kings 17:1 65t. Kings; 2
Chronicles 21:12; Malachi 3:23. b. Benjamite 1 Chronicles 8:27; 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3124. יוֹנָה (Yonah) — an Israelite 

 יוֺנָה proper name, masculine prophet, according to 2 Kings 14:25 he was
הַנָּבִיא son of אֲמִתַּי, from גַּת הַחֵפֶר and 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4105. מְהֵיטַבְאֵל (Mehetabel) 

 1. feminine an Edomite princess Genesis 36:39 (P), 1 Chronicles 1:50. 2. maculine
ancestor of the false prophet Shemaiah Nehemiah 6:10. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3229. יִמְלָה (Yimla or Yimlah) — father 

 יִמְלָה, יִמְלָא proper name, masculine father of prophet Micaiah
of Israel: — יִמְלָה 1 Kings 22:8,9 5 Ιεμια, 5 L 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 8050. שְׁמוּאֵל (Shemuel) — “name of 

◄ 8050. Shemuel ►. Strong’s Concordance. Shemuel: “name of God,” a prophet
of Isr.  (1901), 102 ff. ); —. 1 great prophet, 11th cent. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 6602. פְּתוּאֵל (Pethuel) — father of 

 Brown-Driver-Briggs. מְּתוּאֵל proper name, masculine father of
prophet Joel Joel 1:1 ( 5 Βαθουηλ, ie בְּתוּאֵל). 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3012. יִגְדַּלְיָ֫הוּ (Yigdalyahu) 

 Strong’s Concordance. Yigdalyahu: “Yah is great,” an Israelite prophet. Original
Word: יִגְדַּלְיָ֫הוּ Part of Speech: Proper Name Masculine 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 1109a. Bilam — a prophet

Bible > Strong’s > Hebrew > 1109a. ◄ 1109a. Bilam ►. Strong’s Concordance. Bilam:
prophet. Transliteration: Bilam Short Definition: Balaam 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 223b. Uriyyahu — “flame of Yah,” a prophet slain 

◄ 223b. Uriyyahu ►. Strong’s Concordance. Uriyyahu: “flame of Yah,” a prophet
slain by Jehoiakim. Transliteration: Uriyyahu Short Definition: Uriah 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5986. עָמוֹס (Amos) — an Israelite prophet

 Brown-Driver-Briggs. עָמוֺס proper name, masculine Amos the prophet; —
Amos 1:1; Amos 7:8,10,11,12,14; Amos 8:2, 5 Αμως. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5161. נֶחֱלָמִי (Nechelami) 

 Strong’s Concordance. Nechelami: descriptive title for a false prophet. Original
Word: נֶחֱלָמִי Part of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: Nechelami 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4873. מֹשֶׁה (Mosheh) — a great Isr. 

 leader, prophet and lawgiver. Original Word: מֹשֶׁה Part of Speech: Proper Name
Masculine Transliteration: Mosheh Phonetic Spelling: (mo-sheh’) Short 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2148b. Zekaryah — a Hebrew prophet

 Zekaryah ►. Strong’s Concordance. Zekaryah: a Hebrew prophet. Transliteration:
Zekaryah Short Definition: Zechariah  prophet NASB Translation Zechariah (2). 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2292. חַגַּי (Chaggay) — Haggai

 חַגַּי proper name, masculine prophet (Biblical Hebrew id.); — Ezra
5:1; Ezra 6:14. חַד, חֲדָה see אחד  Prophet — Haggai. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2292a. Chaggay — “festal,” a Hebrew prophet

 Chaggay ►. Strong’s Concordance. Chaggay: “festal,” a Hebrew prophet. Transliteration:
Chaggay Short Definition: Haggai  prophet NASB Translation Haggai (9). 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 2292b. Chaggay — a Hebrew prophet

◄ 2292b. Chaggay ►. Strong’s Concordance. Chaggay: a Hebrew prophet. Transliteration:
Chaggay Short Definition: Haggai  prophet NASB Translation Haggai (2). 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 4401. מַלְאָכִי (Malaki) — “my 

 Strong’s Concordance. Malaki: “my messenger,” an Israelite prophet. Original Word:
מַלְאָכִי Part of Speech: Proper Name Masculine Transliteration 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5416. נָתָן (Nathan) — the name of a number 

 2 the prophet of David’s time 2 Samuel 7:2,3,4,17 = 1 Chronicles 17:1; 1 Chronicles
17:2; 1 Chronicles 17:3; 1 Chronicles 17:15, 2 Samuel 12:1 6t. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 531. אָמוֹץ (Amots) — “strong,” the father 

 2 Kings 19:2 HEB: הַנָּבִ֖יא בֶּן־ אָמֽוֹץ׃ NAS: the prophet
the son of Amoz. KJV: the prophet the son of Amoz. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 3470. יְשַׁעְיָה (Ysha’yah) — Isaiah

 8 ) — 1 Isaiah, son of Amos, the prophet: Isaiah 1:1 15t. Isaiah; 2 Kings 19:2 12t.
Kings; 2 Chronicles 26:22; 32:20,32; 5 Ηξαιας, 9 Isaias. 
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Strong’s Hebrew: 5714. עִדּוֹ (Iddo) — “timely,” the name 

 2 grandfather of prophet Zechariah עִדּוֺ Zechariah 1:1, עִדּוֺא Zechariah
1:7; 5 Αδδω.  KJV: in the story of the prophet Iddo. 
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 NT Greek Concordance

Strong’s Greek: 2268. Ἡσαΐας (Esaias) — Isaiah, an 

 Strong’s Concordance. Esaias: Isaiah, an Israelite prophet. Original Word: Ἠσαΐας,
ου, ὁ Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: Esaias 
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Strong’s Greek: 5578. ψευδοπροφήτης 

 Strong’s Concordance. pseudoprophétés: a false prophet. Original Word: ψευδοπροφήτης,
ου, ὁ Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration 
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Strong’s Greek: 1158. Δανιήλ (Daniél) — Daniel, the 

 Strong’s Concordance. Daniél: Daniel, the prophet. Original Word: Δανιήλ, ὁ Part
of Speech: Proper Noun, Indeclinable Transliteration: Daniél Phonetic 
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Strong’s Greek: 2408. Ἱερεμίας (Ieremias) — Jeremiah, an 

 Strong’s Concordance. Ieremias: Jeremiah, an OT prophet. Original Word: Ἰερεμίας,
ου, ὁ Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: Ieremias 
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Strong’s Greek: 1666. Ἐλισσαῖος (Elisaios) — Elisha 

 Strong’s Concordance. Elisaios: Elisha, an Israelite prophet. Original Word:
Ἐλισσαῖος, ου, ὁ Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration 
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Strong’s Greek: 2495. Ἰωνᾶς (Iónas) — Jonah, an Israelite 

 Strong’s Concordance. Iónas: Jonah, an Israelite prophet. Original Word: Ἰωνᾶς,
ᾶ, ὁ Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: Iónas Phonetic 
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Strong’s Greek: 4396. προφήτης (prophétés) — a prophet 

◄ 4396. prophétés ►. Strong’s Concordance. prophétés: a prophet (an
interpreter or forth-teller of the divine will). Original 
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Strong’s Greek: 4545. Σαμουήλ (Samouél) — Samuel, a 

◄ 4545. Samouél ►. Strong’s Concordance. Samouél: Samuel, a prophet
and judge in Isr. Original Word: Σαμουήλ, ὁ Part 
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Strong’s Greek: 13. Ἄγαβος (Agabos) — Agabus, a Christian 

 Strong’s Concordance. Agabos: Agabus, a Christian prophet. Original Word: Ἀγαβος,
ου, ὁ Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: Agabos 
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Strong’s Greek: 919. Βαριησοῦς (Bariésous) — “son of 

 Strong’s Concordance. Bariésous: “son of Joshua,” Bar-Jesus, a false prophet.
Original Word: Βαρϊησοῦς, οῦ, ὁ Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine 
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Strong’s Greek: 5617. Ὡσηέ (Hósée) — Hosea, an Israelite 

 Strong’s Concordance. Hósée: Hosea, an Israelite prophet. Original Word: Ὡσηέ, ὁ
Part of Speech: Proper Noun, Indeclinable Transliteration: Hósée 
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Strong’s Greek: 2243. Ἡλίας (Elias) — Elijah, an Israelite 

 Strong’s Concordance. Elias: Elijah, an Israelite prophet. Original Word: Ἠλίας,
ου, ὁ Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: Elias Phonetic 
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Strong’s Greek: 903. Βαλαάμ (Balaam) — Balaam, an 

 Strong’s Concordance. Balaam: Balaam, an unrighteous prophet. Original Word: Βαλαάμ,
ὁ Part of Speech: Proper Noun, Indeclinable Transliteration: Balaam 
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Strong’s Greek: 2493b. Ióél — Joel, an Israelite prophet

◄ 2493b. Ióél ►. Strong’s Concordance. Ióél: Joel, an Israelite prophet.
Transliteration: Ióél Short Definition: Joel  prophet NASB Translation Joel (1). 
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Strong’s Greek: 3483. ναί (nai) — yes, certainly, even so

 INT: They say to him Yes Lord. Matthew 11:9 Prtcl GRK: προφήτην ἰδεῖν
ναί λέγω ὑμῖν NAS: A prophet? Yes, I tell KJV: A prophet
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Strong’s Greek: 230. ἀληθῶς (aléthós) — truly

 John 6:14 Adv GRK: Οὗτός ἐστιν ἀληθῶς ὁ προφήτης NAS: This is truly
the Prophet KJV: is of a truth that prophet INT: This is 
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Strong’s Greek: 2493. Ἰωήλ (Ioel) — Joel

 ὁ Part of Speech: Proper Noun, Indeclinable Transliteration: Ioel Phonetic Spelling:
(ee-o-ale’) Short Definition: Joel Definition: Joel, the Hebrew prophet
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Strong’s Greek: 3408. μισθός (misthos) — wages, hire

 Matthew 10:41 N-AMS GRK: ὄνομα προφήτου μισθὸν προφήτου λήμψεται
NAS: a prophet’s reward; and he who receives KJV: a 
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Strong’s Greek: 4397. προφητικός (prophétikos) 

 of Speech: Adjective Transliteration: prophétikos Phonetic Spelling: (prof-ay-tik-
os’) Short Definition: prophetic Definition: prophetic, uttered by a prophet 
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Strong’s Greek: 820. ἄτιμος (atimos) — without honor 

 Matthew 13:57 Adj-NMS GRK: ἔστιν προφήτης ἄτιμος εἰ μὴ NAS: to them, A prophet
is not without honor except KJV: is not without honour 
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Strong’s Greek: 1184. δεκτός (dektos) — acceptable

 Luke 4:24 Adj-NMS GRK: οὐδεὶς προφήτης δεκτός ἐστιν ἐν
NAS: prophet is welcome in his hometown. KJV 
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Strong’s Greek: 4053. περισσός (perissos) — abundant

 Matthew 11:9 Adj-NNS-C GRK: ὑμῖν καὶ περισσότερον προφήτου NAS:
I tell you, and one who is more than a prophet
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Strong’s Greek: 975. βιβλίον (biblion) — a paper, book

 Luke 4:17 N-NNS GRK: ἐπεδόθη αὐτῷ βιβλίον τοῦ προφήτου NAS: And the
book of the prophet Isaiah KJV: unto him the book of the 
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Strong’s Greek: 5310. ὕψιστος (hupsistos) — highest, most 

 Luke 1:76 Adj-GMS GRK: παιδίον προφήτης Ὑψίστου κληθήσῃ προπορεύσῃ
NAS: the prophet of the Most High; For you will go 
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Strong’s Greek: 1842. ἐξολοθρεύω (exolethreuó) — to 

 Acts 3:23 V-FIP-3S GRK: προφήτου ἐκείνου ἐξολεθρευθήσεται ἐκ τοῦ
NAS: that prophet shall be utterly destroyed from 
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Strong’s Greek: 3689. ὄντως (ontós) — really, truly

 Mark 11:32 Adv GRK: τὸν Ἰωάννην ὄντως ὅτι προφήτης NAS: John to have
been a real prophet. KJV: he was a prophet indeed. 
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Strong’s Greek: 4395. προφητεύω (prophéteuó) — to 

 for נִבָּא and הִתְנַבֵּא; Vulg.propheto (three timesprophetizo); to prophesy,
ie to be a prophet, speak forth by divine inspiration; to 
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Strong’s Greek: 3913. παραφρονία (paraphronia) 

 2 Peter 2:16 N-AFS GRK: τοῦ προφήτου παραφρονίαν NAS: restrained the madness
of the prophet. KJV: forbad the madness of the prophet
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Strong’s Greek: 314. ἀναγινώσκω (anaginóskó) — to 

 Acts 8:28 V-IIA-3S GRK: αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀνεγίνωσκεν τὸν προφήτην NAS: in his
chariot, and was reading the prophet KJV: his chariot 
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Strong’s Greek: 1415. δυνατός (dunatos) — strong, mighty 

 Luke 24:19 Adj-NMS GRK: ἀνὴρ προφήτης δυνατὸς ἐν ἔργῳ NAS: was a prophet
mighty in deed KJV: was a prophet mighty in deed INT: a 
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Wisdom

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Wisdom [N]

The paradigms of Israel’s religion law, prophecy, and wisdom were not exclusive to Israel but were shared by other ancient Near Eastern cultures. So it was not the form of Israel’s religion that made it distinctive, by its content. Wisdom was a common way of thinking in this part of the ancient world. Briefly, it was a way of viewing and approaching life, which involved instructing the young in proper conduct and morality and answering the philosophical questions about life’s meaning.

The Old Testament.

In the Old Testament wisdom at one level describes skilled arts and artisans, like weavers (Exod 35:25-26 ), architects (Exod 35:30-36:1 ), and goldsmiths (Jer 10:9 ). At a second level, wisdom was keen insight into life and ways of dealing with its problems. Solomon was associated with wisdom in this sense (1 Kings 3:1-15 ; see also 1 Kings 4:32-34 ), although the term used was “understanding,” which occurs often as a synonym of wisdom. At a fourth level, the terms “wisdom” and “wise” apply to men and women who represent a way of thinking and conduct that is orderly, socially sensitive, and morally upright. Thus, the major thrust of wisdom in the Old Testament was a code of moral conduct. This is especially represented by the Book of Proverbs, which gives instruction on personal behavior from the discipline of children (22:6 ) to the golden-rule treatment of one’s neighbor (24:29 ). The goal of wisdom was to build an orderly and functional society that reflected the moral requirements of God as set forth in the Law of Moses. Although Wisdom Literature has no emphasis on Mosaic Law as a code, the moral propositions of that law nevertheless underwrite the moral code of Wisdom Literature (Holiness issues!), particularly the books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. The closing admonition of Ecclesiastes, only implied in the main body of the book, is to “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man (Separated unto God, Sanctified and then Consecrated, for His use by obedience to His every word to us, Mt.4:4!)” (12:13 ). The apocryphal book of Ecclesiasticus (Jesus ben Sirach) carries this view to the point of equating wisdom with law. Keeping the law produces wisdom, and wisdom is found in the keeping of the law (15:1; 21:11; 24:23-33).

Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 15:1
Parallel Verses
He that feareth the Lord will do good and he that hath the knowledge of the law shall obtain her.
He that feareth the Lord will do good and he that hath the knowledge of the law shall obtain her.
Ecclesiasticus (Sira) 21:11
Parallel Verses
He that keepeth the law of the Lord getteth the understanding thereof: and the perfection of the fear of the Lord is wisdom.
He that keepeth the law of the Lord getteth the understanding thereof: and the perfection of the fear of the Lord is wisdom.

24:23-33,

23All these things are the book of the covenant of the most high God, even the law which Moses commanded for an heritage unto the congregations of Jacob.

24Faint not to be strong in the Lord; that he may confirm you, cleave unto him: for the Lord Almighty is God alone, and beside him there is no other Saviour.

25He filleth all things with his wisdom, as Phison and as Tigris in the time of the new fruits.

26He maketh the understanding to abound like Euphrates, and as Jordan in the time of the harvest.

27He maketh the doctrine of knowledge appear as the light, and as Geon in the time of vintage.

28The first man knew her not perfectly: no more shall the last find her out.

29For her thoughts are more than the sea, and her counsels profounder than the great deep.

30I also came out as a brook from a river, and as a conduit into a garden.

31I said, I will water my best garden, and will water abundantly my garden bed: and, lo, my brook became a river, and my river became a sea.

32I will yet make doctrine to shine as the morning, and will send forth her light afar off.

33I will yet pour out doctrine as prophecy, and leave it to all ages forever.

34Behold that I have not laboured for myself only, but for all them that seek wisdom.

 

Certain theological presuppositions undergird the Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament. First, the individual rather than the nation is addressed. In one sense, wisdom is an appropriate theological complement to the law and the prophets, the latter two religious paradigms basically addressing the nation. That is not to overlook the fact, however, that much in the law and prophets applies to individuals. Rather, it is to recognize that God spoke the law to the nation of Israel, and similarly the prophets spoke basically to the nation. It is not reading too much into Wisdom Literature to say that wisdom’s way of building the society that reflected Yahweh’s will for humankind was to work from the individual up, whereas law and prophecy tended to work from the corporate nation down to the individual. (See Num.15:1-ffs, One Law for all!)

Second, the view of God put forth by Wisdom Literature was God as Creator rather than God as Redeemer, the latter theological construct characterizing law and prophecy. This is evident in the Lord’s redemptive Acts of bringing Israel out of Egypt and giving them the land of Canaan. In contrast, wisdom never makes reference to historical events, but rather describes God as Creator of the world. Again, this view is a helpful theological complement to the Redeemer theology of the Torah and Prophets.

Third, wisdom simplifies religion by describing faith as born out of decisions that are either wise or foolish. There are two ways a person may take, and the choices one makes determine one’s direction. In Proverbs, wisdom personified stands in public places and calls to those who will listen to follow her precepts (1:20-33 ; 8:1-31 ). The disposition that characterizes the wise person is summed up in the phrase the “fear of the Lord.” It is this disposition that is the beginning of wisdom, and it also designates the process by which wisdom matures the individual. Not surprisingly, the fear of the Lord also names the end of the process. Sometimes in the Old Testament this phrase is a general term for religion (since the Old Testament has no specific word for religion), and sometimes, as in the Book of Proverbs, the phrase carries a meaning very close to the New Testament concept of faith.

The wisdom books of the Old Testament are Job, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs. A few psalms fall into the wisdom category ( 1 , 37 , 49 , 73 ,112 , 127 , 128 ). The emphasis of this material subdivides into two rubrics, one emphasizing the theological problems of life, such as the suffering of the innocent (Job) and the meaning of life (Ecclesiastes). Scholars sometimes call this rubric higher or reflective wisdom. The other rubric is much more practical (Proverbs), and deals with the issues that touch the individual’s life, such as personal industry, integrity, sexual purity, and family relations. This subcategory is sometimes called lower or practical wisdom. The wisdom psalms divide into these categories as well, 37, 49, and 73 representing higher wisdom, and 1, 112, 127, and 128 belonging to the practical category.

The New Testament. In the New Testament the Epistle of James is often considered to incorporate wisdom elements in its practical advice for Christian living. The practical nature of the Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12 ) also puts them in a category akin to wisdom. Luke took note that Jesus “grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (2:52, See also 1 Cor.1:24 & 1 Cor.2:1-16 to have the mind of Christ is to know God!). Perhaps this connotes the practical side of Jesus’ teaching, so simple and direct, but it could also include a deeper knowledge of mission and God’s purpose of salvation (Is.28:9-12 or end up as those in verse 13.).

Paul compares the wisdom (sophia, sofiva]) of men to a “wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began” (1 Cor. 2:6-7 ). The “wisdom of men” was human understanding as compared with the “hidden wisdom of God, ” which was a knowledge of God’s plan of salvation through Jesus Christ foreordained before the world began. The ultimate manifestation of wisdom was Jesus Christ (Jn.1:17). Ultimately God revealed his wisdom in the person of his own Son (Flesh, 1 Tm.3:16, Jn.14:7-9, 10:30 & 12:45!), Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 1:24 1 Corinthians 1:30, to know Jesus is to know God with us, our Immanuel, Mt.1:23!).

  1. Hassell Bullock

See also Mind/ReasonProverbs, Theology ofUnderstanding

Bibliography. C. H. Bullock, An Introduction to the Old Testament Poetic Books; J. L. Crenshaw, Old Testament Wisdom; J. H. Walton, Ancient Israelite Literature and Its Cultural Context.

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Know, Knowledge

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Know, Knowledge
The Old Testament. The Hebrew root yada [[;d”y], translated “know”/”knowledge,” appears almost 950 times in the Hebrew Bible. It has a wider sweep than our English word “know,” including perceiving, learning, understanding, willing, performing, and experiencing. To know is not to be intellectually informed about some abstract principle, but to apprehend and experience reality. Knowledge is not the possession of information, but rather its exercise or actualization!

Thus, biblically to know God is not to know about him in an abstract and impersonal manner, but rather to enter into his saving actions (Micah 6:5 ). To know God is not to struggle philosophically with his eternal essence, but rather to recognize and accept his claims. It is not some mystical contemplation, but dutiful obedience.

In the doing of justice and righteousness, Josiah is said to have known God (Jer 22:15-16 ). True knowledge of God involves obeying the stipulations of his covenant. It is expressed in living conformity to his will. The opposite of knowledge is not ignorance, but rebellion (Jer22:11-14 ).

To know is to realize the loss of children ( Isa 47:8 ), grief ( Isa 53:3 ), guilt ( Jer 3:13 ),expediency ( Eccl 8:5 ),conversion ( Jer16:19-21 ), and judgment ( Eze 25:14 ).

The word “know” reflects a variety of skills and professional abilities such as hunting ( Gen25:27 ), sailing ( 1Kings 9:27 ), playing the harp ( 1 Sam 16:16 ),professional mourning ( Amos 5:16 ), and reading ( Isa 29:11 ). It also is used to indicate the ability to distinguish between good and evil ( Gen 3:5 ; Isa 7:15 ), the left and right hand (Deu.5:31-33, Jonah4:11 ), the wise and the foolish ( Eccl 2:19 ), the desirable and the undesirable ( 2 Sam 19:35 ), and life and death ( 2Sam 12:22 ).

The word “know” is used as a euphemism for sex and intercourse: Adam knew his wife Eve and she became pregnant (Gen 4:1 ). Women who have “known” a man are no longer virgins ( Numbers 31:17 Numbers 31:35 ). In his declining days David had an attractive attendant who served him but did not have sexual relationships with him ( 1 Kings 1:4 ). Even sexual perversions such as sodomy ( Gen 19:5 ; Judges 19:22 ) and rape ( Judges 19:25 )are designated by the word “know.”

The word “know” is used also to express acquaintance with a person. Jacob questioned the shepherds of Haran, “Do you know Laban?” ( Gen 29:5 ). The pual participle of the Hebrew word indicates a close friend ( Job 19:14 ; Psalm 55:13 ), a neighbor ( Psalm31:11 ), a companion (Psalms 88:8 Psalms 88:18 ),and a relative ( Ruth2:1 ).

Divine-human relationships are also expressed by this term. The Lord knew Moses very well—”by name” ( Exodus 33:11 Exodus 33:12 Exodus 33:17 ). Moses sought a reciprocal acquaintance with God ( Exod 33:13 ). The psalmist is amazed at God’s intimate knowledge ( Psalm 139:6 ) of his personal life, his daily activities ( 139:1-2 ), even his unuttered and unformed thoughts ( 139:4 ).

The fact that God knows often indicates divine choice. He knew Jeremiah before his birth, singling him out to be a prophet ( Jer 1:5 ). He chose Abraham to be the father of a great nation ( Gen 18:19 ). The statement of am 3:2, “You (Israel) only have I chosen of all the families of the earth, ” indicates divine selection. It is the way of the righteous that the Lord knows, endorses, and cherishes ( Psalm 1:6 ).

“Know” also is used as a treaty term. To know is to acknowledge. Thus when the new king of Egypt did not know Joseph ( Exod 1:8 ) he did not recognize the agreement that had been developed between Joseph and Pharaoh at the time his family came to Egypt. While the ox and donkey know their owner, Israel does not know ( Isa 1:3 ). More than instinct is intended here. Loyalty to the covenant is clearly in mind since the witnesses of that covenant are invoked ( Isa 1:2 ). Moses demands that those who had stood at Mount Sinai and entered into covenant with the Lord acknowledge that agreement and live by it ( Deut 11:1-25 ).

The New Testament. The Greek words commonly translated know are oida [ei [dw] and ginosko [gin wvskw].These words have the various nuances of meaning of the English word “know.” They have been influenced by the Hebrew word yada [[;d”y], such influence having been mediated through the Septuagint, but they also reflect an adaptation demanded by a pagan world ignorant of God’s existence.

The New Testament emphasizes that knowing God is not simply an intellectual apprehension, but a response of faith and an acceptance of Christ. It is he who has made God known ( John 1:18 ). To know Christ is to know God ( John 14:7 ). Eternal life is to know the true God and Jesus Christ ( John 17:3 ). Paul desires to know Christ in his death and resurrection ( Php 3:10 ). Failure to know Jesus as Lord and Messiah (Acts 2:36 ) resulted in his rejection and crucifixion ( 1 Cor 2:8 ).

To know Christ is to know truth ( John 8:32 ). While this is personal, it is also propositional. Knowledge of the truth ( 1 Tim 2:4 ; 2 Tim 2:25 ;3:7 ; Titus 1:1 ) is both enlightenment and acceptance of the cognitive aspects of faith.

Paul uses the rhetorical question, “Don’t you know?” several times in 1Corinthians ( 3:16 ; 5:6 ; 1 Corinthians 6:2 1 Corinthians 6:3 1 Corinthians 6:9 1 Corinthians 6:15 ; 1 Corinthians 9:13 1 Corinthians 9:24 ). This may be an appeal to common knowledge, or a reference to a corpus of teaching that the apostle had communicated.

Affirmations about God’s knowledge are more limited in the New Testament than in the Old Testament. He knows the human heart ( Luke 16:15 ). He knows his children’s needs such as clothing and food ( Matt 6:32 ). He even anticipates our petitions ( Matt 6:8 ). In fact, he knows everything ( 1John 3:20 ).

Jesus uniquely knows God ( John 8:55 —here knowledge and obedience are equated ). He knows the hidden designs of his questioners ( Luke 11:17 ). He is also perceptive of humankind. Nowhere is his penetrating knowledge noted more than it is in the Fourth Gospel ( 2:25 ; 5:42 ;6:64 ; 10:14 John 14 ; John 13:1 John 13:11 ; 18:4 ; 19:28 ).

The limits of human knowledge are recognized in the New Testament. It is not through wisdom that the world knows God, but rather through the divine initiative ( Gal 4:8-9 ). It is through the kerygma (Kerygma (from the Greek word κήρυγμα kérugma) is a Greek word used in the New Testament for “preaching” (see Luke 4:18-19, Romans 10:14, Matthew 3:1). It is related to the Greek verb κηρύσσω kērússō meaning, literally, “to cry or proclaim as a herald” and used in the sense of “to proclaim, announce, preach”.

According to the New Testament (Luke 4:17-21), Jesus launched his public ministry when he entered the synagogue in Nazareth, read from the scroll of Isaiah and identified himself as the subject of Isaiah 61. The text is a programmatic statement of Jesus’ ministry to preach or proclaim – kerygma – good news to the poor, the blind and the captive.), that humans can know God ( 1 Cor 1:20-25 ). Spiritual discernment is not the result of profane reasoning ( 1 Tim 6:20 ). God’s revelation in Christ has made knowledge of him possible. But at best, this knowledge is partial. Perfection in the area of knowledge is reserved for the age to come ( 1 Cor 13:12 ).

Carl Schultz

See also Elect, ElectionGod; Knowledge of God

Bibliography. R. Bultmann, TDNT, 1:689-719; P. R. Gilchrist, TWOT, 1:366-67;C. F. H. Henry and R. K. Harrison, ISBE, 3:48-50; A. Richardson, A Theological Word Book of the Bible, pp. 121-22; H. Ringgren, TDOT, 6:448-81.

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Understanding

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Understanding

The Old Testament. The basic Hebrew word so translated is the verb biyn [yiB] or one of its derivatives, together used some 247 times in the Old Testament. In the Revised Standard Version this root accounts for 89 out of 113 appearances of the word “understanding.” Occasionally leb [bel] (heart/mind) will be rendered “understanding” in contexts where the rational rather than the emotional is stressed ( Job 8:10 ; 12:24).

Biyn [yiB] is associated with the Hebrew substantive beyn [yeB], which means “interval” and, when used as a preposition, “between.” Thus, the basic meaning of biyn [yiB] is to separate, to distinguish. It is perceptive insight with the ability to judge.

Understanding is seen as a gift of God ( Dan 2:21 ) and it is to be prayed for ( Psalm 119:34 ). In answer to the question, “Where shall wisdom or understanding be found?” the response is, “God alone knows” ( Job 28:12 Job 28:20 Job 28:23 ). It also results from the study of the divine precepts ( Psalm 119:104 ) and careful reflection in the sanctuary ( Psalm 73:17 ). Hearing is no assurance of understanding ( Dan 12:8 ).

Understanding has a moral character ( Job 28:28 ). This does not, however, preclude the cognitive ( Psalm 49:3-4 ) for understanding is to be gotten ( Proverbs 4:5 Proverbs 4:7 ), sought ( 23:23 ), and learned ( 4:1 ). This can be seen in references to the understanding of a foreign language ( Isa 33:19 ) and Daniel’s understanding of all the subjects in which he was interrogated by Nebuchadnezzar ( Dan 1:20 ). The emphasis of this word goes beyond collection of data, however. Acquired knowledge must be used and used correctly. The injunction is to trust in the Lord rather than to rely on one’s understanding ( Prov 3:5 ).

A person can perceive data with the senses: with the eyes ( Job 13:1 ; 23:8 ), with the ears ( Job 23:5 ; Prov 29:19 ), with the touch (pots can feel the heat Psalm 58:9 ), and with the taste ( Job 6:30 ).

Understanding can pertain to arts and crafts ( 2 Chron 2:13 ) or to the administrative functions of the king ( 2 Chron 2:12 ) even extended to the messianic king ( Isa 11:2 ). David’s understanding as shepherd of his people is extolled ( Psalm 78:72 ). While artisans have made idols according to their understanding ( Hosea 13:2 ), Isaiah challenges the effectiveness of such effort, noting that artisans can create no gods at all ( 44:17 ). Daniel possesses apocalyptic understanding ( Daniel 9:2 Daniel 9:23 ; 10:1 ).

Understanding is associated with wisdom and personified ( Prov 2:3 ; 7:4 ; 8:14-31 ). While some see this as a hypostasis, it is more likely a poetic personification of an abstract principle.

On the one hand, God is the most important object of understanding ( Isa 43:10 ; Jer 9:24 ), but in an intellectual sense he is beyond a person’s understanding ( Isa 40:28 ). Not after being Baptized in and with His Spirit, the Spirit of the Father, see Mt.10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you!

 

The New Testament. Of the seventeen occurrences of understanding in the Revised Standard Version New Testament, ten are translations of suniemi [sunivhmi] or one of its derivatives. This is the word that the Septuagint uses as a translation of biyn [yiB]. Its meaning is to understand, to gain insight into something.

It can designate a positive quality as when the scribe concurred with Jesus about loving the Lord with “all your understanding” ( Mark 12:33 ) and in Paul’s prayer for the Colossians where he couples it with “spiritual wisdom” ( Col 1:9 ). It can be the means of understanding an important truth ( 2 Tim 2:7 ) or the Lord’s will ( Eph 5:17 ).

There is also a negative quality to this word. Jesus used parables because of his audience’s slowness to understand ( Matt 13:13 ). Even his own disciples did not understand the miracle of loaves and fishes ( Mark 6:52 ). Jesus notes that infants understand God’s program better than the intellectuals ( Matt 11:25 ).

The other significant Greek word rendered “understand” is noeo [noievw] and its derivatives, which refer to rational reflection or inner contemplation. Paul notes the limits of human understanding by noting that the peace of God surpasses it ( Php 4:7 ). The apocalyptic number 666 is a challenge to the person who has understanding ( Rev 13:18 ). The pagans act as they do because they are “darkened in their understanding” ( Eph 4:18 ). On the other hand, John affirms that understanding has been made possible by the revelation of Jesus ( 1 John 5:20 ), and of who He is, as God manifested in the flesh, 1 Tm.3:16 and see Jn.1:18, the begotten God in the Greek manuscripts!

Understanding, then, involves the cognitive, the spiritual, and the moral. While human efforts are called for, the ability to understand comes from God (Jn.6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. Through further verses!). The final test of understanding is obedience to God! This is faith in action, Jms.2:1-ffs!

Carl Schultz

See also Mind/ReasonWisdom

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Prophet, Prophetess, Prophecy

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Prophet, Prophetess, Prophecy

A prophet was an individual who received a call from God to be God’s spokesperson, often connected with some crisis that was about to occur, and then announced God’s message of judgment and/or deliverance to Israel and the nations. The importance of this office can be seen in the fact that the word “prophet” occurs over 300 times in the Old Testament and almost 125 times in the New Testament. The term “prophetess” appears 6 times in the Old Testament and 2 times in the New Testament.

The Derivation and Meaning of “Prophet.” The derivation and meaning of the word “prophet” has been a matter of controversy for several centuries now with no prospect of closure on this debate. Since most of the solutions to this enigma have been based on etymologies or terms in cognate languages, it is small wonder that no resolution has been forthcoming. Linguists are especially agreed that the most that etymologies can yield are only various suggestions. The only safe course in resolving the meaning of a word is to depend ultimately on usages in contexts.

Early attempts to explain the meaning of prophet were based on trying to derive the noun from a verbal root. The older Gesenius Lexicon edited by Tregelles hypothecated that the noun “prophet” came from the verb naba [[;b”n], in which the original final letter, ayin, was softened into an aleph (naba [[;b”n]); this verb meant “to bubble up” or “boil forth.” Hence the prophet was one who entered an ecstatic state of utterance, pouring forth words automatically under divine inspiration. Almost all scholars now reject such a suggestion because it remains unattested and cannot be demonstrated from known rules of philology. It is found in scriptures to know the correct terminologies as well as true definitions of use!

More recent suggestions have shifted to viewing the word as being denominative in form, as coming from a noun rather than a verb. If the noun nabi [ayib”n], “prophet, ” is the original form, then the suggestion of W. F. Albright that the Akkadian verb nabu, “to call, ” is helpful in suggesting that the passive meaning may well be “one who is called [by God].” If the verb is taken in its active form, the prophet is “an announcer [for God], ” the meaning favored by König, Lindblom, and Westermann. However, there still exists the possibility that an unknown Semitic root exists that perhaps gives the real source from which the noun “prophet” is derived. A messenger of God’s word, who is also given power to perform all that the Lord has given His messenger to do for Him, for reference Elijah, and Elisha!

However, in spite of the absence of any definitive consensus on the real meaning of the word “prophet” there are at least two classical texts that demonstrate the usage of this term and its meaning in the biblical texts. The first is Exodus 7:1-2 (cf. Exod 4:15-16 ): “Then the Lord said to Moses, See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron will be your prophet (Speaker as well as worker of Supernatural Abilities!). You are to say everything I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell Pharaoh.” What could be clearer? A prophet (nabi [ayib”n]) is one who receives a word from God, just as Moses acted in the place of God in passing on the divine revelations he received from the Lord to his brother Aaron, now functioning as a prophet. Moreover, a prophet is authorized to communicate this divine message to another. Thus Aaron was to function as Moses’ mouthpiece. As all true “Prophets of God” have a word from God to His people and even in many cases to a world that has gone astray and lies in its wickedness see 1 Jn.5:19, to give a call to repentance see Jonah!

The second classical text is Numbers 12:6-8: “When a prophet of the Lord is among you, I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams. But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house. With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord.” In the case of Moses, vis–vis all other prophets, God would speak in direct conversation “face to face.” Other prophets would receive no less a revelation from God, but in their case the means God would use to communicate his word would be the less direct, somewhat enigmatic form of dreams and visions.

Clearly, then, a prophet is an authorized spokesperson for God with a message that originated with God and was communicated through a number of means. When God spoke to these spokespersons, they had no choice but to deliver that word to those to whom God directed it.

The Call of the Prophet. It is impossible to demonstrate from the text of Scripture that each person called to be a prophet received a specific call from God (Not so see Rev.19:10, for all of God’s children who have His Spirit in them are called to prophesy, for Jesus is the Spirit of all Prophecy because He alone is the manifested Father, who is the Holy Spirit, see Jn.4:24 as well as Ac.20;28 & Jn.20:28, when you have found Jesus, you have found the very one who sent Him see Jn.12:45!); however, that fact may be explained by the brevity of our records and by the fact that it was not the purpose of Scripture to record all such details. It is enough for us to know that in many cases there was such a definite call from God, as the testimonies of Elisha, Isaiah, Amos, Hosea, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel demonstrate.

It is true, nevertheless, that there were many who “prophesied” who were not called to be prophets, but were called to be judges, leaders, or priests. Thus, Gideon delivered Israel from the hand of the Midianites, acting on rather detailed instructions from the Lord as to how he was to effect such a deliverance, much as a true prophet would receive revelation from God ( Judges 7:2-8 ). David is specifically said to be a prophet in Acts 2:30, yet his primary call in life was to be king over Israel. And few prophets could rank or rate as high in esteem as Moses, but his call was primarily not to the office of prophet but to being a leader of God’s people in the exodus ( Exod 3:10 ). Therefore, we conclude that many more individuals “prophesied” than those who were specifically called to the office of prophet. Was not Abraham called to be the leader of nations as well as the Father of nations as well as the Lord’s Prophet? See Gen.20:Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all that are thine!

It is true that Acts 3:24 speaks of “all the prophets from Samuel on,” making Samuel appear to be the first to prophesy (Not so, did not all the 70 prophesy that the Holy Spirit was given to in Num.11:24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the Lord, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.

25 And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spake unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.

26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad, and the name of the other Medad: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.

27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.

28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My lord Moses, forbid them.

29 And Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? Would God that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his spirit upon them!). Samuel was not the first person to prophesy, however, for “Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied” (Jude 14). Enoch was well before Abraham’s day, much less Samuel’s. Psalm 105:14-15, in referring to the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, urged, “do my prophets no harm.” Many others could be included in this list of those who exercised this gift prior to the days of Samuel, including Moses, Aaron, Miriam ( Exod 15:20 ), Eldad, Medad, the seventy elders ( Num 11:24-29 ), Balaam (Num. 21-24), Deborah ( Judges 4:4 ), and Minoah and his wife ( Judges 13:3 Judges 13:10 Judges 13:21 ).

The official institution of the office of prophet took place in Moses’ day ( Deut 18:15-22 ): After God had warned Israel about attempting to get supernatural information from bogus pagan sources ( Deut 18:9-14 ), he announced that he would “raise up for [them] a prophet like [Moses] from among [their] own brothers” (v. 15). God would “put [his] words in [the prophet’s] mouth and [the prophet] will tell [the people] everything [God] commanded him” (v. 18).

In Deuteronomy 18:15-22 and Deuteronomy 13:1-5 God listed five certifying signs by which a true prophet of God could be recognized: (1) a prophet must be an Israelite, “from among [his] own brothers” ( Deut 18:15 ) (Balaam is the exception that proves this rule); (2) he must speak in the name of the Lord (“If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name” [ Deut 18:19 ]); (3) he must be able to predict the near as well as the distant future (“If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken” [ Deut 18:22 ]); (4) he must be able to predict signs and wonders ( Deut 13:2 ); and (5) his words must conform to the previous revelation that God has given ( Deut 13:2-3 ).

Elisha is one of the earliest individuals in Scripture to receive a specific call from God to be a prophet. Even though the call was mediated through Elijah, it was nonetheless divine in origin. In 1 Kings 19:15-16, God directed the disheartened Elijah to “Go back the way you came and anoint Elisha the son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet.” While the text does not indicate whether the oil of anointing was poured over the head of Elisha, it does note that Elijah found Elisha plowing in the field, whereupon Elijah “threw his cloak [the prophetic mantle] around [Elisha]” (v. 19) and as a result Elisha immediately left his oxen and ran after Elijah. Indeed, as Elisha later requested, a double portion of the Spirit that rested on Elijah fell on him ( 2 Kings 2:9-14 ). The miracle of the parting of the waters of the Jordan River, with the use of the mantle that had dropped from the ascending Elijah, was God’s further attestation to both the validity and reality of that call of God.

Isaiah describes how he felt when he saw the Lord on a throne in his temple ( Isa 6:1-5 ). It was such an overwhelming experience that he was filled with the impropriety of his being in the presence of a holy God, much less being called to serve such a high and exalted Lord. However, the seraphim took a live coal from the altar and touched Isaiah’s lips, thereby purging his sins and iniquities (vv. 6-7). This was followed by a voice that inquired, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Isaiah’s answer was immediate: “Here am I. Send me!” (v. 8). Even though this call does not come until we are six chapters into the book, it is not to be concluded, as some interpreters have complained, that this was not Isaiah’s original call, for part of the call of God was in the desperate spiritual vacuum that had grown up in Israel. Isaiah 1-5 sets the backdrop against which the call of God to Isaiah was issued. Isaiah’s call in chapter 6 involved the four significant elements: a theophany, the purification of the prophet’s lips and heart, the commission to “Go!” and the content of the message he was to proclaim.

Amos had not been unemployed, with no other option but to become a prophet. On the contrary, he was a most successful shepherd in Tekoa and a grower of sycamore-fig fruit ( 1:1 ; 7:14 ). It was the Lord who “took” him from tending the flock and the orchards and commanded him, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel” ( 7:15 ). In fact, Amos protested that he was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet ( 7:14 ); therefore, no one was to think that he merely fell into this occupation, or that he sought it as a career goal. He did not! It was the compelling call of God that forced him to leave what he was doing and apparently doing with no small degree of success and directed him to prophesy in the name of the Lord to a culture that had become sensate and sin-sick.

No less direct was God’s call on Hosea. The first three chapters of his book reveal how his own personal story mirrored the desperate state of affairs that northern Israel found herself in and how deeply offended God, Israel’s spiritual husband, was at all that had happened. Just as resolute as God was in his call of Hosea, so too was Hosea in his resolve to love his wife Gomer even after she had forsaken him for other lovers. After bearing three children to Hosea, whose very names were as symbolic as the message and love of this man for his estranged wife, Hosea wooed back his wife again as God would ultimately his people Israel.

Jeremiah’s call came even before he was formed in the womb ( 1:5a )! In that prenatal period, God set Jeremiah apart and “appointed [him] as a prophet to the nations.” The Lord himself would “put [his] words in [Jeremiah’s] mouth” ( 1:9 ) and make him like a “fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land” ( 1:18 ). In retrospect, Jeremiah felt overpowered and powerfully constrained by the Lord. This divine constraint is one of the most characteristic elements in God’s calling of his prophets.

Ezekiel, like Isaiah, was given a vision of the greatness of God and his glory. The whole scene of the throne, with the spectacular radiance of the glory of God, was to assure Ezekiel that nothing less than the personal presence of God could be expected to go with him wherever he went. The throne of God was situated on wheels that were solid and thus able to go in any direction his servant Ezekiel went.

Even though the prophets professed strong feelings of inadequacy and unworthiness ( Isa 6:5 ; Jer 1:6 ), they nevertheless could not resist the strong divine compulsion they were under ( Jer 15:20 ; Ezek 1:3 ; 3:14 ; 8:1 ). Their “accreditation” came from God ( 1 Sam 3:20 “all Israel recognized that Samuel was attested [or better still: was accredited] as a prophet of the Lord” ).

The Terminology of Prophecy. The most common term for prophet (occurring over three hundred times in the Old Testament) is nabi [ayib”n]. The feminine form of this noun, nab”a (h) [h’ayibn], is used six times of women who performed the same task of receiving and proclaiming the message given by God. These women include Miriam, Aaron and Moses’ sister ( Exod 15:20 ); Deborah ( Judges 4:4 ); the prophet Isaiah’s wife ( Isa 8:3 ); and Huldah, the one who interpreted the Book of the Law discovered in the temple during the days of Josiah ( 2 Kings 22:14 ; 2 Chron 34:22 ). There were false prophetesses just as there were false prophets. The prophetess Noadiah was among those who tried to intimidate Nehemiah ( Neh 6:14 ). See also Ac.21:And the next day we that were of Paul’s company departed, and came unto Caesarea: and we entered into the house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him.

And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy.

 

Another general designation for these servants of God is “man of God,” appearing over seventy-six times. Nearly half of these references (36) are used of Elisha, fifteen of the unnamed prophet in 1 Kings 13, and the other twenty-five are scattered: five refer to Moses, four to Samuel, seven to Elijah, three to David, two to Shemaiah, and five to unnamed individuals. Another general name for the prophets in Scripture is “My servants.” This title is first used of Moses in Joshua 1:1, but it appears with a fair degree of frequency in Kings, Ezra, and Nehemiah.

The prophets are also given figurative names. Haggai is uniquely called the “Lord’s messenger” ( 1:13 ), while Ezekiel is called a “Shepherd” (chap. 34) and a “Watchman” (chap. 33).

The oldest term, however, is the participial form of the verb “to see,” ro’eh [h,aor]. Apparently this was the older name for a prophet, for 1 Samuel 9:9 notes in an aside, “(Formerly in Israel, if a man went to inquire of God, he would say, Come, let us go to the seer, ‘ because the prophet of today used to be called a seer.)” The term is used in six out of a total of thirteen times in the Old Testament to refer to Samuel, with the only occurrence in the prophetic books proper coming in Isaiah 30:10 “They say to the seers, See no more visions!'” In 2 Kings 17:13 seer is used in parallelism with prophet, thus also showing the equation of the two terms.

Another participial form of the verb “to have a vision” or “to see a vision” is hozeh [h,z’j]. This word can also be translated “seer” or “visionary.” It appears sixteen times in the Old Testament. The priest Amaziah called Amos a hozeh [h,z’j], “seer” ( Amos 7:12 ). The name is also applied to David’s seer, Gad ( 2 Sam 24:11 ), and to Hanani and his son Jehu ( 2 Chron 16:7 ; 19:2 ). Only in 1 Chronicles 29:29 are the three terms, roeh, nabi [ayib”n], and hoeh used together while referring to Samuel, Nathan, and Gad respectively.

A roeh, then, was one who was given divine insight into the past, present, and future so that he could see everything from lost items to the great events of the last days. A nabi [ayib”n] was one who was called of God to announce the divine message, while a hozeh [h,z’j] was given messages mainly in visions.

The Prophetic Activity. It is of more than just passing interest to learn how the prophets received their messages from God and how they delivered them to their intended recipients.

The prophets were neither especially precocious savants who could render wise counsel at will nor were they mere automatons through whom God spoke as they remained in a zombie-like trance. They were mere mortals with differing abilities and with the human capacity to make mistakes. Thus, when the prophet Nathan was asked for his own human opinion as to whether David should build the temple for God, he enthusiastically urged the King to do so. But Nathan spoke as a mere mortal; God had to instruct him to return and give a divine answer to the question prefaced with the prophetic formula of divine authority: “This is what the Lord says!”

Oftentimes a prophet knew only a portion of the divine will. For example, Samuel knew that he was to anoint one of Jesse’s sons, but he did not know which one (1 Sam. 16). His guess was that it would be one of the older sons, but it was only after David, Jesse’s youngest son, stood before him that he knew that he had been looking at external appearances while God looked on the heart of the one who was to be anointed as king.

How did God communicate his word to his prophets? In rare cases, God spoke in an audible voice that could be heard by anyone who might have been in the vicinity. Such was Samuel’s experience when he heard his name being called out in the middle of the night ( 1 Sam 3:3-9 ). Moses spoke directly with God on Mount Sinai ( Exod 19:3-24 ). Elijah would later come to this same cave, where God would converse with his thoroughly disheartened servant ( 1 Kings 19:9-18 ).

More frequently, the prophet received a direct message from God with no audible voice. Instead, there must have been an internal voice by which the consciousness of the prophet suddenly was so heightened that he knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that what he said or what he was to do was exactly what God wanted done in that situation. In 1 Kings 13:20-22, a prophet suddenly rebuked the man of God from Judah with a word that he said an angel had given to him. The fact that what he said came to pass validated his claim that it was from God, even though that same prophet had previously lied to the man he now rebuked in the name of the Lord.

So accurate was this type of communication by a man of God that “Time and again Elisha warned the [Israelite] king so that he was on his guard in such places” ( 2 Kings 6:10 ). When the enraged Syrian king demanded to know where the leak was in his organization, the answer was, “None of us [is on the side of the king of Israel], but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom” (v. 12).

God also communicated with his prophets in a third way: by opening the prophet’s eyes so that he could see realities that ordinarily would be hidden. Thus, just as the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam’s donkey so that she saw what Balaam at first could not see ( Num 22:31 ), so God opened the eyes of the prophet Elisha’s servant so that he could see the angelic armies of the Lord that surrounded Samaria were indeed greater in number than the Syrian armies ( 2 Kings 6:15-17 ).

The fourth way that God communicated with his prophets was the extensive use of visions, dreams, and elaborate imagery. God’s word was sometimes clothed in symbolic imagery that left a firm imprint on the mind of the prophet and his listeners. Some of the images were explained in the very same context. For example, the head of gold on Daniel’s image was the nation Babylon with its king Nebuchadnezzar while the stone that grew to fill the whole earth was the kingdom of God ( Dan 2:37-39 ). In other instances, the imagery was drawn from revelation that had already been given to God’s people. Thus the Book of Revelation makes extensive use of such Old Testament symbols as the tree of life ( Rev 2:7 ; 22:2 ; cf. Gen 2:9 ; 3:24 ); the key of David ( Rev 3:7 ; cf. Isa 22:22 ); and the four horseman ( Rev 6:1-8 ; cf. Zech 1:8-11 ). Some symbols, however, are deliberately left unexplained (Not so if one knows where to go find the answers in scriptures, that are revealed in the prophets of old!); hence the partial enigmatic quality of prophecy.

The visions God gave did not come at any special time. Some came while the prophet was awake; others came while the prophet was awakened from his sleep or was sleeping. In some cases the prophet was transported in a vision to places far distant from the locale where he was ( Ezek 8:1-3 ; 11:24 ). Yet the prophet always retained the ability to distinguish between his own dreams and those that were given by God.

The fifth and final way that God revealed his message to his prophet was through the use of symbolic actions. Scripture is replete with examples of such activity, which can best be described as outdoor theater, pantomimes, or parables in action. The prophet Micah went about naked as a sign that Samaria would go into captivity ( Micah 1:8 ). Jeremiah wore a yoke in a downtown area to warn Judah that they would shortly be going into exile to Babylon ( Jer 27:2-13 ). Ezekiel was the strangest of them all. He set up a sandbox siege of Jerusalem to portray the city’s pending plight ( Eze 4:1-3 ), then laid on his left side for 390 days and on his right side 40 days with meager siege rations to warn the people what was ahead of them for not repenting of their sin (vv. 4-17).

In all these ways, God wanted his prophets to receive his message and the people to remember what he had said. In delivering these messages, often the prophet would deliver a brief word of rebuke or encouragement, or present a specific order that was to be carried out.

At other times, the prophets were available to answer direct questions, such as the time when the kings of Israel, Judah, and Edom came to Elisha as an embarrassed delegation to ask how they could extricate themselves out of the military mess that they had managed to get themselves into ( 2 Kings 3:11-19 ). Often such answers were followed by longer rejoinders that called for some type of believing or confessing response; more often than not, however, the response was one of unbelief. One outstanding case of unbelief was the instance of the ungodly aide to the king who refused to believe God’s miraculous provision of grain in the midst of a frightening siege ( 2 Kings 7:1-20 ). He lived only long enough to see the prophecy fulfilled as he died in the stampede for the miraculously provided food.

The Interpretation of Prophecy. Biblical prophecy is more than “fore-telling”: two-thirds of its in scripturated form involves “forth-telling,” that is, setting the truth, justice, mercy, and righteousness of God against the backdrop of every form of denial of the same. Thus, to speak prophetically was to speak boldly against every form of moral, ethical, political, economic, and religious disenfranchisement observed in a culture that was intent on building its own pyramid of values vis-a-vis God’s established system of truth and ethics.

However, prediction was by no means absent from the prophetic message. The prophets were conscious of contributing to the ongoing plan of God’s ancient, but constantly renewed promise. They announced God’s coming kingdom and the awful day of the Lord when God’s wrath would be poured out on all ungodliness. In the meantime, before that eschatological moment, there would be a number of divine in-breakings on the historical scene in which the fall of cities such as Samaria, Damascus, Nineveh, Jerusalem, and Babylon would serve as harbingers or fore-shadowing of God’s final intrusion into the historical scene at the end of history. Thus each mini-judgment on the nations or empires of past and present history were earnests and down payments on God’s final day of coming onto the historic scene to end it in one severe judgment and blast of victory. So said all the prophets. And in so saying they exhibited the fact that all their messages were organically related to each other; they were progressively building on one another. And, being focused distinctly on God, they were preeminently theocentric in their organization.

Therefore, the predictive sections of biblical prophecy exhibit certain key characteristics: (1) they are not isolated sayings, but are organically related to the whole of prophecy; (2) they plainly foretell things to come rather than being clothed in such abstruse terminology that they could be proven true even if the opposite of what they appear to say happens; (3) they are designed to be predictions and are not accidental or unwitting predictions; (4) they are written and published before the event, so that it could not be said that it was a matter of human sagacity that determined this would take place; (5) they are fulfilled in accordance with the original utterance, unless expressly attached to a condition; and (6) they do not work out their own fulfillment, but stand as a verbal witness until the event takes place.

History, then, is the final interpreter of prophecy, as Jesus said, “I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe” ( John 14:29 ). Moreover, in addition to leaving the details of fulfillment to be disclosed when the historical process uncovers them, it is to be noted as well that it is not the interpreter who is to receive the plaudits of humans, but Jesus; prophecy points to him. Jesus taught: “I am telling you now before it happens, that when it does happen you will believe that I am He” ( John 13:19 ). Only God can deliver the word of Truth and Jesus is that Spirit without measure, Jn.1:17 seen in Jn.3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him (Jesus).

Prophecies may be placed in several categories, based on their fulfillment: unconditional prophecies, conditional prophecies, and sequentially fulfilled prophecies. The first category is the simplest and most straightforward. Included in this category are the divine promises relating to God’s covenant with his people Israel and our salvation. Examples are the covenants made with Abraham and David and the new covenant. However, God’s covenant with the seasons ( Gen 8:21-22 ) and his promise of a new heaven and a new earth are also unconditional prophecies. They are unconditional because they rely upon God’s faithfulness for their implementation and not on our obedience or response. Only they who are in God’s Grace or Favour will be in a position to enjoy these unconditional prophesies, making the possessor of prophesies a conditional response to obedience to the word of God Mt.4:4 seen in Lk.4:4 as well, being in compliance with His word to us!

The best way to demonstrate this one-sided obligation is to point to Genesis 15:12-19, where God told Abraham to cut animals in half and form an aisle down the middle so that the person obligating himself could walk down the aisle outlined by the pieces. In this case, however, only the Lord, here depicted as a smoking fire pot with a blazing torch, moved between the pieces; Abraham did not go between the cut animals. Therefore, God would perform what he promised regardless of what Abraham did or did not do. Not so Abraham was righteous before God in that he did all that the Lord had commanded him to do and would make his sons and servants obey God’s word as well, Gen.17:1! We too are called to walk before our God and be ye perfect as He is perfect, Mt.5:48! See also

Most of the prophecies in the Bible fall into the conditional category in that they pose alternative prospects; depending on whether Israel, the individual, or the nation to whom they were addressed, obeyed and responded to the conditions set forth in them. Two controlling passages that governed much of Old Testament predictions were Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28. There God promised blessing if Israel obeyed, but punishment if they disobeyed.

Alternative outcomes were predicted for individuals, depending on whether they responded in belief or not. For example, Jeremiah laid before King Zedekiah two possible scenarios ( Jer 38:17-19 ), and he did the same for the people of Judah ( Jer 42:10-16 ).

The clearest statement of this principle of conditional fulfillment can be found in Jeremiah 18:7-10. Here it is announced as a principle that relates to any nation or political entity. It read: “If at any time I announce that a nation or a kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.” It is this principle that explains why the prophet Jonah was so reluctant to announce God’s imminent judgment on Nineveh. He feared that the message of the threatened judgment might be heeded by the Ninevites, resulting in their repentance, in which case the threatened judgment would be rescinded by God to the great dismay of the aggrieved prophet. It must be carefully noted, however, that not all conditional prophecies have an expressed condition attached to them, just as was the case in the prophecy of Jonah. The conditions are known from the context or from the progress of revelation. The fact that the prophecies were not given with the obligation only resting on God is another sign that such prophecies fell in the conditional category rather than the unconditional one.

One other rather limited number of prophecies must be noted here. In actuality, they are a subcategory of the conditional type: the sequentially fulfilled type. Ezekiel 26:7-14 is an excellent example of this third category. This prophecy warned that many nations would come up against Tyre; however, the focus of the prophecy was on Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of the mainland city of Tyre on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Suddenly, in the midst of the prediction, there is a sudden switch from the third-person masculine pronoun “he” and “his” to the third-person masculine plural “they.” Some have contended that since Nebuchadnezzar was frustrated because he was unable to capture the people of Tyre, who merely moved from the mainland city of Tyre to an island one-half mile off-shore, that this was an indication that the prophecy was unfulfilled. But it is not an example of an unfulfilled prophecy, for it was fulfilled sequentially. After the Babylonian nation worked its destruction of the mainland city in the 580s B.C.  , Alexander the Great came along in the 330s b.c. and finished the rest of the prophecy by throwing the “stones, timber, and rubble” of the city that Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed “into the sea” in order to build a causeway from the mainland out into the Mediterranean Sea to the island city and capture the city. The prophecy was fulfilled, but it was fulfilled sequentially.

New Testament Prophecy.

Old Testament prophecy came to an end with Malachi, approximately four hundred years before the time of Christ. No formal declaration was made that prophecy had ceased; it was only as time went on that the people began to realize that divine revelation had been absent for a period more protracted than ever before. Three times in the book of 1 Maccabees, written during the events of the revolt against the Syrian Antiochus Epiphanes in days following 168 B.C., the fact that there was no prophet in Israel was noted with sadness (4:46; 9:27; 14:41).

Suddenly, Jesus Christ, the greatest of all the prophets, and the one anticipated in Deuteronomy 18:15-19, appeared on the scene. The title “prophet” is applied to him about a dozen times in the Gospels. His forerunner, John the Baptist, was considered by Jesus to be the last of the prophets who prepared the way for the coming of the Messiah (Is.40:3, who prepared a way for God!). In fact, John the Baptist formed the natural dividing point between the Old Testament prophets and those who were to come in the New Testament (which was tied directly together in the baptism of Jesus tying the New Testament directly to the Old Testament, because Jesus is the manifested word and will of God, Jn.14:1-18, seen in 1 Tm.3:16; so the word of God cannot be broken Jn.10:35!), as Matthew quoted Jesus as saying of John, “For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John” ( Matt 11:13 ).

What was the nature of prophecy in the New Testament? Were the New Testament prophets as absolutely authoritative as their predecessors? Yes as all the Apostle’s words will be seen to come true in the rapture and the eschatology that will be revealed in Revelation of Jesus to St. John’s testimonies, see Jn.14:15 and 15:20!

Many interpreters divide the New Testament prophetic phenomena into two classes: (1) the authoritative prophecies demonstrated by the apostles and their associates who functioned much as the Old Testament prophets did; and (2) a type of prophetic activity that made no claims to being the very word of God, but which was for the “strengthening, encouragement and comfort” of believers ( 1 Cor 14:3 ). It is this second type of prophetic activity in the New Testament that has drawn so much current interest, especially if the argument also holds that this gift of prophecy is still operative in the church today (see Jms.1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. As well as Ro.11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. To all them who obey Him in word and in deed Col.3:17!)

Usually the case for sustaining the argument that the New Testament apostles are linked with the Old Testament prophets as authoritative recipients of the word of God is made by noting that the Book of Hebrews avoids applying the word “prophet” to Jesus, but uses instead the word “apostle” ( 3:1 “fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle (Sent One or Commissioned One), and high priest whom we confess”, to me this shows that it was not Paul who wrote the book Hebrews, as many other instances, such as Heb.2: How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; shows us that this writer was not an Apostle, because he had herd from them, what he now preaches and teaches that was given to him from others! Just as it is seen in Lk.1: Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,

Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;

It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,

That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.) Paul would never have written this that was given to him by Jesus Himself as discussed in the book of Galatians, therefore Paul could not be the writer of Hebrews.

What about this other type of Christian prophecy where believers, who prophesy, do not regard themselves as the bearers of the very words of God? Did not the apostle Paul teach in 1 Corinthians 13:8-9 that “where there are prophecies, they will cease For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.” (Paul was talking about when the Lord comes for His Bride who has made herself ready for His appearing and the Spirit is lifted with His children, form off the face of the Earth, then the darkness that Jesus talked about will come and no man will be able to work! Otherwise with the Holy Spirit in us that is of the Father, we then can do greater things than these that Jesus told us we could do for Him, for is there anything that God cannot do? Lk.1:37, then if He be in us we too can do all things through Him being in us, Mt.19:26!) When would that cessation of prophecy take place? After the early church had matured? Or after the completion of the canon of Scripture? Probably neither of these suggested termination points answers the completion of the perfection process (2 Pt.3:18). Perfection cannot be expected before Christ’s second coming. Thus, the believer’s present, fragmentary knowledge, based as it is on the modes of knowledge now available to us, will come to an end.

How long, then, will prophecy last? The argument at this point now shifts to Ephesians 2:20 the church is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets” (also see Eph 3:5, See Rev.19:10 & Jn.3:3-8! Prophecy is also being blown where the Spirit needs us to go for Him ot deliver a word of prophecy as well as the Gospel message!). If the apostle Paul refers here to two different functions or gifts the apostles and the prophets of the New Testament earthen the gift of prophecy was so foundational in building the Christian church that it does not continue to our day (Wrong see 1 Cor.1: Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:

Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ! So that when He appears we shall be as He is seen in 1 Jn.3: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Why, because we walk as Jesus is and told us to do as He did, Jn.14:6, by His indwelling Spirit in us, therefore be ye regenerated in His likeness as truly born-again children of God! Tit.3:1-ffs); its foundational work has been completed. But if, as others contend, the expression “apostles and prophets” refers to one and the same group in a type of figure of speech called a hendiadys, where two distinct words connected by a conjunction are used to express one complex notion (“apostles-who-are-also-prophets”), then the gift may still be operative today. However, no Greek examples of two plural nouns in this type of construction have yet been attested even though the construction is known in other combinations of words.

Two answers are given, therefore, to the question of the termination of New Testament prophecy by modern interpreters. All agree that classical Old Testament prophecy and apostolic prophecy that delivered to us God’s authoritative Scriptures have ceased (see 1 Cor.12:1-ffs, these are the gifts of the Spirit of God, to the church for its edification; with the world growing increasingly more wicked every day why would the Lord take away His power to overcome sin and the flesh? He would not or His promises were all fabrications of man’s vain imagination and in turn would make our God a liar as men are, see Ro.3:4 which is impossible! Tit.1:2 7 Heb.6:18. Others feel, however, that a secondary type of Christian prophecy continues today in the tradition of the New Testament prophet Agabus ( Acts 11:28 ;21:10 ) and the prophets of 1 Corinthians 12-14. This second group is subordinate to the teaching of the apostles and subject to the criticism and judgment of the body as two or three individuals prophesy in the regular meetings of the church.

Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.

See also False ProphetIsraelProphet, Christ as

Bibliography. W. F. Albright, Interpreting the Prophetic Tradition, pp. 151-76; R. L. Alden, New Perspectives on the Old Testament, pp. 131-45; F. D. Farnell, The Master’s Seminary Journal2 (1991): 157-79; H. E. Freeman, An Introduction to the Old Testament Prophets; R. B. Gaffin, Jr.,Perspectives on Pentecost: New Testament Teaching on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit; K. L. Gentry, Jr., The Charismatic Gift of Prophecy: A Reformed Response to Wayne Grudem; W. A. Grudem, The Gift of Prophecy in the New Testament Today; A. J. Heschel, The Prophets, 2 vols.; G. Houston, Prophecy; W. C. Kaiser, Jr., Back Toward the Future: Hints for Interpreting Biblical Prophecy; J. L. Mays and P. J. Achtemeier, eds., Interpreting the Prophets; R. L. Thomas, BSac 149 (1992): 83-96; W. A. Van Gemeren, Interpreting the Prophetic Word; R. F. White,WTJ54 (1992): 303-20.

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The reason why there is no power in the churches today: No Discipleship and Stewardship!

DISCIPLESHIP AND STEWARDSHIP

A Cure for Doctrinal Chaos and Organizational Disunity

By

Rev. G. L. Boyett

  At some point in the timelessness of eternity, the Sovereign God embarked upon the greatest and grandest of all His creations; He began the process of creating beings just like Himself (Phil.3:21; 1 Jn.3:1-3). It is His intent to bring these beings into His family as His children and to share with them all He has created and all that He will ever create throughout eternity. Moreover, it is His intent to grant His children the same life essence that He possesses, which is the highest form of life-immortality on the divine plane of existence (i.e., life that springs forth from itself and is not dependent on any other source to sustain it because it is self-sustaining, thus a living soul, which lives for eternity! Mt.10:28). See 1 Cor.15:51-54; Rom.2:7; 2 Tim.1:9-10; 1 Pet.4:6; Rev.20:6. Although it is the Sovereign Father’s intent to increase His heavenly family, He will not bestow immortality upon a person or allow a person entry into His heavenly realm until He has absolute confidence in their commitment and loyalty to Him and His way of life, 2 Tm.2:19 He knows the beginning form the end so He alone knows who are is and who is not, Mk12:24-27! Therefore, He has set in place a process through which each potential spirit-son must demonstrate their commitment and loyalty. During this process, each potential spirit-son must develop the character and the qualities that are a part of God the Father and The Son of Man, which is God in the flesh, Jn.1:1-18 the begotten God, as Jesus Christ’s examples, Jn.14:6. See Lev. 11:44-45; 19:1-37; 1 Pet.1-16; 1 Tim.3:16; Mt.1:23; 5:17-20; Ro.12:1-2. The process of proving one’s commitment and loyalty to the Father and His way of life begins in earnest the moment the Father adopts a person into His earthly family as a king-priest and continues until He is absolutely sure of a person’s commitment and loyalty to Him and His way of life. To be truly Born-Again of Water and of His Holy Spirit, Jn.3:3-8; Ac.2:38-40; 2 Cor.5:21; 6:17-18. A true Disciple puts on Christ, as Jesus dwells in him, Jn.14:18; 1 Cor.3:16-17; 6:18-19; we are to be the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, 2 Cor.5:21.

Questions That Need to be Answered

In this present phase of the Sovereign Father’s plan for the salvation of His human creation, many within the Father’s earthly family of king-priests not only have to combat the human side of their nature; the evil of the world around them but also the evil that permeates many congregations of His people, because they lose sight of their callings, Mt.10:32-42. Moreover, many are perplexed by doctrinal chaos and disunity within the Father’s family. Because this condition should not exist among the Father’s chosen ones, many feel that if the root cause were known, these problems could be eliminated or at least minimized. In their quest for a solution to these problems, many have asked themselves some or all of the following questions:

  • Why is the Father’s family not a single, unified, and structured organization?
  • What is the root cause of the doctrinal chaos within the Father’s family?
  • Why is there a lack of powerful and dynamic spiritual leaders within his family?
  • Why are the twenty one plus spiritual gifts noted in the New Testament not being manifested in a major way within his family?
  • What is the root cause of this pathetic condition that exists within the Father’s family during this age?
  • Is this root cause poor spiritual leadership, rebellious family members, some external force, and world conditions during this age, or is it something entirely different?

If you have asked yourself some or all of these questions, read this entire study and you will find that the cause of doctrinal chaos and                             organizational disunity is something surprisingly basic that can be corrected with a small amount of effort from each member of the Father’s family. Believe it or not, the root cause for the pathetic condition that exists within the Father’s family during this age is not from any outside source; it comes from a purely internal source. That source is each and every member of the Father’s earthly family. Yes, you and I are the collective cause of this pathetic situation. Not only are we the cause but also the solution. If the biblical concepts of discipleship and stewardship were clearly understood and diligently practiced during this age, doctrinal chaos and the lack of unity within the Father’s family would be reduced to the point of being easily managed. If you believe that the Sovereign Father’s invitation to become a member of His earthly and heavenly family of king-priests is worthy of your total attention and commitment, and that all other priorities, concerns, and endeavors are insignificant and unimportant when they are compared to the opportunity to be an immortal member of the Family of God, then understanding the significance of discipleship and stewardship is vitally important to you. The reason it is vitally important to understand discipleship and stewardship is that these are the basic elements of the process that has been set in place during this age through which each person the Father calls to salvation can demonstrate their commitment and loyalty to Him and His way of life. The following study examines the process of discipleship and stewardship as practiced by the early church.

Being a Disciple

At the beginning of Christ’s ministry, He chose twelve men to be his disciples and close companions to help Him proclaim the coming Kingdom of God. He also chose seventy others and commissioned them to proclaim the same message. It is important to note that each of the men Jesus chose had the ability to learn what He had to teach them and to perform the task set before them. All that these men needed was to be taught what to proclaim, to be given the tools with which to carry out their task, and to be sent forth to fulfill their task. See Matt.10:1-8; Lk.10:1-24. Christ did not choose a few thousand or a few hundred men, put them through years of preparation, He picked the twelve who were the most qualified for more intense instruction, and then sent the seventy lesser qualified out to prepare people for His arrival to proclaim His Father’s good news message. He chose these eighty two men, because they had the ability to perform the task that they would be given to perform. The same is true of everyone whom the Father calls to salvation during this age. All that is necessary for one to succeed is to be taught what is expected of them and how to successfully perform what is expected; to be given the tools with which to carry out the task; and to be sent forth to fulfill the task. See Isa.48:17; 2 Pet.1:10;              1 Thes.5:1-25.

The Commission

After His death and resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples and told them, “I have been given all authority in heaven and earth. Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this, that I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt.28:18-20 TLB Para.). Most people view the commission Jesus gave His disciples only as marching orders to proclaim the good news message in order to convert people throughout the world to the Sovereign Father’s truth and way of truth in order for them to be saved from eternal death and have eternal life. However, is this, the totality of what Christ meant, or is there much more to the making of disciples? Yes, we must also look to Mathew3:11 John the Baptist says, “I indeed baptize you in water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” Now John the Baptist was indeed preparing the way for the teachings of Jesus our God; look to the ending of this verse in Is.40:3 which John the Baptist quoted from: make straight in the desert a highway for our God. For in the Book of John in Chapter 3, Jesus tells Nicodemus in verses 3 thru 21 we see how to prepare for the kingdom of God, and how to become His ministers. We must be born again, or we will not be allowed into the kingdom. Verse 5 tells us that we must be born of water and of the Spirit or we will not see the kingdom, let alone be able to teach, preach, or discern scriptures in order to receive doctrinal truths! Until we receive the Spirit, the Comforter, the discerner of all Truths John 16:13, we will not be able to discern the Father’s will for us, for if we indeed have this Holy Spirit, then we will be as those in verse 8, “The wind bloweth where it wishes, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh or goeth: so it is with every one that is born of the Spirit.”, but in verse 14. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. This is so important that Jesus goes on to explain it again in verse 15. All things that the Father hath are mine; (because they are one in the same, Jn.10:30) therefore said I, that he will take of mine, and shall show it unto you, Jn.12:45; 1 Jn.5:20.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Eph.6:14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— Eph.4-6; There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; For if you indeed have the Spirit in you, you would have no idea, where you are going or what the Lord has for you to do, and with whom, until the Lord leads you in the Spirit to where He wants you to minister or serve. For whom ever the Lord puts in front of you is there for a reason. And that reason is for you to be a minister, as in servant, or an ambassador of the Lord, who has called you, to them, so we must be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading as well as to whatever the people’s needs are.

Their spiritual as well as their material needs, Jm.2. We must look to a person’s soul first as in their salvation, Ac.19:1-7, as in receiving the Lord as their savior; in keeping their eternal salvation, then look to any personal needs as they arise; as the Holy Spirits instructs all of us to edify our brethren, Ro.15. So with this in mind let us prepare ourselves with the whole armor of the Lord, Eph.6:13-18. Eph.4:5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all:” So we must learn the one way that our Lord wants all to operate in!

So without the Spirit we will never have a clue as to what our calling is, so let us learn how to baptize correctly, for we must teach Repentance first; as the apostle’s have shown us in Ac.2:38-39, as well as Jesus in Mt.4:17; Mk.16:16, for indeed the apostles were the first to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the gift of Grace and Truth, Jn.1:16-17. For the Lord Jesus told them not to leave until they were endued with power, after the Spirit has come upon you, Act 1:8, and we see Jesus delivered on his promise in Acts 2:1-4, we see that 120 were baptized in the Holy Spirit; And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and It sat on each of them. This was to be the sign of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This is why we must be baptized in the name of Jesus, Ac.4:12, for our disciples have shown us by example. For they were given the keys to bind in Heaven and on Earth, from Jesus Himself, in Matt.16:19 he gave this right to Peter, as well as those around him and to all that are endued with power from on High, to whom the Lord will call. We see in Acts 2:38-39 we see the proper way to be baptized, for in verse 36 and 37 we learn why we must, “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ, (Is.9:6; 43:11; 48:17; 53:1-12; Zech.14:9). Now when they hear this they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren what must we do? The only proper answer is the one given. Verse 38 and 39 explain it all so well, Then Peter said unto them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” And this next verse is so important to our churches of today, for this is how we are to receive our authority and power to do all that the disciples have done! 39, “For this is the promise unto you, and your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” And from this point on we see how to properly maintain a church, for the rest of the epistles are our instructions. 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. 42And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. 46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

Disciple’s instruction Book: are seen in the scriptures!

For in 2 Tim 3:16-17 we can hold on to the Truths of our God given instructions for this life: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. Now let us move to one of the most important discovery in the scriptures, in John 8:24 we can see that Jesus is Lord of all. There is no other. 24, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if you believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins.” And if you still have any doubt about Jesus, who He really is, all we have to do is look to 1 Tim.3:16. And without controversy great is the mystery of Godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of by angels, preaches unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. But let us use Jesus’ words, that he expounds to us himself, Jn.8:58, Jesus said unto them, “Verily, Verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I Am.” but the one I like the most is John10:30,”I and my Father are one.” John 4:23, “But the hour cometh and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him.” 24 “God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.”  And in John14, 15, 16, 17, we get our lessons from the Teacher, Master, Father and Lord God Almighty in the flesh, Is.9:6. John14:6-11; Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. Is.54:13; Jer.31:31-34; Jn.6:45; 1 Cor.2:10.

The Father Revealed Jn.4:24

Jn.14:7 “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” 8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works (The Holy Spirit is the Father our God which is manifested in now immortal flesh of Jesus Christ the Holy One!). 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. These last verses prove Jesus is Lord, and if you can’t see this by now then you really, need not go any further with our Lessons, and return to the Top and Start Over! Seek Jesus and He will show all who He is, Mt.6:33; 7:7-8; Mt.11:27-30; Jn.8:24 & 58: The I Am!        

Understanding the Commission

The Lord’s commission given to the disciples and, by extension, to all, the Sovereign Father calls to become a part of His earthly family of king-priests has the following two basic parts:

  • The first part is to proclaim the Father’s good news message to the world and to perform the rituals that facilitate the transformation of a person who believes this message into one of the Father’s earthly children.
  • The second part is to teach these individuals the truth and way of truth in order to help them grow in Grace, in Faith, in Righteousness, in Holiness, and in the knowledge of the Father and Jesus Christ, living a righteous life, which will glorify our Lord. To pray without ceasing, Matt.5:48 Jesus says, 48 “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” 19:26 “But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Come to know the deep things of God, and enter the Father’s kingdom as an immortal spirit-being. To go and sin no more, Jn.5:14; 8:11.

Although both parts of Christ’s commission to the elect are simple and direct, in the centuries since this commission was given, the elect have had great difficulty with the second part which deals with discipleship, along with stewardship; within the Father’s family.

What Is a Disciple?

Over time, the pragmatic meaning of the Greek word for disciple has taken on a completely different meaning in the minds of most who profess to follow the teachings of the Bible. Although some modern word dictionaries get close to defining a disciple as a student, most only define a disciple as a follower of Christ or one who follows a teacher. Therefore, the interpretation of the Greek word for disciple and the true essence of a disciple of Christ are left to the interpretation of each individual. The English word ‘disciples’ in Matthew 28:18-20 is translated from the Greek word ‘matheteuo’, which means intransitively ‘to become a pupil’ and transitively ‘to make pupils’, or ‘to enroll as a scholar’ (i.e., a student) 3101 mathēts (from math-, the “mental effort needed to think something through”) – properly, a learner; a disciple, a follower of Christ who learns the doctrines of Scripture and the lifestyle they require; someone catechized with proper instruction from the Bible with its necessary follow-through (life-applications). See also 3100 / mathēteúō (“to disciple” Walk in the way of the LORD).

As a group, the Father’s earthly children are identified 26 times in the Book of Acts by the Greek word ‘matheteuo’ (i.e., a pupil/student) and individually the elect are identified as ‘mathetes’ and ‘mathetria’, which mean respectively, a ‘learner’ ‘and a ‘female pupil’.

A disciple is simply a person who is being educated in a certain discipline. For one who is a disciple of Christ, that discipline is the Father’s Will, (The Holy Spirit, Jn.4:24. We will worship in truth and in Spirit. For God is that Holy Spirit manifested into flesh, 1 Tm.3:16 our Jesus Christ who is God in the flesh the Immanuel in Mt.1:23 which is God with us!!!), truth and way of truth in faith believing as a child for they are the greatest in His kingdom because of simplicity and a pure heart! Discipleship is the process through which the Father’s adopted children are taught His truth, His way of truth, the rules of conduct for the members of His family, and the philosophy behind these rules that make them holy, just, and good (Rom.7:12). It is through one’s voluntary proactive compliance to His truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct that one becomes a viable and beneficial member within His family of king-priests. The English word ‘teach’ in Matthew 28:20 is translated from the Greek word ‘didasko’, which is a prolonged (causative) form of a primary verb ‘dao’ (to learn) or ‘to teach’ (in the same broad application). Didasko simply means to hold discourse with others in order to instruct them. Because Jesus gave an instruction to enroll students from every nation to be taught the truth and way of truth, it seems logical that, if these students are to be taught, there would be an organizational system and a curriculum in place to facilitate their education. This is exactly what we see within the early church. We see an educational system in place; whereby, a newly enrolled student is taught and guided through the educational process by the Holy Spirit and by more spiritually mature individuals within a community of students, student scholars, and stewards of truth and the way of truth. From the many references that identify the Father’s earthly family and nation of king-priests as students who are being taught the Father’s truth and way of truth, it is clearly important to understand what is to be taught and what a student’s responsibilities are while being taught.

What does the average person know about being a responsible student of the Father’s truth and way of truth before and after baptism? Sadly, in most cases not much. After baptism, few are taught what it actually means to be a responsible student or how to fulfill this aspect of one’s spiritual development. Most are left to determine this for themselves, which sometimes leads many away from the path of righteousness and down a path to leads to spiritual destruction, Phip.2:12 says to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling which is not the case today!

The Early Church

In order to gain a clear understanding of the importance of being a perpetual student of truth and a steward in the Father’s family, it is necessary to know something about how and why the early church was modeled after the structure of ancient Israel. The following are some of the things the Bible tells us about the organizational structure of national Israel, the Father’s holy nation of earthly children, and the reasons for their existence:

Ancient Israel

  • The organizational structure of national Israel in the wilderness and in the Promised Land was a theocracy. (Monotheism) One God, Isa.44:6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
  • Ancient Israel was to be a nation of holy people who were to present themselves as an example of God’s truth and way of truth to the nations of the world.
  • The organizational structure of Israel fractured and eventually disappeared after God granted their request for a king to govern them. (Polytheism) if the King was given God like status as in The Roman Empire Caesars, were to be worshiped, as well as their other Gods.

    The Early Church of Jesus Christ (He has been given all authority)

  • The organizational structure established by Christ for his holy nation of king-priests on earth is a theocracy. One God our LORD and His name is Jesus!
  • The Father’s children are a nation of holy people who are to present themselves as an example of his truth and way of truth and proclaim his good news message and his coming kingdom to the nations of the world. (Lev.11:44-45; Mt.28:19-20)
  • The organizational structure of the early church fractured and eventually disappeared when its members failed to continue in the “Faith Once Delivered” (Jude 1:1-25) we see why our Churches began to fail, for there were some that did not practice the truth, and teachings of the Apostles’.

Within both of these organizational structures, there were teachers, students, and stewards of God’s laws, precepts, and principles for the purpose of perpetuating the organizational structure and the perfecting of the knowledge, the understanding, and the practice of the truth and the way of truth among a holy people in order for them to carry out the purpose for their existence.

The Creator told the Israelites that He would teach them His statutes and judgments, so they could continue to live and to possess the land He would give them (See. Deut.4:1-5). He instructed them to diligently teach His ways to their children throughout their generations (See Deut.6:1-9). He taught them His civil law, His dietary law, and His law of worship, and He instructed them to observe His festivals in order to learn to have great respect for Him, (See Deut.14:21-24). He forewarned any future king of Israel that he must write a copy of the law and review it throughout his life, so he would learn to have great respect for God, (See Deut.17:1-20). The ancient Israelites were to be perpetual students of God’s truth and the way of truth as noted in many texts that speak of this learning process. In this respect, it is no different for the Father’s holy nation of king-priests today. The Father’s earthly children are also to be perpetual students and stewards of truth and the way of truth. Although there are similarities between the educational process of the physical nation of ancient Israel and the Father’s elect, which are a physical and a spiritual nation, there is a great difference between the educational goals set for ancient Israel and the Father’s elect children. The Father’s children are to learn both the letter and the spirit of His law, His plan for the salvation of humanity, and they are to proclaim His message to the world as a witness. Moreover, they are to learn what it means to be holy as He is holy and practice His truth and way of truth in order to become spiritually mature and enter His heavenly kingdom as immortal spirit-beings. The entire educational process for the Father’s family and nation of king-priests is to take place under the tutelage of their elder brothers (the apostles) in the Epistles, and Jesus who is also their Savior, High Priest, and head of the Father’s earthly family, Jn.15:20. Moreover, this educational process was established to function as a self-governing and self-perpetuating entity, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit how are we going to learn our Spiritual Fathers’ Truths, so that we can feed His sheep? All scripture is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, 2 Tm.3:16-17; 1 Pt.1:11;   2 Pt.1:21, Ro.8:9, when you have the Holy Spirit you have the Spirit of God, our Lord Jesus’ Spirit, for they are one in the same!

Feed My Sheep

In His account of the third time that Christ met with His disciples after His death and resurrection, John says that Christ asked Peter three times if he truly loved Him and that, if he did, he should feed His sheep (Jn.21:4-17). In this account, there are two Greek words translated into the English word ‘feed’. The first Greek word translated into the English word ‘feed’ in this account is ‘bosko’, which means to pasture. By extension, it means ‘to fodder’, or ‘to graze’. The second Greek word in this verse is ‘poimaino, which’ means ‘to tend as a shepherd’. The meanings of the two Greek words ‘bosko’ and ‘poimaino’ help to make the meaning of Christ’s allegorical instruction to Peter understandable. Peter was to shepherd those of the Father’s, our Lord Jesus’ family whom He had placed under the Apostles’ authority. This shepherding not only included care and protection as a diligent, caring, and conscientious shepherd, but also the feeding of spiritual nourishment to the Father’s children in order to facilitate their spiritual growth. Christ’s allegorical instruction for Peter to feed his sheep clearly shows the necessity for an educational system within the church to teach all elements of the Father’s truth and way of truth to His earthly children. Because the Father’s Holy family and nation of king-priests is a self-governing entity with an educational process that is to be self-perpetuating, all of its members must participate in the process or there will be doctrinal chaos, a lack of unity, a nebulous (not clear, distinct, or definite), concept of what the Father expects from each individual, and a general lack of spiritual power, which is exactly the condition that exists among the congregations and scattered members of the Father’s earthly family during this age.

Organizational Structure

According to the apostle Paul, the following was the basic organizational structure of the early church:“Now you are the body of Christ, and members in particular. And God has set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after those miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diversities of languages. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? Do all speak other languages? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. . .”       (1 Cor.12:27-31 KJV Para.).

In Ephesians, chapter four, Paul gives us more insight into the structure of the early church and clearly explains the purpose and work of the church and the reason for its educational system: “And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, makes increase of the body to the edifying of itself in love” (Eph.4:11-16 KJV).

The Foundation of the Church of the Living God is to glorify Him

Three of the primary reasons for this organizational structure are “The perfecting of the saints, the work of the ministry, and the building of the body of Christ (i.e., the Father’s earthly family).” None of these things can be accomplished in a major way without the teaching, the learning, and the practicing of the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and the rules of conduct for members of His family on an ongoing basis by students who clearly understand the goals of the educational process and the result of practicing what is learned through the Holy Spirit’s guidance. The apostle Paul clearly revealed to the Corinthians and Ephesians that, besides the other functions and responsibilities within the church, there were teachers of truth and the way of truth. Clearly, there would be no need for teachers if all members of the Father’s family knew everything that there was to know about the Father, the Savior, and the truth and the way of truth.

The Early Church and Today

Shortly after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we find a dynamic evangelizing church spreading The Father’s truth throughout the world. However, as dynamic as this church was, it virtually disappeared from history after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D… From 70 to 120 A.D., there was very little recorded about the Father’s true church. When historians began to write about the church again, they wrote of a dramatically different church from the one that embraced the teachings of Jesus Christ and the apostles. Today, we find churches that call themselves followers of Christ, yet the vast majority, do not even faintly resemble the early church. Why did the early church disappear? The simple truth is that those of the early church failed to continue to be diligent and responsible students and stewards of the Father’s truth and way of truth, and keep a fresh in filling of the Holy Spirit. For we all must worship in Spirit and in the Truth, Jn.4:24. This failure of the students and stewards caused the failure of the educational system, (Jgs.2:10), to be perpetuated within the early church, which has led to the continual fulfillment of the following prophecy: The prophet Hosea was inspired to record, My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall not serve Me as priest. Because you have forgotten your God’s law, I will also forget your children” (Hos.4:6 Para.).

Those who are called

The scriptures clearly shows that all who are a part of the Father’s earthly family of king-priests are being groomed for positions of leadership within His heavenly family; therefore, it should come as no surprise that an educational system was set in place in the early church to educate the Father’s children for their positions of ruler-ship and service in His heavenly kingdom. See Matt.5:1-48, chapter 6 and 7 continuously, etc., 19:27-30; 1 Cor.6:1-5; 2 Tim.2:12; 3:16-17; Rev. 2:26-29, 5:1-10; Rv.20:6.

Correcting the Educational processes

Why is there no common formal educational system set in place within all the congregations of the Father’s children to facilitate their education in his truth, his way of truth, and his rules of conduct for the members of his family? Could the reason be a lack of being taught individual and collective ownership of true discipleship and stewardship within the Father’s family?

Why is it important to be educated in the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct, and the philosophy behind this truth and these rules? It is important because this knowledge and understanding will help you understand how to fulfill your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s family and in your spiritual walk. The following are things a disciple and a steward of the truth should know, understand, and do:

  • Know the solutions to some of the spiritually life threatening situations that exist today.
  • Improve your chances to participate in the first resurrection and enter the Kingdom of God.
  • Become a more powerful and effective member of the Father’s royal family and holy nation.
  • Understand why doctrinal confusion and organizational disunity exists within the Father’s royal family.
  • Recognize your spiritual enemies and know how to deal with them through the Holy Spirit and to do all of Jesus’ teachings for he alone was and is the fulfillment of all the law and we are to hold Him as our example, Jn.14:6, 1 Jn.3:1-6 ff., for narrow is the path and strait is the gate, Mt.7:13-14; Mt.22:14; Lk.6:46 Why do we call Him LORD unless we are going to follow His teachings?

The apostle Paul also foretold a time when the Father’s earthly children would reject his truth and way of truth: “For the time will come when they [the elect] will not accept sound teaching . . . And they shall not pay attention to the truth, and shall turn it away, and shall be turned instead to fables” (2 Tim.4:3-4 Para.).

Many who fellow-shipped in the congregations of the early church would not accept sound teaching. They sought out teachers who would teach things that were pleasing to them and things that did not require their obedience to the Father’s laws, precepts, and principles. In order to deceive the gullible and the spiritually lazy, these teachers replaced truth with error and taught mysticism and other philosophies that appeal to human nature. The answers to the perplexing questions concerning the demise and disappearance of the early church are only answered in part by the warnings of Jesus and the apostles. Additional answers are found hidden in the prophecy of Zechariah. Matthew, Mark, and John all record Jesus quoting Zechariah’s prophecy, which foretold the scattering of Jesus’ disciples after his death:

“All you shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd and the sheep shall be scattered abroad” (Matt.26:31 KJV). See also Mk.14:27; Jn.16:32.

This is an extremely important prophecy because the rest of the prophecy, which Jesus did not quote, allows us to understand why the apostolic church ceased to function and exist as a powerful entity:

“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd [Jesus], and against the man that is my fellow, says the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep [the disciples] shall be scattered: and I will turn my hand upon [against] the little ones [the Father’s elect children] (Zech.13:7 KJV).

The ‘little ones’ mentioned here are the Father’s elect, which are noted in many scriptures as being ‘little ones” (See Matt.8:12, 18:3-10, 19:13-14; Mk.9:42). Why would the Lord of hosts turn against the ‘little ones’? And why did Jesus omit this portion of the prophecy? We see that the Jewish people were and still are blinded from the truths; this is due to the Lord trying to make them jealous, of the new covenant by a people that are not called by my name meaning the gentiles, Gen.12:3, but all will be revealed to them in the Latter Days. For this reason many of the doctrines, were changed due to them, as well as others, coming into the church, as well as the deceiver himself using people with prideful hearts and not a love for their brethren, in which those that lack the Holy Spirit, are allowed to teach in churches of today. Titus 1:1-*12*-16

The reason for the rejection of the ‘little ones’ is that they would reject the “Faith Once Delivered” and cease to be zealous students and stewards of truth, Rv.3:14-22. The reason that Jesus did not quote the rest of Zechariah’s prophecy, is because it was a different prophecy, which would be fulfilled at a different time. Zechariah’s prophecy begins its fulfillment during the apostolic church age and will continue until shortly before Christ’s return. Along with the demise and disappearance of the early church and its central governing structure, its educational system is also fractured and splintered into the haphazard system we see today. During the centuries that followed the early churches’ demise, individuals and congregations were influenced by many counterfeits of the Father’s truth and way of truth. Moreover, much of what is taught as truth today is false and was not taught or practiced by the early church.

What happened to one of our first commandments by Jesus: Matt.28:19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Do you know that name? What is the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit for these are titles! Ac.4:12, 2:38-38 so that we can come out from among the heathens and the works of the flesh, 2 Cor.6:17-18. Jesus said I come in the name of my father and I will have the Holy Spirit, which is called the comforter that is called in my name! Jesus is that name of all names manifested in the flesh, 1 Tm.3:16; our Immanuel, God with us! Is 40:3The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

One of the aspects and beliefs of the pseudo-Christianity that is pervasive within congregations of the Father’s children is that disciples and stewards are people that have been baptized, received the Holy Spirit, financially support the church, and assemble with others of like mind, fellowship with them, and listen to sermons. One individual aptly sums up the basic philosophy taught within many congregations of the Father’s children during this age in the following four words: pray, pay, stay, and obey. Although many see nothing wrong with this philosophy, it is not what Christ meant when he said, “Go and enroll students in all the nations.” The biblical definition of what it means to be a student of truth and a steward within the Sovereign Father’s earthly family of king-priests is much more than what has been commonly taught for decades within the various congregations of the Father’s elect. The reason for a lack of the vital knowledge and understanding of the meaning of discipleship and stewardship is that the educational system of the early church has been replaced with that of false Christianity and its concept of discipleship and stewardship. The only way for the true meaning of discipleship and stewardship to be reestablished within the Father’s earthly family is to institute the biblically based educational and organizational system of the early church along with all of the laws that governed this system.

Knowledge and Understanding

You are not given perfect knowledge and understanding of the Father’s laws, precepts, and principles and the mysteries that are hidden within the Bible at the instant you receive the Holy Spirit. You must be educated in the things of the spirit, and this educational process takes time and effort. This is one of the reasons that the apostle Paul instructed the evangelist Timothy to “Earnestly study to show yourself approved to God a worker unashamed” (2 Tim.2:15 Para.). See also 1 Thes.4:10-12; 2 Pet.3:13-18. One who is newly adopted into the Father’s family is not expected to immediately know and understand everything contained within the Bible. Moreover, you are not expected to know everything about the Father, our Lord Jesus, during this lifetime. However, it is the Father’s will that we grow in spiritual knowledge and understanding in order for us to fulfill the goals He has for us individually and collectively. Did the early church study what is commonly called the New Testament today? The answer is no. They did not have these writings in the format in which we have them today. The early church studied the law and the prophets and the writings set forth prior to the advent of Christ, as well as the writings of the apostles as they were made available to them. See Acts 1:20, 7:42, 15:13-31, 24:14, 28:23; 2 Tim.3:13-17.

We must be Reading the whole Bible Yearly and study it daily!

You must diligently study the entire Bible if you are to have a depth of knowledge and understanding about the Sovereign Father and our Savior; the Father’s plan of salvation for humanity, what it means to be a student of truth and the way of truth, what it means to be a steward in the Father’s family, and how to gain his approval as a steward in His earthly family. King Solomon, to whom God gave great knowledge and wisdom, gave the following advice to a righteous person: “The heart of him that has understanding seeks knowledge: but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness” (Pro.15:14 KJV). “The heart of the righteous studies how to answer: but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things” (Pro.15:28 KJV). “The heart of the prudent gets knowledge; and the ear of the wise seek knowledge” (Pro.18:15 KJV). See also Pro.4:5-7, 16:16; Psa.119:103-105. Solomon’s observations on this subject are worthy of careful consideration because of the current doctrinal chaos and lack of unity within the Father’s family. Solomon also gave the following advice about trusting one’s own intellect in spiritual matters: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil” (Pro.3:5-7 Para.). If we rely on our own intellect to provide knowledge and understanding into the Father’s truth and way of truth and His hidden mysteries, we will fail miserably. The prophet Isaiah recorded this about the great difference between God’s thoughts and ways and ours: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa.55:8-9 Para.). This is the reason why we are hopelessly lost without the help of the Holy Spirit. Even though we are of the new creation, our thoughts and ways are not always in harmony with our Heavenly Father’s simply because we are still subject to the human perspective and thought process. Our Father’s thoughts are from His perspective; therefore, His thoughts are so far above our own that we cannot begin to comprehend the difference until we begin to think like Him.

How are we to overcome the obstacle of our human perspective and thought process in order to think like the Father, live in harmony with His ways, and fulfill our functions and responsibilities within His earthly family? In order to do this, we must diligently seek to be educated in His thoughts and His ways and practice them to the best of our ability (Heb.5:14; 11:6; Is.28:9-13, who are lead by the Holy Spirit into all truths, 1 Jn.2:23-29 through 3:1-24 for Love covers a multitude of sins, 1 Pt.4:8, Jm.5:19-20; Pv.10:12!). Only then will we begin to know what and how He thinks, the greatness of His plan for us and humanity, and how to become a responsible and profitable steward in His family. As our Lord in His life time on this earth humbled Himself to be every man’s servant so must we all come to the understanding to put others needs before our own! Seek the lost and save his eternal soul from the adversary (Satan)! To teach our brethren how to operate in the Holy Spirit so he can defend himself; from the carnality of this world and this flesh that we are now trapped in; until the translation comes from on High!

We need to take Personal Responsibility for our Education!

The apostle Peter gave this important instruction to those who are to learn and practice truth and the way of truth: Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Pet.2:1-3 NIV). Just as a mother’s milk gives an infant certain protection from disease and sustains its rapid development during its first few months of life, pure spiritual nourishment helps a child of God grow in God’s truth and way of truth. Moreover, pure spiritual milk not only nourishes and sustains you in the early stages of your spiritual development but also helps you to grow into and maintain spiritual maturity. This Spiritual milk is maintained by one distinct manor, meditation, prayer, and fasting!

Add These Things to Your Daily Walk

After the apostle Peter’s greeting in his second letter, he said this about things that must be added to one’s spiritual make-up: “Diligently add to your faith virtue; to virtue knowledge; to knowledge temperance; to temperance patience; to patience godliness; to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things are in you, and abound, they make you that you shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Pet.1:5-8). You cannot add to what you do not already possess. You cannot come to understand the essence of these godly attributes if they are not clearly explained to you. Of all of the causes of doctrinal chaos and lack of unity among the congregations and scattered members of the Father’s earthly family during this age, the single most damaging is the lack of a clearly defined and structured educational system to guide a newly adopted son from spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity. A major cause of a dysfunctional educational system within the scattered congregations of the elect is that many who lead the Father’s children are not seeking to improve their spiritual knowledge, add to it, or perfect the basic truths that they currently understand. Because these spiritual leaders hesitate to venture into areas of study that are challenging or uncomfortable and do not attempt to broaden their knowledge of the things of God, most of those they teach and serve also stand still in their spiritual growth. They just hold on to what they have and do not add to or perfect their spiritual knowledge. Going over and over the same basic knowledge that one has already learned does have its advantages. However, if this is all that is taught, it does little to expand one’s knowledge of the Father’s truth and way of truth and limits growth in the grace and the knowledge of the Father and the Son (the humanity of the Father as He revealed Himself to humanity that He alone created, Jn.1:1-14; Is.40:3; Jn.1:23 this is that God in Is.40:3).

Regardless of whether or not one has the opportunity to be taught by a knowledgeable Holy Spirit-filled teacher within the Father’s earthly family, each person is personally responsible to extend the boundaries of their spiritual education in order to grow in spiritual maturity and to equip themselves to fully carry out their personal responsibilities and functions within the Father’s extended family. In many of Paul’s letters, he spoke of the necessity for a person to become educated in the things pertaining to one’s calling. To the Colossians and Philippians he said the following:

“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That you might walk worthy of the Lord to all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Col.1:9-10 KJV). And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;

  That you may approve things that are excellent; that you may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ” (Phil.1:9-10 KJV), and Phil.2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. For we will give an account for how we spent His time that He gave us on this earth that He made for us, Mt.12:36-37 for not all that say Lord, Lord will enter into His kingdom: Mt.7:16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. 21Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: The only thing that separates those who go to heaven and those who do not is, they who are filled with the Holy Spirit and those who do not go to heaven, Ro.8:9. It is by abiding in His every Word, those who hear and obey; the doers of His Word! Either we keep to His word or fail most miserable to hell forever!

Notice that all of the godly qualities and knowledge that Peter and Paul mention must be learned, some of which take more effort to learn than others. The only way that a person can follow these instructions of Peter and Paul is to be a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of the Father’s truth and way of truth, which are Holy Spirit filled and have been re-birthed with His heart of Love for all mankind, with man this is impossible but with the Holy Spirit all things then become possible! Notice also that some of the reasons for being educated in these things are to have the intellectual tools to help you live and perfect a righteous lifestyle and be able to perform good works of the Holy Spirit.

Putting God first is the First and Only Fundamental Issue!

The fundamental issue that each person who is called to salvation during this age must come to grips with is whether or not to perform the Father’s will in their life to the best of their ability and put forth a diligent effort to hold in check the old nature. When all is said and done, the tests and trials of this life are over, and you stand before the Jesus to be judged for what you have done with the opportunity that you were given, the fundamental issue that will determine whether or not you are granted immortal life along with rewards and positions of authority in the Kingdom of God will be how you have performed the Father’s will during your physical life, Mt.12:30, Mk.8:35. What does knowing the Father’s will and performing it have to do with discipleship and stewardship? It has everything to do with being a student of truth and a steward of your functions and responsibilities in the Father’s earthly family, because you cannot adequately fulfill either without knowing the Father’s will for your life. Lk.2:49 at 12 Jesus knew what He was to be doing!

The Holy Spirit will show you Jesus’ will

Jesus said that He came to do the will of His heavenly Father and to be an example of how to please Him. If you want to know and understand the Father’s will and how to please Him, you must first look to the Father’s teachings through Christ and the apostles, Jn.15:20:

“All who listen to my instructions and follow them are wise, like a man who builds his house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents, and the floods rise and the storm winds beat against his house, it won’t collapse, for it is built on a rock. But those who hear my instructions and ignore them are foolish, like a man who builds his house on the sand. For when the rains and floods come, and storm winds beat against his house, it will fall with a mighty crash” (Matt.7:24-27 LBP). See also 1 Jn.2:5-6; Phil.2:5; 1 Tim.6:17-19; 2 Pet.3:18.

“I, of myself can do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of the Father who has sent me” (Jn.5:30 KJV Para.). See also Jn.6:38; 62-63; 65 & 68; 12:45; Mt.11:25-30: We must take His yoke upon us it is his commandment, Amos.3:3; Mal.3:6; Heb.13:8; Mt.24:35.

The scriptures clearly show that the Father’s will (i.e., his purpose) for His earthly children is no secret, and it can and must be known and understood if one is to grow toward spiritual maturity. How do you determine and understand the Father’s will well enough to be able to set the correct course throughout your life, and how do you gain the knowledge and understanding to make correct spiritual decisions? Ancient Israel relied on the priests and the prophets to reveal God’s will to them, but during this age, there is no central authority on earth governing and clearly and concisely teaching the Sovereign Father’s truth to His family of king-priests who are scattered throughout the nations. Because of this current situation, you must rely on the written word of God and the guidance from the Holy Spirit to reveal the Father’s will to you. See Jn.14:26; 15:26; 16:12-15; 20:28; then they believed!

Be wise as well as Diligent!

The apostle Paul cautioned the Ephesians’, “Do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph.5:17 Para.). How important is it to know, understand, and do the Father’s will in your life? Knowing, understanding, and doing the Father’s will is important to being a productive and beneficial member and citizen within the Father’s earthly family and holy nation of king-priests. The apostle Paul said to the Ephesians concerning doing the Father’s will, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received” (Eph.4:1-3 NIV). See also Col.1:1-17; Also Mt.12:48-50; 1 Thes.2:12; 2 Thes.1:11-12; Rev.3:4-6. To know, understand, and do the Father’s will is vitally important to your salvation; because, if you  do not do what you know and understand to be the Father’s will for your life, you are not truly a member of the Father’s family in truth and spirit, you are no more than a hypocrite, Mt.23:1-39. Concerning His Father’s will, Jesus said, “Whoever does the will of God, that person is my brother, and my sister, and mother” (Mk.3:35 KJV; Mt.12:48-50). The following warning of Jesus’ clearly shows the result of not knowing, understanding, and doing the Father’s will in your life to the best your ability: “Not everyone that says to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that does the will of the Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, and in your name cast out devils and in your name done many wonderful works? But, I will say to them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work lawlessness” (Matt.7:21-23 KJV Para. See also Lk.6:46 etc. Mt.10:28). See also Rom.12:1-16 for true believers walking in the Spirit: To see the proper way to follow the Lords will. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Look also to Rom.2:1-29 for Love is the fulfillment of the Law, Ro.13:8! Without Love for God first and our brother second we are nothing yet still!

These are two different types of people who sincerely thought they were living in obedience to God and were worthy of eternal life, (Mt.25:1-13). However, the path that they chose is actually in opposition to God’s way of life. Although these people have done great works, they have missed the mark and their efforts have been in vain, because they have been practicing lawlessness. They have either never been on the path of righteousness or they have veered off of it and onto a path that has led them away from God, Pr.4:27; Deu.5:32-33; 17:20; 28:14; Josh.1:7; 23:6; Rev.22:18-19, means the same thing go not to the right hand or the left do not add to this word or take away from it, Deu.4:2! From the Old Testament to the New we find the Lord stays the same, Heb.13:8; Mal.3:6! Because it is the Father’s will that we live in harmony with His laws, it should be obvious that to avoid the violation of these laws you must first be educated in what is lawful and what is not. This is one of the reasons the educational system was instituted within the Father’s earthly family and one of the reasons that you must be a perpetual student of truth. Whenever you see a word with eth on the end of it, it means to keep doing it continuously forever, very much as our words ending with ing, present tense of do as in doing in I am, first person singular, but doeth means continually I am doing which makes a disciple and a good steward unto the Lord!

Jesus said that only those who do the Father’s will, can be granted entry into his Father’s heavenly realm, family, and kingdom. Therefore, it is essential to know what the Father’s will is and how to perform it in regard to being a student of His truth and a steward of the functions and responsibilities that He has assigned you as a member of His earthly family. You must be doing the Father’s will to the extent of your understanding of His will; otherwise, you are a worker of lawlessness, which is rebellion against His will. Anyone in rebellion against God will have their life terminated in the Lake of Fire. Mt.12:31-32. This is the second death from which there is no return. In the end of this age, there will be many of the Father’s children who truly know the Father’s will concerning their lives, but for some reason they will refuse to do what they know they should do. To these unfaithful servants Jesus gives the following warning: 46The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.  47And that servant, who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself, and did not perform according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes” (Lk.12:46-47 Para.). These are individuals who talk the talk of righteousness, but do not walk the walk of a truly righteous person, who should be interested in learning the truth and the way of truth in order to practice it. When the warnings in Matthew 7:21-23 and Luke 12:47 are viewed in the context of being a student of the Father’s truth and way of truth, your stewardship, your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s family, and the punishment of the six churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation, the seriousness of knowing, understanding, and performing the Father’s will to the best of your ability should motivate you to action. See Revelation, chapters 2 and 3 we must be overcomers of this flesh and this world of ours, we must take back dominion over Satan and the forces of evil.

God’s Will Can Be Known and Done Through the Holy Spirit

If we do not know the Father’s will, we cannot be expected to do what He wants us to do; therefore, He gives us an understanding of His will. Moreover, it does not take much study into the Bible to know and understand what He wants us to do with our life here on earth. Just as the ancient Israelites could come to know and understand the Creator’s Will: God’s will through the study of His written word, the Father’s earthly children can also know and understand His will in this way too. Although the Sovereign Father has intentionally hidden much of His awesome purpose from most people, His will for His earthly children is made known to them if they make a diligent effort to search for it.  The apostle Paul said the following about your ability to know and understand what the Father’s will is for you: “See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore, you do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph.5:15-17 Para.) See also Col.1:7-10; Phil.2:12.

“Therefore, don’t you be conformed to this world: but you are transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you can prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom.12:2 KJV Para.). See also Dan.12:4, 10; Eph.1:9-11; 1 Pet.1:12-17; 1 Jn.2:15-17.

Yes; the Father’s will can be known and understood by those whom He has called to salvation, because knowing and understanding His will is a part of one’s calling, 2 Tm.2:15. Each person whom the Father has called to salvation during this age must know and prove what His will is for their life. Concerning God’s will, King David said, “Teach me to do your will; for you are my God: Your spirit is good; lead me into the land of righteousness” (Psa.143:10 KJV).  David understood that he had to be taught to do God’s will, and that he had to be led by the Creator God      (**the teacher** Jn.14:26 refer to verses 16 and 17 of chapter 14 as well for it will be the Spirit of Jesus that will come to you, 1 Pt.1:11 and 2 Pt.1:21 and Ro.8:9 for it is one in the same Spirit, Heb.3:4-12; 1 Tm.3:16!). In order to know how to be righteous we must know who God is in order to worship in truth! In order to be mentally equipped to serve and please the Father, you must be a diligent student of His truth and way of truth so that you will know what He expects of us and how to accomplish what is expected. Because knowing and understanding the Father’s will is vitally important to those He calls to salvation, He has provided two easily understood methods through which His children can receive help to gain this knowledge and understanding. These two methods are communicating with Him and studying and meditating on His truth and way of truth that is contained in the Bible, Mal.3:6 & 16-18. Who pray and meditate on His Word and keep it to their hearts and to the brethren for edification of His church that He purchased with the Blood of God, Ac.20:28!

But He That Does Not Believe

Mark records the following much overlooked and misunderstood warning given by Christ along with the instruction to proclaim the Gospel and enroll students in the truth and way of truth: “You go into the entire world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that has faith and is baptized shall be saved; but he that does not believe shall be damned” (Mk.16:15-16 Para). Many view this warning as meant only for those who dismiss the good news message when they hear it. Although there is much truth to this viewpoint, there is a serious warning here for those who initially have faith in the message, accept the opportunity of salvation, receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and then do not follow through with their commitment to the Father, Mt.10:32-42; 16:(23)-24-27; Mt.12:30. Being a member of the Father’s family and a pupil of Christ is much more than just simple belief. True belief includes a lifetime commitment to fulfilling the functions and responsibilities of your calling. A major part of this commitment is becoming conversant with the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for members of His family and then diligently performing your responsibility as a member of the Father’s earthly family.

Being a Dedicated and Responsible Student: Being a Follower of Christ

Being a follower of Christ and a student of truth go far beyond a profession of faith, asking forgiveness of your sins, being immersed in water in Jesus name Ac.2:38-40 by reason of Ac.4:12; 10:36 for He alone is LORD of ALL both Lord and Christ, Ac.2:36, and receiving the Holy Spirit by reason of Ac.2:39. These things are just the prerequisites to becoming a follower of Christ and a student of truth as a member of the Father’s earthly family. Being a follower of Christ and a student of truth does not stop at baptism and the infilling of the Holy Spirit; this is just the starting point. A new born Spiritual Child of Christ! Receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and being adopted into the Father’s earthly family is only the beginning of a journey through life that will bring you to the point of spiritual perfection and being transformed into an immortal spirit-being in the Father’s Heavenly Kingdom and Family. Beyond the point of adoption into the Father’s family, are the ongoing process of spiritual growth and the fulfilling of your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s earthly family. See Rom.12:1-2; 2 Tim.2:15-26; 2 Pet.3:17-18; Jm.5:19Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Being a Good and Useful Servant

There seem to be at least three phases of being a student of truth that must operate concurrently throughout one’s physical life.

  • The first phase is the beginning of one’s tenure as a student in which the Father’s foundational laws, precepts, and principles are being learned and put into practice.
  • The second phase is that of an apprentice student whose task is to put into practice and perfect what is being learned through practical application over time.
  • The third phase seems to be that of a student teacher who is still learning, but is able to educate others in what they have learned. So that their pupils will end up carrying on in the same like manor as the teacher; training others as well, to do the same, over and over till the Lord cometh!

Christ Pleased His Father

Matthew records that, when Jesus was baptized, a voice from the sky said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am, well pleased” (Matt.3:17) and at the mount of transfiguration, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am, well pleased; you listen to him” (Matt.17:5). The apostle John records the following single most important reason that the Sovereign Father which is the Holy Spirit, Jn.4:24, was pleased with his earthly son: While teaching in the temple treasury Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you shall know that I am He, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father has taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father has not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him (Jn.8:28-29 KJV). For I and the Father are One, Jn.10:30!

Why was the Father pleased with his son? Because The Father was in Jesus and Jesus was in the Father for they are one, 1 Tm.3:16. It was because His son lived in harmony with His laws, precepts, and principles and did the things that were expected of Him as a Son (Adopted from the tribe of Judah from the lineage of King David clear back to Adam and Eve, God-Man Jesus The Lord’s anointed the Holy One, Son meaning Flesh of God, for there is but one good, which is my Father which is in heaven, for the flesh profiteth nothing it is the Spirit that quickeneth, Jn.6:63 God came in the flesh, (1 Tm.3:16), to provide Salvation, Ac.20:28!). Clearly, it is impossible to please the Father unless you live in harmony with His truth and His way of truth and perform the functions and responsibilities that He has called you to perform. However, it is impossible for you to do what He expects if you do not know and understand His laws, precepts, and principles. This is the reason that one of the functions of the Holy Spirit is that of a teacher of truth (Jn.14:*18*; 25-26; 15:1-26; 16:12-15). It is also the reason why one of the more important functions and responsibilities in the Father’s earthly family is that of a teacher and an instructor in the Father’s truth and way of truth (1 Cor.12:28-31; 2 Cor.5:1-21 for He hath given us a message and a teaching of reconciliation of the lost world!). If we also want the Father to be pleased with us, we must also do the things that please Him. We must not only learn His laws, precepts, and principles but also perfect them in our life and perform the functions and responsibilities of our calling. If you are serious about pleasing the Father and moving forward in your spiritual life, you must be a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of the Father’s truth and way of truth. Being a willing, dedicated, and responsible student is much more than just acquiring knowledge for the sake of knowledge alone. Having perception and being aware of the meaning of a fact, an event, or a set of circumstances is something very different from understanding (the doing of them), we must have discernment of good and evil, 1 Cor.10:23, & 32-33; Ro.6:1-23. Academic knowledge of the Bible is important, but understanding the meaning of this knowledge is much more important. We also must learn to let the Holy Spirit have first priority in our services as we allow Him space to move and the freedom to follow His leading in the services! In his second letter to Timothy, Paul speaks of individuals who have a form of godliness but are far from being godly. Paul said that these individuals are continually acquiring knowledge but are never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2 Tim.3:1-10). The point is that knowledge for knowledge’s sake alone is not profitable to one seeking to gain spiritual insight into the Father’s mind-set. In his letter to the elect at Rome, the apostle Paul urged them to present themselves as a living sacrifice acceptable to God, which was for them a logical act of worship, Ro.12;1-21. He also urged them not to copy the lifestyles of their time but to be transformed by the renovation of their mind in order for them to prove the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God (Rom.12:1-21; Ac.17:11). The only way that Paul’s instructions to the elect at Rome can be followed is through putting forth the time and effort in thoughtful study of the Father’s truth and way of truth and asking the Father to grant you understanding of His truth in order to serve Him and be the kind of person He wants you to be, Jn.15:1-12.

Grow in Grace, Knowledge, and Love!

In the apostle Peter’s opening and closing statements of his second letter, he makes the following statement concerning grace and knowledge: “Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Pet.1:2). At the end of this letter, Peter gives the following instruction: “But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. . .” (2 Pet.3:18). There are a number of fundamental concepts in what Peter said in the beginning and ending and throughout his letter to us; that are extremely important to being a dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of truth and the way of truth. In order to gain a partial understanding of why Peter spoke of grace and knowledge in verses 2 and 18 and what it means to our responsibility as a student of truth and the way of truth, we need to examine the meanings of some of the Greek words in Peter’s greeting and His instruction at the end of his letter. The English word ‘grace’ in verses 2 and 18 is translated from the Greek word ‘charis’, which can mean ‘that which affords joy’, ‘pleasure’, ‘delight’, ‘sweetness’, ‘charm’, ‘loveliness’, ‘grace of speech’, ‘good-will’, ‘loving-kindness’, ‘favor’, and ‘what is due to grace’. This word can also mean the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine influence, divine influence upon the heart, the reflection of divine influence in one’s life, and a token or a proof of grace (the Father’s favour as He alone pours out His love on His Elect! Jn.1:16: This is what we need to start working for in our lives as we seek to enrich others in His Grace!). A key to understanding the meaning of ‘charis’ in verse 2 and 18 is that, in verse 2, ‘charis’ is to be ‘plethuno’ (i.e., multiplied) and in verse 18 ‘charis’ is to be ‘auzano’ (increased). In both verses, ‘charis’ is to be enlarged through knowledge and insight into the Father and Christ which we see are one in verse 2 of 2 Pt.1 where Peter says God of us and Saviour Jesus Christ! Regardless of the nuance of its usage in the scriptures, all ‘charis’ (all grace) that is bestowed upon us or becomes a part of our character has its origin with our Heavenly Father, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. See 2 Jn.5:20; Rom.1:7-10 by prayer making our request be known; 1 Cor.1:1-8; 1 Tim.1:2; Tit.1:4 & 2:10-15.

The primary purpose for the educational system within the Father’s family is to teach His children His truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct that we must practice in order to acquire the attitude, behavior, and character that He the Son of Man has, Jn.3:8-13. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that Peter would open and close his letter of encouragement and warnings with the instruction to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In a conversation with the Pharisees Jesus said, “You neither know me, nor my Father: if you had known me, you should have also known my Father” (Jn.8:13-19 Look also to 12:45!). And in a conversation with His disciples about His going back to His Heavenly Father and His death and resurrection, Jesus explained to them that, if they would have had an intimate knowledge of Him, they would have known what the Father was like, because He was a reflection of His Father because they are one in the same. See John 14:1-11. It is through having an intimate knowledge and understanding of Christ’s attitude, behavior, character, and teachings that we are able to know what the Farther is like, because Christ is a reflection of His Heavenly Father the invisible Holy Spirit, Jn.4:24 Jesus has always been the manifestation of God to man, Jn.16:27-28 key into the word and again I go to the Father, Jesus is the Lamb slain before the first Let there be, before the foundations of time!. Therefore, it seems that the apostle Peter used the word charis to indicate the increase of divine influence that should be reflected in our life. The increase of a godly attitude, behavior, and character in your life are the results of allowing the Father our Lord and Savior, which is the Holy Spirit to influence your life in the revelation of Jesus Christ and what it means to be His Servant, Jn.15:10-20 to keep His words to become friends of Jesus as the Apostles were! It is also evident that, in order to become more like our Father and our Savior, we must cultivate these godly qualities to increase them in our lives. An important point to note is that Peter says grace must be multiplied and increased through the knowledge of the Father and Jesus our Lord (verses 2 and 18). This is important because it reinforces the necessity to be a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student in order to learn and practice the attitude, behavior, and character of the Father and Christ, Jn.17:1-26 that we may be one as they (duel in nature but singular in person, the Holy Spirit made flesh All the fulness of the Godhead in the seed of Mary, Mt.1:23 God with us the Immanuel, Gen.3:15; 12:3!) are one in the same!

Have the Mind of Christ

In his letter to the Philippians, the apostle Paul said in reference to their attitude and behavior during their journey through the experience of life, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ” (Phil.2:5). How can you think like Christ if you do not have an intimate knowledge of His life and His teachings and His Spirit dwelling in you? The answer is that you cannot. Foremost in the minds of the apostles was the need for their brothers and sisters in the faith to have spiritual knowledge and a clear understanding of the necessity to become a spiritually mature member of the Father’s family in order for them to fulfill His purpose for calling them to salvation during that age. Almost the totality of the writings of the apostles are centered around encouraging and urging their brothers and sisters in the faith to become educated in the things that will help them conform to and practice a holy lifestyle while developing a godly attitude, behavior, and character though acquiring godly knowledge and understanding. In holiness and in righteousness in trying to be as the Father is perfect, Gen.17:1; Num.23:19God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?: Mal.3:6For I am the LORD, I change not; Mt.24:35; Heb.13:8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. We should maintain the highest standards of professing a perfect relationship with our Lord and Savior, so that we may not lose our witness to proclaim the good news of salvation of Jesus, and that He is still on the thrown of Glory, and in control of all things. Mt.5:48 Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. 1 Jn.3:1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 10In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 11For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.  18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. To the end of chapter 3; 19And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. 20For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 23And this is his commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

Ro.4:6-8; Ps.32:2 because we establish the Law by keeping it in faith walking in truth, Ro.3:1-31!

Spiritual Growth Through Education

Over the centuries, the many tools that the Father has provided to facilitate spiritual growth within His family have mostly fallen into disuse by the majority of His elect. There are over twenty-one separate authorizations and responsibilities given through the Holy Spirit by God the Father and administered to His earthly children through Jesus Christ for the edification of the Father’s family and the performance of its work. See Rom.12:1-21; 1 Cor.12:1-14, 27-30; Eph.4:1-16.

A lack of a true understanding of what it means to be a student of truth and a steward within the Father’s earthly family has made it virtually impossible for the gifts of the spirit to be accessed or used in a major way within the Father’s family. This lack of understanding has resulted in doctrinal chaos, the lack of unity, and the general lack of spiritual power that exists among the congregations and scattered members of the Father’s family during this age. The lack of unity and the lack of seeking His face all day every day! In order to eliminate this doctrinal chaos, lack of unity, and lack of spiritual power, each member of the Father’s family must truly come to understand their responsibility to be a student of truth and a steward of their function and responsibility within the Father’s family. There is no excuse for one whom the Father has called to salvation to not fulfill their obligation and opportunity to become educated in the discipline of holiness, successfully live a righteous lifestyle, and to obtain immortality. The apostle Peter says the following to all who have been called to salvation: “Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the favor that is brought to you by the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, do not pattern yourselves after the ignorance of your former desires. But as he who has called you is holy, so you be holy in all manner of behavior; Because it is written, You be holy; because I am holy” (1 Pet.1:13-16 Para.). From Old Testament God’s word changes not; Lev.11:44-45, we are called to be Priestly nation called out unto all righteousness and holiness without which no man will enter into His Kingdom, Heb.12:1-29 for it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God for He is a consuming fire! Is.49:6; Ex.19:4-6; 1 Pt.2:1-12 a people called out by our God, the Elect of this world, waiting for our mansions on high, Jn.14:1-3!

The Enabling Power of the Holy Spirit

The instruction is clear. Those who are members of the Father’s family must be holy as He is holy. The only way you can be holy as He is holy and practice a holy lifestyle is to first know and understand what it means to be holy. In order to acquire this spiritual knowledge and understanding, you must be a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of the Father’s truth and way of truth. In this age, there are many books one can use in order to gain an academic knowledge of what is written in the Bible. However, understanding the meaning of what is written in the Bible for the Father’s children can only be acquired through the gifts of the Holy Spirit and the exercise of Grace in the teaching function of Faith in the Holy Spirit. One of the gifts of the Spirit that each person is provided at the moment they receive the Father’s Holy Spirit is a sound mind: “God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Tim.1:7 KJV), So we must learn to use it correctly! A person with a sound mind is able to learn and understand the things that are being taught to them through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Father would not have called you to salvation if He had not had confidence that you would be able to succeed when given the tools for success. Each person who receives the Holy Spirit also receives the tools with which to be successful. Therefore, success is assured if these tools are used for their intended purpose.

The Power of the Holy Spirit

A short review of Jesus’ and the apostles’ teachings show that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is capable of imparting knowledge, discernment, wisdom, and understanding to the Father’s elect children. However, if you rarely study and meditate on God’s word or rarely communicate with the Father through prayer, these attributes that are necessary to fulfill your calling cannot be acquired and their benefits cannot be realized. Before his death and resurrection, Jesus told his closest students and companions these things about the Spirit of truth that would come to teach them: “But when the Father sends the Comforter–and by the Comforter I mean the Holy Spirit (the paraklētos, means helper) –He [it] will teach you much, as well as remind you of everything I myself have told you” (Jn.14:26 LBP). “I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when the Spirit of truth, is come, it will guide you into all truth: for it shall not speak of Itself; but whatever It shall hear, that shall It speak;” (Jn.16:12-13 KJV Para.). See also 1 Cor.2:1-16,               1 Pet.1:11-12; 2 Pt.1:21;  2 Tm.3:16-17.

Why would Christ’s followers need to be taught something more than what He taught them while He was with them? The answer is that they needed to know and understand more in order to have the knowledge and understanding to be able to perfect a godly attitude, behavior, and character, and to have the spiritual resources to be able to fulfill their calling and purpose for existence. The importance of being taught the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct, and the practice of these things within His family should be self-evident; by the leading of scripture and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Without being instructed in these things and gaining insight into the attitude, behavior, and character of our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus, no progress can be made toward the goal of spiritual perfection and maturity. Moreover, these things must be learned and internalized in order for the truth, the way of truth, our Heavenly Father, and our Savior to be represented correctly in our lives and to other people. The Holy Spirit is our teacher and reminder of the things He taught as Christ while He was here on earth, as well as the things He taught as God. 2 Cor.5:17-21: Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

As the teaching function of the Holy Spirit is accessed and exercised, it conveys knowledge and understanding of the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and the attitude, behavior, and characteristics that He and His first-born son (the begotten God, Jn.1:18) have as a part of His being. Paul also confirms that the Father’s Holy Spirit has the power to transfer spiritual knowledge to his earthly children: “It has been written, ‘Eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,’ nor has it risen up in the heart of man, ‘the things which God has prepared for those that love Him. But God revealed them to us by His Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the things of a man, except the Spirit of man within him? So also no one has known the things of God except the Spirit of God” (1 Cor.2:9-11 Para. Because God is a Spirit, Jn.4:24 now immortal flesh, 1 Tm.3:16!). Notice that this transfer of knowledge and understanding is possible because each of the elect has been given the Father’s Holy Spirit and the essence of Christ’s mind as a part of their mental make-up. Now we have not received the Spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; so that we can know the things that are freely given to us from God. Which things we also speak, that are not the words that man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Spirit teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. However, the natural man does not receive the things of God’s Spirit; because, to the natural man they are foolishness. Neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual can discerns all things, yet he himself cannot be understood by the natural man. Moreover, who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ (1 Cor.2:12-16 Para.). Clearly, the Father and Christ speak to us through the Bible and the Holy Spirit that resides within us; therefore, we should diligently study the Bible and ask for spiritual enlightenment so that we can know and understand the Father’s will in order to do what pleases him. It should be the goal of each individual to become conversant in the truth and way of truth in order to understand the deep meanings of the mysteries of God, to have a strong spiritual foundation, to know and understand our functions and responsibilities within the Father’s family, and to be able to explain our hope of salvation to others. Why? Because this is what we are instructed to do as a member of the Father’s family in order to fulfill the purpose of our calling. 2 Cor.5:12 we must diligently know this word and what is really being said by our Lord as to correct wrong exegesis, (translations) of his scriptures! 1 Tm.4:1-16 All of Timothy 1st and 2nd are for instruction as to keep the house of God and ourselves straight before our Lord and Saviour! All the Epistles are from God’s teachers, Jn.15:20!

Spiritual Growth

Although each newly converted person becomes Christ’s pupil at baptism of the Holy Spirit, the process of being taught spiritual laws, concepts, and principles cannot begin in earnest until you have surrendered every aspect of your life to the Father and understand that you have been called to participate whole-heartedly as an integral part of His family. Moreover, if you refuse to advance as a student of truth, you become unfruitful and can become an impediment to the progress of other family members. A child of God cannot remain static in their spiritual growth for very long. You either go forward toward spiritual maturity and the fulfillment of the functions and responsibilities for which you are called during this age or you regress toward your old behavior. See Jesus’ admonition to the Ephesians and Laodicean’s in Revelation 2:5-6 and 3:15-19.

Prerequisites for Knowledge and Understanding

The following are some of the prerequisites for the acquisition of spiritual knowledge and understanding that the scriptures clearly show as necessary:

  • You must be seeking to know and understand the Father’s will for your life.
  • You must ask for knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
  • You must study the Father’s truth and way of truth.
  • You must be in obedience to the Father and His way of life.

If you fail to do these things, you will not gain spiritual knowledge and understanding. Other things that can cause a lack of knowledge and understanding are quenching the power of the Holy Spirit, rebelling against God, or allowing something or someone to take priority in your life above your commitment to the Father. Paul exhorted the Thessalonians to do the things that would promote spiritual growth and warned them not to restrain or suppress the power of the Holy Spirit in their life. See1 Thes.4:1-12 & 1 Thes.5:1-28; Lk.19:12-26; Lk.17:7-10: “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. . .”              (1 Thes.5:17-19 KJV). If you become lazy and refuse to put forth the effort to pray, show gratitude to the Father, study, meditate, and yield your life to the Father, the power of the Holy Spirit becomes weak and useless within you. When this happens, you are in danger of losing the power of the Spirit in your life: Without a dedicated Prayer Life you will fail! If you walk contrary to His Will and his scripture and you are not corrected, it will result in eternal death, Mt.12:30-32; 2 Tm.3:16-17; 1 Pt.1:11; 2 Pt.1:21 Grieve not the Holy Spirit, Eph.4:30! However, when you exercise the Holy Spirit in a positive manner, you can grow spiritually and become a productive member in the Father’s family as Grace is given for Grace, Jn.1:16; 1 Cor.1:5-8 seeking the best gifts, refer to 1 Cor.12; 13; and 14 but ye must have love for Jesus above all and for all man-kind, first before any of the other gifts will come, as He calls you for more and more services! He will equip you before He will ask you to do anything special!

A Beginning and Progress

Unless you become the best student of the truth and the way of truth that you can be, there is little likelihood that you will make much progress in the knowledge and understanding of things of the Spirit or fulfill the functions and responsibilities for which you were called to perform as a member of the Father’s family; let alone bear fruit in the Spirit by His Grace!

The Process

It is a given that those who proclaim the Father’s good news message as evangelists, must clearly know and understand what they are talking about. It is also a given that those who occupy an official function or responsibility of service to their brothers and sisters within the Father’s family must be well versed and practiced in the Father’s truth and way of truth before being allowed to fulfill an official position of service. See 1 Tim.3:1-16. But, where do these individuals obtain the knowledge, understanding, and wisdom necessary to fulfill their functions and responsibilities within the church? These individuals must learn these things through the process of being willing, dedicated, and teachable students of truth. The simple truth is that no one can learn the Father’s will for their life or become conversant with his laws, precepts, and principles by osmosis. You cannot do what you are not equipped to do! If you desire to please the Father with your life and become a beneficial member of His family, you must put forth the time and effort to be a dedicated and responsible student of His truth and way of truth: Or have been endowed with the Holy Spirit’s gifts of wisdom and knowledge that will come from the gifts of Understanding God’s nature and His essence being imparted to you supernaturally! This is Grace upon grace where He allows you to know His operations and what He has in store for all those who diligently seek Him in Spiritual LOVE and TRUTH! Praying in the Holy Ghost as often as you can! 1 Cor.1:1-31 and all of 1 Cor.13 for all the Law and the prophets (translations of God’s scripture and will is tied up and bound in love of Him or you get nothing!), Jesus gave us His ALL and that is ALL He will except (set aside) and accept (allow to be received) from us; who are called or commissioned! He alone Ordains who He will!

COMMITMENT

To those who are truly serious about their calling, Jesus leaves no doubt as to the type of commitment that must be made in order to truly follow His teachings as a student of truth:

“Anyone who comes to Me must love Me more than he does his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, or sisters, and yes, even more than his own life, otherwise he cannot be my pupil [Greek: disciple]. And no one can be my pupil who does not bear his own cross and follow me. . . whoever of you that will not forsake everything he has, cannot be my pupil” (Lk.14:26-27,33 Para.). Mt.10:38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. You will not be allowed into His kingdom you are not worthy! 39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. And in Mk.8:35For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. If we don’t lose our lives in this gospel how are we to expect to be saved from the world that cares not about His Word? If we are not a doer and a hearer of His word we are just as the world around us; there is no difference with the non-believers who walk contrary to His word!

Seek the Kingdom of God First

 “Don’t be anxious, saying, what shall we eat? Or, what shall we drink? Or, how will we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek 🙂 for your heavenly Father knows that you need all of these things. But seek you first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be supplied to you. Don’t be anxious about tomorrow; because, tomorrow will take care of itself. . . (Matt.6:31-34 KJV Para.). Those who are serious about their calling should not be overly concerned with the things of this life, Jm.4:4; they should be concerned about the things that will last forever, 1 Jn.2:15-17. The apostle Paul told Timothy that anyone who is serious about doing a work for the Father cannot become overly involved with the cares of this physical life; therefore, you must be single-minded in your service to the Father. True discipleship and stewardship requires a total commitment to the Sovereign Father, Jesus Christ, and your calling: “No one serving as a solider gets entangled with the affairs of this life, so that he can please the one whom he serves and those who compete in athletic events must follow the rules or they will be disqualified and not win the prize”          (2 Tim.2:4-5 Para.).

Summary for Part 1

Every one of the Father’s children is a disciple (i.e., a student) of His truth and way of truth. Some are in the beginning phases of their spiritual education, some are more advanced students, and some have advanced enough in their spiritual growth and maturity to become teachers of God’s truth while continuing their responsibility as a student. Regardless of what level of spiritual maturity you have attained or what function or responsibility you perform as a member of the Father’s family, you are to remain a student of the truth and the way of truth throughout your life. Being a perpetual student of the Father’s truth and way of truth is a lifestyle with a purpose. It is an active participation in a process of growing in favor with the Father, learning His truth and way of truth and applying what is learned in your daily life. Discipleship is a dynamic activity; it is not static: As true disciples with whom the Father has placed tremendous spiritual resources; who is willing to learn and grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Moreover, a disciple should trust in their ability to successfully overcome the obstacles of this present life and become an immortal spirit-being in the Father’s heavenly kingdom.

Students of Truth

In chapters, four, five, and six of Paul’s letter to the elect at Ephesus, he speaks of the Father’s collective earthly family and how it should work together to accomplish the purpose for its existence. Paul also explains that the Father’s elect should not think and behave like people without God’s Spirit, Lk.6:46; Mt.7:20-23. Moreover, he says that the elect should set aside the attitudes and behaviors of their past life that were in opposition to righteousness; instead, they should think and behave in a godly manner. See also Col.3:1-25, 4:1-6; 1 Pt.4:1-5.

It is the transforming of your former thought process, attitude, and behavior into that which is godly that most of the commentary and instruction in the New Testament deals with. This process of transformation cannot be ignored if you desire to enter into the Father’s heavenly kingdom as an immortal spirit-being. This process as shown throughout the Bible involves being both a student and steward of the Father’s truth and way of truth within His earthly family of king-priests. If you are truly serious about your salvation and being a viable productive member of the Father’s earthly family, being educated in the Father’s truth and way of truth and performing your role as a steward in His family are vital to your spiritual success.

Although this study explains the meaning of discipleship and stewardship and the importance of fulfilling these responsibilities within the Father’s family, the following questions need to be answered in order to fulfill these responsibilities:

  • How do you become educated in the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for his family?
  • What are the first subjects that you should study and apply in your life?
  • How do you fulfill your personal obligation as a steward within the Father’s family?

Personal Commitments and Goals

Setting goals to become educated in the Father’s truth and to become a productive steward in His family are obviously necessary if you are to progress spiritually. However, setting goals and accomplishing them are two very different things. It should also be obvious that, in order to make any progress toward accomplishing these goals, you must have a plan of action. Without an action plan, little or no progress will be made toward accomplishing your goals. The following are some suggestions as to how to produce a personal action plan for spiritual success.

  1. Let the Father know through prayer (and fasting if you feel the need, trust me you should feel the need!), that you are serious about knowing and understanding His will for your life, growing in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, His truth, and His way of truth, and serving Him to the best of your ability. Ask the Father to provide you with spiritual knowledge, understanding, discernment, and gifts of the Spirit that are necessary for you to fulfill His purpose for your life. Will the Father hear and answer this type of commitment and request? Absolutely, he will if done in love, in faith, believing you are truly His; for whatever task lay ahead for you, putting your trust completely in Him alone, to finish a good work that He started in you! While speaking to a multitude of people, Jesus said the following about the Father’s willingness to give good things to his children: “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matt.7:7-11 KJV). See also Jn.14:14-15, 15:1-7; Heb.4:16, Jms.4:1-10. Phil.2:12-13. In this example, Jesus reveals a major key that will help unlock the great truths to be found in the Bible. A person must not only desire to have spiritual knowledge and understanding but also go to the Father and ask to be given this knowledge and understanding, and then diligently seek it by making a sincere effort to study and meditate on his words and show himself approved by adhering to all scripture in Spirit and in truth!

“Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled” (Matt.5:6 Para.). See also Ps.119:33-40 ff.; Jer.10:23-24; 31:31-34 for He will put His will and commandments that He wants all to keep, in your heart.

The Father is more than willing to give knowledge and understanding of the things that will benefit those He has called to salvation. It is His desire to give us the spiritual nourishment that is necessary for spiritual growth. See 1 Pet.2:2.

  1. Define your goals. What is the ultimate goal that the Father has for each individual He calls during this age of salvation, (Jn.6:37-40; 2 Pt.3:1-18)? The Father’s goal is for each individual He calls to become a member of His heavenly family and kingdom as an immortal spirit-being. Therefore, your primary goal should be the same: (See 1 Cor.15:35-54; Rv.21:5-7; 22:14-21, for then you will accomplish 1-7 of Rv.22.). All other goals are merely an extension of this primary goal and should serve to accomplish it. When you actually know who Jesus really is and you have a testimony of Him then you get to prophecy, Rv.19:10 and worship God in Truth! Because you know the One and only True God, Deu.6:4, Mk.12:29; Zech.14:9; 12:10And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced! The Holy Spirit said 500 years before it happened they will look upon Me whom they have pierced! Bearing record of Jesus, 1 Tm.3:16 that God was manifested in the flesh as stated in Is.9: 6For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. This is prophesying about God, that He will make Himself known to them that are His; Mt.11:27; Jn.8:24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. 58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. Just like today, man’s theology will argue that Jesus is the second person of some vain trinity trying to come to an understanding of how God can be in Jesus and Jesus is in God for they cannot understand that God is not and never will be dividable, God did not become a person until He became flesh and blood and became a living soul, I refer you back to Jesus Himself in John3 and 6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit! His flesh profiteth nothing but eternal salvation for the eternal world, past and present, to all eternity; to all that will accept that Jesus is He: Jn.8:23And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins. Is.43:3-15 there is no God besides Me, I Am He the beginning and the end the First and the Last beside Me there is no other god formed before or after Me! Is.44:6 & 8; 45:5 & 22; 46:9; Hos. 13:4; Deu.32:39; 4:39; 6:4; Jn.16:27-28 and again I go to the Father to be as He was before creation, 2 Cor.5:16 For He will come to us as the Holy Spirit until times and times again when He comes for His bride who has made herself ready, who is without spot or wrinkle, Zech.13:8And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

Planning for Success

  1. Develop a personal action plan for success and then put this plan into action. The following are three important reasons that you must develop a personal action plan for success:
  • It is evident that during this age, no central authority exists on earth governing the Sovereign Father’s family of king-priests scattered throughout the nations or teaching them His truth and way of truth clearly and concisely.
  • There are many who teach within the congregations of the elect who are unqualified to teach truth for one reason or another. See Matt.7:15, 24:11, 24; 2 Pet.2:1-3; 1 Jn.4:1.
  • Each individual the Father calls to salvation is totally responsible for their own spiritual success or failure. See Phil.2:12-16; Eph.4:21-24; Rom.12:1-21, 14:10-23; 2 Cor.5:10-21. These are but a few scriptures to study and show thy self approved! 2 Tm.3:16-17 for scripture cannot be broken it all must be assembled

together in a way that glorifies God and does not contradict one another in scriptural translation (exegesis) in the context for which it was originally used!

The Instruction Manual

The Bible is the instruction manual for those who have been called to salvation and it contains all of the knowledge and understanding necessary in order for you to grow spiritually and succeed in the performance of your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s earthly family. Therefore, before providing some tips on how to develop a personal plan for spiritual success, there are some important issues and concepts that need to be clarified concerning the Bible and its study.

Bible Contradictions

The first thing to firmly fix in your mind prior to studying the Bible is that God’s written word is truth and there are no contradictions in what he has caused to be written.

Jesus said of God’s word, “Your word is truth” (Jn.17:17) and “The scripture cannot be broken” (Jn.10:35). God inspired the Bible to be written and it is impossible for God to lie (Num.23:19; Mt.24:35; Heb.6:18; Tit.1:2: Heb.13:8; Mal.3:6 He changes not!); therefore, God’s word will always be true (Rom.3:4).

The problem with seemingly contradictory scriptures is never with what God has inspired to be written; it is always with people’s perspective or understanding of what has been written or with how it has been translated or interpreted from the original writing.  Consider this for a moment: If God is a God of truth who cannot lie and He has said that He inspired and instructed His prophets, servants, and apostles to record all that is His sacred word; there cannot be any errors, lies, or contradictions in his originally inspired written word.

Solving Contradictions

Seemingly unsolvable scriptural contradictions are normally the product of one or more of the following:

  • An error in translation from the original language.
  • An error in the interpretation of the original language.
  • Insufficient research on the subject.
  • Translated from an erroneous or incomplete copy of the original text.

Because the above conditions may exist, doctrine should never be established by using vague or difficult to understand scriptures. All major teachings of the Bible, such as those concerning God and His plan of salvation, should be expounded with clear concise statements that prove their validity to anyone whom God is calling to salvation.

Textual Errors

A major error that should be avoided when studying the Bible and related documents is the belief that the more ancient a manuscript or a document is, the more accurate it is. This is a very dangerous assumption to make. Just because a document is ancient, does not make it accurate. The test of accuracy is the test of truth and the continuity of truth. If an ancient writing does not conform to proven Biblical truth and departs from the overall theme and continuity of the Bible, it should not be used to establish doctrine.

Because no original writings of the scriptures are available and centuries have passed since their writing, all modern translations and interpretations of the original text contain some error due to one or more of the following:

  • Additions or omissions due to private interpretation
  • Justification by translators for false teaching
  • Lack of attention to detail
  • Lack of the correct linguistic information
  • Poor scholarship

Truth Will Endure

God has promised that His truth will never be lost. Although there may be copy errors or translation errors of the original writings, the truth and the will of God can still be found and understood by those to whom He chooses to reveal it. See Jer.33:3; Lk.11:9-13; Jn.14:16-18, 26; 16:12-13; 1 Cor.2:9-16.

The Bible Interprets Itself

Trying to justify preconceived ideas and beliefs are a major obstacle to gaining a correct understanding of any biblical subject. The proper approach to understanding the Bible should be an open-minded, unbiased attempt to understand what is truly written and not what a person thinks is written. However, this is very difficult to do because of the vast amount of false teaching about God and the Bible today. Because of the way the Bible has been written, it will literally interpret itself if you are willing to collect all of the relevant facts and references and let the Holy Spirit guide your mind into truth. Defending the Bible is like trying to defend a1200 pound Grizzly bear, you don’t; you just turn it loose, and let it defend its self.

Precept upon Precept

Those who think that the Bible sometimes contradicts itself have failed to understand that the Bible is a complex book, which must be studied as a whole if its mysteries are to be understood. One of the most fascinating and inspiring aspects of the Bible’s construction is the way various subjects are interwoven throughout its pages. Because of this, it is sometimes necessary to collect all of the references to a subject before you can begin to understand what is being taught:

“For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little” (Isa.28:10 KJV). See also Isa.28:9-13. But the true interpreter is the Holy Spirit who wrote it, look at the other verses around this one for example, Is.28:9-13 must be taken into context before making any interpretations. For with a stammering lip will he teach them, this is the evidences of the Holy Spirit in a person as he is being in-filled with the presence of God, just before he starts speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterances. Without His presence in you there can be no clear interpretation of His Words of Truth because they are spiritually discerned! Jn.3:6That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. For this reason we must be born again in order to understand His will and His Word before instructing others! The only way to come off of the breast is to grow up in the spirit and allow God to use you in new ways; with man this is impossible but with God all things become natural in the supernatural! As your revelations become more intense and clearer to you your faith increases exponentially as revelation is increased along with your faith, for what you know to be true is easy to believe and when you can believe it then it becomes faith as it keeps growing by new revelations! Not growing is being spiritually backslidden!

Continuity of Truth

There is a continuity of truth throughout the entire Bible which is very helpful in separating truth from error. Each specific teaching or doctrine of the Bible will conform to the overall theme and purpose of the entire Bible. If any teaching or doctrine is found to be in conflict with another, one or both of the teachings may be based upon false assumptions or incorrectly understood scriptures.

Acquiring Knowledge and Understanding

Many feel that a person must be highly educated or very intelligent to understand the Bible, but this is not true. All those whom the Father calls to salvation can understand what He has caused to be written for their inspiration, correction, and edification. Because the Father wants His children to succeed in their calling and to perform His will in their lives, He has provided a way for them to learn and understand His truth. Among the many promises Jesus makes to those who believe in Him, is that He will send the Holy Spirit as a teacher to guide them into all truths. See Jn.14:26; 15:26; 16:12-13. One way that the Holy Spirit carries out teaching and guiding is through the written word of God. Refer to Joel 2 for you old men will have dreams and your young men will have visions in these last days! The acquisition of truth, spiritual knowledge, and understanding with the help of the Holy Spirit requires effort on the part of the one being called to study the Bible and related information. Pray, fast, and meditation will stand the test of time!

Whom Shall God Teach?

“Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts” (Isa.28:9).

Just as there is a physical growth process from infancy to adulthood, there is a spiritual growth process in the acquisition of spiritual knowledge and understanding. The more you learn and the more you practice what you have learned, the more spiritually mature you become and the more spiritual knowledge and understanding God can reveal to you. See Is.66:1-2.

Study for Spiritual Growth

If you only study the Bible for information, very little understanding that is profitable for spiritual growth will be gained. However, your studies will become spiritually profitable if you study the Bible in order to do the following things:

  • To understand the Father’s plan for humanity
  • To know the Father’s will in your life
  • To learn what the Father’s expects of you
  • To grow toward spiritual maturity
  • To serve the Father and His children
  • To understand how to fulfill your particular calling

If you study the Bible for these reasons, the Father will honor your request for Him to reveal the mysteries of the Bible that will benefit you and others with whom you come into contact.

Prerequisites and Requirements

The Bible itself reveals the prerequisites and requirements that are necessary to be successful in its study. The following are some of the major things that you must do in order to acquire more knowledge and a deeper understanding of God the Father in Jesus Christ, and His awesome plan for humanity:

Ask the Father for spiritual knowledge and understanding.  Have a serious desire to understand the things of God and study with an open mind. Jms.1:1-8

  • Make what is learned a part of your life.
  • Meditate on God’s law in order to improve spiritual under-standing.
  • Remember and practice the things which are already understood to be the truth of God until they are habitual in your nature.
  • Remove obstacles to learning by putting away improper attitudes and behavior.
  • Study to grow spiritually, to serve others, and to fulfill your calling.

Remove Obstacles to Learning

The Apostle Peter lists some of the things that hamper spiritual growth which should be replaced with a desire to understand God’s truth and way of truth:

“Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking, as newborn babies, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Pet.2:1-2 Para.).

In order to gain understanding into the more difficult things of God, you must be practicing the basic truths of God in your life: “But whoever keeps his [God’s] word, in him truly is the love of God perfected . . .” (1 Jn.2:5 KJV).

Meditate on God’s Word

“Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law does he meditate day and night” (Ps.1:1-2 KJV). See also Ps.119:115-148; 1 Tim.4:12-16.

There are tremendous blessings for those who perform the will of God in their life. The person who is being blessed loves God and His law (i.e., God’s way of life) and is constantly thinking about both (Col.3:17).

Prove all Things (Ac.17:11)

“Test all things; and hold fast that which is good” (1 Thes.5:21 Para.). See also Rom.12:1-2; 1 Jn.4:1; Phip.4:1-8. Put on Christ and look to the things not seen in this world but to the spiritual things to come, for that is what will endure forever in time, Lk.9:62! Let the apostles be our guide for they were the Lord’s anointed to instruct His children in all truths, Jn.15:20! This statement is in the context of a person doing the Father’s will in their life. Paul refers to the testing or examining of what you are doing in your life and comparing it against the righteous standards of behavior that the Father has established, Ac.17:11. Notice that Paul says to, “Hold fast that which is good”. You can only know what is good if you understand the word of God. Therefore, you must study the Bible in order to fulfill Paul’s instruction. The kind of true enduring belief that the Father desires for His children to have is based in the knowledge and understanding of Him and His ways. The only place this kind of knowledge and understanding is available is in the Bible. The Bible was written to be understood; it is not a book of theory, philosophy, or meaningless stories; it is a logical factual presentation of the things that God wants His children to know, understand, and practice. Along with stories showing the errors of those who fail to heed His directions and walk according to their own heart’s desires which lead to destruction and being cut-off!

End part 1

Part 2

A Disciple will Plan for Success to become a Steward

An action plan containing goals for spiritual success is a valuable tool that can help you maintain focus on your goals to grow in the Father’s truth and to perform your stewardship within His family. The following are some tips on how to develop a personal plan for spiritual success, some important subjects to make a part of your study plan, and some important attitudes and behaviors to cultivate as you learn and practice the Father’s truth and way of truth:

  1. Write your plan in a binder or hard bound book in order to more easily store, access, review, and edit your vision for growth.
  2. Make a list of topics categories, and sub-topics to study and things to accomplish, such as attitudes and behaviors that need to be cultivated and become a part of your character and unrighteous attitudes and behaviors that need to be discarded. The items in this list should be clearly defined and simply stated.
  3. Leave enough space under each item in your list or place each item on a separate piece of paper in order for you to keep your notes and comments close to each item.
  4. Prioritize your list and check off items as you complete them.
  5. Make your action plan a flexible tool that you can modify periodically to fit your needs.
  6. Review your plan often in order to check your progress and add or edit items to maintain focus on your goals and outcomes! Keep a journal of your spiritual growth in the Lord; as well as what He has revealed to you along the way!

Creating Your Study Plan

Regardless of how you structure your action plan for learning and understanding the Father’s truth and will for your life, a high priority should be given to reading the entire Bible from cover to cover at least once every year; have daily devotional reading as well on the things you need to work on in your personal development, as you grow in spiritual maturity!

There are many translations of the Bible and each has its own particular strengths and weaknesses. Some help clarify difficult scriptures and concepts, while others do the opposite–they introduce heretical teachings. Because there is no totally accurate translation of the original text, the admonition of Paul to Timothy becomes very important to those who are serious about building a strong spiritual foundation based upon the word of God:

“Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim.2:15). All scripture is the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and must be meditated on studied from all angles and all interpretations and then let the Holy Spirit guide you into all truths, Mal.3:16-18! When we gather together and pray and let the Lord lead us in Bible studies with others, we will gather His fruit for our spiritual dinner and He will not leave us hungry but will fill to the uttermost, for His knowledge is unfathomable and is just foolishness to man but to those who are born of a new Holy Spirit are unsearchable to us without the Holy Spirit leading us into depths of the Lord that cannot be comprehended by normal man! God’s power is unlimited as well as His knowledge, and we must pray to enter into His realms of thought, as He will allow us to go further and further into His realms as we keep seeking Him, for all things will be added unto those who diligently seek Him in full righteousness! Walking and studying and keeping His Words alive in our very souls as He pours Himself into all who actually and truly love Him without measure as He did us!

No Original Text Available

When reading the Bible, it is important to remember that there are no original copies of the various writings which comprise the Bible available for use by Bible scholars or the general public. Therefore, it is impossible to confirm or deny what was originally written with physical evidence. What we have today are copies of the originals and translations of these copies.

The King James Version

The King James Authorized Version of the Old and the New Testaments, written in early modern English in 1611, was translated from the Masoretic text and the Received text. From the historical evidence and the continuity of truth that is revealed through both the Masoretic text and the Received text, it appears that both of these are reference works through which God is conveying His truth and His will today. Because of the King James Versions’ archaic language, it is helpful to have some modern translations along with Greek and Hebrew dictionaries in order to help clarify difficult passages. The New International Version and the Living Bible can sometimes be helpful in translating concepts that are difficult to understand because of the language of the King James Version. You may also find it helpful to purchase a narrated version of the Bible to listen to while reading, while traveling, or while being unoccupied with other endeavors. Even take it upon yourself to learn these languages so that you can become familiar with verb usage and noun meanings as well as adverbs and pronouns and to learn sentence structure from the Greek to the Hebrew as well as Latin, for when you do this it is like seeing the Bible in color instead of  black and white! He will honor your studies and help you with learning new things when done in order to come closer to Him, just because you love Him and want more of Him, He will provide a way when there seems to be no way!

Topical Studies

Many people take one scripture (sometimes out of context) and build an entire teaching around it. However, the Prophet Isaiah tells us that God’s truth is scattered throughout His written word (Isa.28:9-13) and that these truths, concepts, and principles are built one on the other. Therefore, it seems logical that you must perform a search of the entire Bible in order to gain a thorough understanding of a subject or topic. Personally, I have found that topical studies are the best way to understand the teachings contained in the Bible.

God’s Law

A short review of the first five books of the Bible, clearly reveal that God is a God of law. The agreement with the twelve tribes of national Israel contains 613 to 759 including the oral laws, plus statutes, judgments, and commandments, depending on who is doing the counting. The special agreement that the Sovereign Father has with His earthly family of king-priests also contains laws and instructions that govern their relationship with Him, their relationship with brothers and sisters in His holy family, and with other people. A study of the law with the goal of understanding both the letter and the spirit of the law will give insight into the minds of the Sovereign Father who is our Savior, His character, attitude, and behavior which is built on love, for God is love, 1 Jn.4:8. Moreover, these laws reveal how one who is attempting to live a holy lifestyle should think and behave.

Love towards God

The first laws given to national Israel were the Ten Commandments. Matthew and Mark both record that Christ said the whole law was held together by just two commandments–love for God and love for neighbor: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with your entire mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is similar to it; you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matt 22:37-40 KJV). See also MK.12:28-34. If you truly have love and respect for your heavenly Father, you will want to please Him with your life by following Jesus’ example of a righteous life. The Father said of Christ at his baptism, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am, well pleased” (Matt.3:17). The scriptures show us that love and respect for the Father are expressed through one’s attitude and behavior toward Him and obedience and respect for the law He has set in place to govern the lives of His children. Regarding His behavior toward the Father, Jesus said, “For I do always those things that please Him” (Jn.8:29). Concerning the expression of godly love, the apostle John said, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. His commandments are not grievous.” (1 Jn.5:2-3) All of God’s law for mankind hinge on the two basic themes of love for God and love for neighbor, but there are many overlapping concepts and principles contained within this body of law which explain and expound upon these two basic themes.

Attitudes and Behaviors

The scriptures instruct the Father’s children to subdue and keep in check their old nature which is in opposition to the holy nature imparted through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. See Rom.6:6-12; 8:1-14; Eph.4:21-24: Col.3:9-10 & 17. The apostles Peter and Paul list a number of righteous attitudes and behaviors that need to be cultivated and become a part of your character and a number unrighteous attitudes and behaviors that need to be discarded. Many of these attitudes and behaviors are noted in the following scriptures and are worthy of careful study: all of first and second Peter; Rom.12:1-21; 13:1-14 and chapter 14; 1 Cor.13:1-13; Eph.4:21-32; Col.3:3-17; Jm.4:4; all of first second and third John, 1 Jn.2:15-17. Cultivate charity, forgiveness, honesty, humility, kindness, longsuffering, meekness, mercy, peace, tenderheartedness, and truthfulness. Discard anger, bitterness, blasphemy, drunkenness, envy, evil desires, extortion, filthy speech, fornication, guile, hypocrisy, idolatry, inordinate affection, lying, malice, rioting, theft, uncleanness, and wrath. Added to the list of attitudes and behaviors to be discarded are things that are clearly in opposition to a righteous lifestyle, such as some personal associations, habits, hobbies, as well as religious holidays, festivals, and celebrations that belong to this world’s religions. See 1 Pet.1:15-16; Deut.12:30-32; Jer.10:1-15. Holidays that are from the former lusts of the flesh should be avoided, as well as Christmas trees for that came out of Druids and pagan beliefs as in worshipping under every tree and even looking to the sunrise for services for they stemmed from worshipping the Sun as a god: Eze.8:15-16, in the courtyard of His Holy Temple were they doing these things without taking notice to how their God felt about it just as today; people do things by tradition that ought not to be! Just as the songs they sing watch out for the words used in them!

Learn to have Rules of Conduct

Although, it is important to become conversant with all aspects of the Father’s truth, there are some basic rules of conduct that apply within His family which need to be clearly understood and practiced if you are to grow spiritually and become a viable and beneficial member of His family. These rules of conduct and the philosophy behind them are set forth in the Bible as the standards of acceptable and unacceptable attitudes and behaviors for all members of the Father’s family. All of these rules are clearly spelled out in many scriptures and should be among the first things you learn and make a part of your lifestyle as a member of the Father’s earthly family. Without knowing and understanding these rules of conduct, it is virtually impossible to be a good steward of the functions and responsibilities that you have been called to perform. Moreover, these rules also reveal how to express love (i.e., an outgoing concern) for family members and produce peace and harmony within the family. The apostle John said the following about walking in truth (i.e., following the Father’s rules for your life) and the rule to love one another within the family: “I rejoiced greatly that I found of your children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. And now I beseech you, lady (The Church, His Bride), not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, that, as you have heard from the beginning; you should walk in it… Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another” (2 Jn.4-6 KJV). See also Gal.5:13-14; 1 Pet.1:22, 2:17; Jm.2:8; 1 Jn.3:13-16, 4:20-21; 1 Cor.13:1-13 and chapter 14. Although some of the rules of conduct are clearly intended to be applied to individuals occupying positions of service within the family or are gender specific, most apply in principle to all family members regardless of position of service or gender. The following are some of these rules of conduct with which each member should be conversant and practice as a part of their stewardship within the family:

General Rules

  • Attitude and behavior toward doctrinally deceptive individuals (1 Jn.2:4-11)
  • Commandment keeping (1 Jn.5:1-3, Mt.4:4; Lk.4:4; 2 Tm.3:16-17; Is.28:9-12)
  • Compassion (1 Pet.3:8; 1 Jn.3:17-18)
  • Forbearance and forgiveness (Matt.5:23-24; 7:1-2; Lk.17:3-4; Ro.2:4; Eph.4:32; Col.3:13; 2 Pt.3:9)
  • Honor/Respect/Value other people: (Eph.6:2; 1 Tim.5:3; 1 Pet.2:17, 3:7)
  • Love for each family member (Rom.12:9-10; 1 Pet.4:7-8; 1 Jn.4:21)
  • Patience (Eph:4:2; Mt.18:21-35; Ro.5:1-5)
  • Reconciliation (Matt.5:21-24; Eph.2:11-22)

Older Men

Be circumspect, be honorable, have self control, be incorruptible in the faith, be benevolent, and be consistent (Titus 2:2). Look to the requirements for deacon!

Young Men

Be sound minded, be a model of virtuous works reflecting righteousness, have integrity, be dignified, and have speech that cannot be condemned (Titus 2:6-7).

Older Women

Be circumspect, be honorable, have self control, be incorruptible in the faith, be benevolent, be consistent, have holy behavior, shun evil behavior, drink wine in moderation, and be a teacher of that which is righteous (Titus 2:3-4).

Servants (voluntary or indentured)

Be subordinate and obedient to your master, make an effort to please one’s master, do not be argumentative, and be an example of your Saviors instructions (Titus 2:9-10; Col.3:22).

Husband and Wife Relationships

  • Sexual relations (1 Cor.7:3-5)
  • Unconverted spouse (1 Cor.7:12-16 )
  • Submission, love, and honor (Eph.5:22-25; Col.3:18-19; 1 Pet.3:1-7)
  • Divorce (Matt.5:32, 19:9; Lk.16:18)

Young Married Women

Be discreet, be morally beyond reproach, be maternal, be affectionate and subordinate to one’s husband, and be modest in dress and appearance (Titus 2:4-5; 1 Pet.3:1-3).

YOU’RE SPEECH

  • Do not attack another person’s character (Titus 3:2).
  • Avoid absurd questions about genealogies, as well as arguments and controversy about God’s law (Titus 3:9 as well as in teachings of Timothy).
  • Shun profane babbling (2 Tim.2:16).
  • Do not utter foul speech (Eph.4:29-30; 1 Pet.3:10).

Official Capacity

The following scriptures contain a number of rules that apply to those who serve within the family in an official capacity. See 1 Cor.4:1-2;        1 Tim.3:1-11, 5:1-3; 2 Tim.2:24-25; 1 Pet.5:1-7; Titus 1:5-10.

Judicial System

The Judicial system for resolving personal and collective problems within the Father’s earthly family is clearly set forth in Matthew, chapter 18 and should be studied and understood. In this chapter, Christ sets forth a step-by-step procedure that each member should follow in order to resolve problems within the collective church. The following is a short list of judicial rules of conduct and instructions concerning how to deal with specific situations within the Father’s family:

  • Accusation, rebuke, and sanction of an elder (1 Tim.5:19-21)
  • Conflict resolution (1 Cor.6:1-9.)
  • Rebuke and forgiveness (Lk.17:3-4; Matt.18:15, 18-22)
  • Punishment (Matt.18:17; 1 Tim.5:20)
  • How to treat a heretic after failure to heed two reprimands (Titus 3:10)
  • Withdraw from the disorderly brethren (Rom.16:17-18; 1 Cor.5:9-11; 2 Thes.3:6, 14-15; 1 Tim.6:5)

Due Diligence

As previously stated in this study, the simple truth is that no one can learn the Father’s will for their life or become conversant with His laws, precepts, and principles by osmosis. Learning and practicing the Father’s truth and way of truth in faith, takes time and effort. If you are serious about being educated in the Father’s truth and way of truth, it is your responsibility to do one or both of the following: 1. Seek out spiritual leaders whom you believe are teaching truth and study their teachings as they relate to biblical topics; Keep to those who hold true to scripture and walk as they teach! 2. Design your own course of study without a spiritual leader or teacher, allowing the Holy Spirit to move on you and enlighten you through meditation, prayer, and fasting! Regardless of what method of study you choose to pursue, it is your responsibility as a student of truth to put forth a diligent effort to determine whether or not what is being taught or studied conforms to the Father’s truth and way of truth in faith, for whatever is not of faith is a sin, for whatever we do we must bring it before the throne of His Grace and see whether it is right before His eyes: our walk must be as contained in the Bible. See 2 Tim.2:15-16; Phil.2:12-13; Heb.11:6. Does it measure up to scripture and will our walk stand before our Lord without perishing in his presence? Mt.4:4 Lk.4:4; 2 Tm.3:16-17; Lk.6:46 by His word we stand or fall!!!

STEWARDSHIP

There is a tremendous misconception during this age of the church that only the ministry and those in official positions of service to the collective church are stewards of the church. This misconception has for generations effectively neutralized the Father’s family as a powerful and effective instrument of Christ to proclaim the Father’s plan of salvation for humanity (My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, Hosea4:6; Jgs.2:10-12; Tit.1:15-16.), to proclaim His soon coming kingdom to the world, and to prepare a people to rule the world with Him after His return. What is a steward and what is stewardship? Who are the stewards and what is the function of stewardship within the Sovereign Father’s earthly family of king-priests? The English word ‘steward’ as used in the New Testament is translated from the Greek words ‘epitropos’ and ‘oikonomos’ and their various derivatives. Depending on the context in which they are used, these words can mean the following:

  • A commissioner
  • A domestic manager or guardian
  • The management of a household, lands, or an estate and its affairs, specifically, the administration, management, or oversight of another person’s property.
  • One who has the care and tutelage of children.
  • One to who’s care or honor or anything that has been entrusted, an overseer, (i.e., an employee in that capacity). By extension, a fiscal agent, treasurer of household affairs; especially a manager or a superintendent.

Although there are many nuances to the meaning of stewardship and the aspects of stewardship within the Father’s earthly family, the basic function of a steward and stewardship is to care for another person’s affairs or possessions with which one has been entrusted. The Father’s children are His possessions, which He has given in trust to Jesus who has purchased it for himself, (Ac.20:28; 2 Cor.5:16-21; Col.2:8-12.), who’s apostles were to oversee while teaching His truth and way of truth to them and administering His work on earth through them. See Mt.16:18-19; Jn.15:20; Eph.1:15-23, 5:23; Col.1:16-18. Under the stewardship of Christ, the Father has entrusted His children with stewardship over His truth and way of truth, which His children are to learn and practice to the best of their ability while administering their individual skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and functions and responsibilities within His family as king-priests. See 1 Pet.4:1-19. Because judgment starts with us first and moves outwards!

A Steward

A steward within the Father’s family is simply a student of His truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for His earthly family and himself. A steward in the Father’s family is responsible for practicing and perfecting what is being learned in the context of fulfilling their personal functions and responsibilities within His family. See Eph.4:11-16 See also, 1 Cor.12:27-28, everyone will have his place that is suited best for them; by the power of the Holy Spirit are the gifts given Eph.1:12; 1 Cor.12:11. Stewardship is the most difficult and the most rewarding phase of discipleship. Stewardship within the Father’s earthly family of king-priests requires you to be proactive in administering your personal skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s earthly family. Stewardship is the process through which the Father’s adopted children perfect a holy attitude, holy behavior, and holy character (1 Pet.1:13-16; Lev.11:44-45.) while exercising His purpose for them through diligent and active participation in the affairs of His earthly family. See 2 Tim.4:16-17; Jms.1:22-27; 3:13; 2 Pet.3:10-14.

Being a proactive steward requires you to make and carry out personal decisions predicated on your education in the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for members of His earthly family of king-priests. It is through voluntary active involvement in the affairs of the Father’s earthly family as a steward of His truth, His way of truth, and the practice and enforcement of His rules of conduct within His family of king-priests, that you can truly grow spiritually and become a viable, productive, and beneficial member within His family. Each member of the Father’s earthly family is bought and paid for with the blood of God in Christ, Ac.20:28. Therefore, each member is obliged to be a trustworthy steward of their own mind and body, because they belong to the Father by right of purchase: “What? Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the holy spirit which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price: therefore honor God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Cor.6:19-20 Para.). “For one that is called in the Lord, being a slave is the Lord’s freeman: likewise also one that is called, being free, is Christ’s slave. You are bought with a price; do not be the slaves of men” (1 Cor.7:22-23 Para.)

Stewardship Begins

Stewardship within the Sovereign Father’s earthly family begins the instant you receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. From this point forward the things that come under your stewardship continue to increase as your spiritual knowledge, understanding, and gifts of the spirit are increased. Likewise, the things that you are responsible to increase in value for the Father also increase in number. The simple fact is that everyone who is adopted into the Father’s family of earthly king-priests is a steward within His family. All who are called to participate in the first resurrection are expected to perform certain tasks and fulfill certain responsibilities for God while living in the flesh. However, few realize this important fact and therefore most are ill prepared for their role as a steward within the Father’s family. This situation exists because of a lack of education in the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and a steward’s functions and responsibilities within His family.

Profitable and Unprofitable Stewards

In the parable about the events that will precede his return, Jesus explains the need for each steward in the Father’s earthly family to be actively working to increase the value of what has been entrusted to them. It is no accident that Matthew records the parable of the unprofitable servant after the parable of the Ten Virgins, which tells us that we should always be prepared to meet Christ at his coming.

Matthew 25:14-30

“It will be like a man going on a journey, which called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. . .” (Vs.14-15 NIV).  When Jesus returns, each steward within the Father’s earthly family must give an account of what they have done with that which has been placed in their trust (2 Cor.5:10-15). The faithful stewards are the ones who increase the value of what was placed with them to increase. These individuals receive a reward that is representative of their efforts (Matt25:20-23). However, some individuals will not try to increase what is entrusted to them: “Then the man who had received the one talent came.’Master’, he said, I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you” (vs.24-25 NIV). Notice what happens to the person who does nothing with the opportunities, that have come in their lives, and the spiritual blessings and gifts that are given to them to increase in value: “His master replied, you wicked, lazy servant! You knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed [i.e., you understood what I was doing and yet you did nothing]. You should have at least put my money in the hands of an investor [should have worked for the pastors and the deacons and tried to edify the church under their leadership!], and then I would have received my money back with some interest added to it. … Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. … And throw that worthless servant outside, into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth [means you’re going to hell]” (vs.26, 28-30 NIV Para.). There are many important lessons that can be learned from what is said to this unprofitable individual:

  1. When the Father calls a person to salvation, that person has enough personal attributes to be spiritually successful and secure salvation with the help of the Holy Spirit dwelling in them; otherwise, that person would not have been called.
  2. At the proper time, each person is given additional attributes according to their potential to produce value for the Father. See Rom.12:3-8; 1 Cor.12:8-10, 27-30; Eph.4:11-16.
  1. Although, each individual may have different opportunities, attributes, skills, talents, and spiritual gifts to work with, each person is required to add to the value of what they have.
  2. The parable clearly shows that, if a person feels inadequate or is unable because of some valid reason to do an individual work by them self, he or she should find a way to place their skills, talents, or spiritual gifts under the direction of someone who is more able to use them to produce a positive result for the Master.
  3. The parable infers that, if a person will make an effort to accomplish something of worth for the Master, they will receive a reward for that effort.
  4. Unprofitable individuals will not be punished because of a feeling of inadequacy or because of being unable to increase that which they were to increase; the punishment is the result of doing nothing.
  5. The reward that the unprofitable person should have received for being a faithful steward will be given to those individuals who seize opportunity and are willing to extend themselves and make an effort to increase that which they were given to increase.

Personal Works

While reprimanding the Corinthians for their cliquish attitude and behavior, the apostle Paul speaks to a person’s personal work as a member of the Father’s family. Paul explains that your work will be tested for its worth. If the work does not endure the test of fire, there will be no reward for the effort. But if the work endures (i.e., has benefit to the Father), there will be a reward. Regardless of the worth of your work, you will still gain immortal life; if you do indeed put forth an effort to do a work for the Father. See 1 Cor.3:1-15. When Paul’s reprimand is viewed along with the parable of the talents (Matt.25:14-30), it becomes crystal clear that each member of the Father’s family is expected to put forth an effort to do something beneficial for him, Mt.10:37-39; Mk.8:35. Clearly, each member of the Father’s family must increase their personal worth for the benefit of the Father, and each member must help to increase the overall value of the entire family through fulfilling their functions and responsibilities within His family. You are to accomplish something of value that the Father can claim, to be His very own. If you do nothing with what is given to you, you are considered unprofitable and will not be granted immortality. See Matt.25:14-30; Lk.19:12-27; 2 Cor.5:10; Rev.22:12.

The Faithful and Unfaithful Stewards

Many of the parables that Jesus spoke are clearly set in the context of stewardship in the Father’s family at the end of the age. These parables consistently show rewards for faithful and consistent performance of one’s calling and punishment for failure to perform the Father’s will in one’s life. The context of the parable of the faithful and unfaithful steward in Luke 12:42-48 is no different and leaves no doubt as to the outcome of these two opposite attitudes and behaviors: Jesus says, “Who is that faithful and wise steward whom his Lord shall make ruler over his household . . .? Blessed is that servant who his Lord [Jesus Christ] when he comes shall find so doing. The Lord shall make him ruler over all he has.” (Lk.12:42-44 Para. Look to Mt.5:19-20) Here, Jesus gives the keys to understanding what is required in order to be a faithful and wise steward who is blessed at His coming. These keys[to the gate in Mt.7:13-14] that will help to secure your place in the first resurrection are faithfulness, wisdom, and perseverance in your walk with God.

A Warning

(Be about your Father’s business when He returns!)

“But if the servant [the elect] says in his heart, the Lord delays his coming [which all ten of the virgins did; but 5 were prepared to go back to work after they had rested for awhile] and they begin to beat their fellow servants, and they eat and drink and get drunk. The Lord will come in the day when he is not looking for him, . . . and the Lord will cut him apart and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers” (Lk.12:36-37 & 45-46 Para.).

If you become lazy in your calling; neglect your responsibility to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Father and the Son; neglect diligently to carry out your functions and responsibilities as a steward of the things the Father has entrusted to you (being backslidden); or become abusive to others within the Father’s family you are in serious danger of losing your salvation. These types of attitudes and behaviors occurred during the first age of the church and can easily be found within the Father’s earthly family during this age. Being cut apart or torn asunder [cut in two] and being seen as an unbeliever alludes to the punishment of the second death from which there is no return [cut off!].

“That servant who knew his lord’s will, and did not prepare, neither did his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But if he did not know [i.e., was ignorant], and did things worthy of stripes he shall be beaten with few. For to whom much is given much is required. . .” (Lk.12:47-48 Para.). This is also the beginning of a lesson for Presumptuous Sin which will not be forgiven in this life time or the next, which is the sin John talks about that we should not pray to forgive; whoever that has committed this sin must repent or be lost forever, Mk.3:28-29! Num.15:25-41 and I need not remind you that the Lord changes not, Mal.3:6; Heb.13:8 and Mt.24:35!

The context of verses 47 and 48 concerns the difference between knowing and not knowing what your responsibilities are before God the Father the Lord Jesus Christ, Jn.12:43-45 till verse 50, Jesus is the Word made flesh and the Word was God, Jn.1:1-14. If you know the Father’s will and know what is expected of you, but you do not faithfully do it, you will be severely punished by Jesus Christ, Phil.2:10 to whom every knee will bow! The more that has been entrusted to you; the narrower the path becomes that leads to the straight gate!

A person who is ignorant of what is required, will receive a lighter punishment, but not because he or she is guiltless, but because he or she is not guilty of blatant and willful rebellion if done in ignorance. Instead, that person is guilty of being lazy and faithless in pursuit of the Father’s will in their life. See also Revelation, chapters 2 and 3. The point in verses 47 and 48 in Luke12, is that the more you know about the Father’s will for your life, the greater the opportunity to grow spiritually, the greater the opportunity to serve the Father and His family, and the greater the requirement to do what you know is His will in a thoughtful and diligent manner as the more you learn the path becomes more restrictive as well, Mt.7:13-14 and few there be that find it, the straight gate, Mt.22:14. Whether you have a great or a small amount of skill, talent, spiritual gifts, or spiritual knowledge and understanding, you are expected to diligently seek and perform the Father’s will in your life. Are we not to increase in our ability to know Him and His will for us as we mature in Christ Jesus? 2 Pt.3:18; Eph.4:13-15; Col.1:9-10; Phil.3:9-15 and many, many, more always growing in Christ Jesus or just as a coin that is rolling on the floor moving forward stays upright; as soon as it stops it fall over, this is the same as stopping to grow in Christ when this accrues; next is lack of desire to move forward and thus backsliding is easy to begin the new direction just as the coin has fallen over so have you, you have fallen from grace (God’s Favour)! True love of God grows, as He increases knowledge and truths, our grace should never quite growing either.

Due Diligence

The following observations by William Barclay concisely states the necessity for those who believe they are followers of the God of the Bible to diligently seek and perform the Father’s will in their life. In The Daily Study Bible Series, The Gospel of Mark, Barclay says, “No man can tell the day or hour when eternity will invade time and the summons will come. We would like him to find us with our work completed. If we really know what Christianity means we will know that there is no part of life when the master is away. We are working and living forever in our great task master’s eyes. There is nothing so fatal as to feel that we have plenty of time” (pp.167-168). In The Daily Study Bible Series, Gospel of Matthew Volume II, Barclay observes, ”The parable has two universal meanings; it warns us that there are certain things which cannot be obtained at the last minute. It is far too late for a student to be preparing when the day of the examination is come. It is too late for a man to acquire a skill or character if he does not already possess it. It warns us there are certain things which cannot be borrowed. A man cannot borrow a relationship with God; he must possess it for himself. We cannot always be living on a spiritual capital which others have amassed.” (pp. 320-321) We must amass our own relationship with Him personally!

The Parable of the Seeds

Jesus spoke the parable of the sown seeds to a large crowd and ended it with this warning: “who has ears let him hear” (Matt.13:4-9). This means that those who understand must pay attention. Who are those who have ears to hear in this age? Those who have ears to hear are those who have the Holy Spirit dwelling in them. These are the ones who have the ability to understand the things of the spirit. See              1 Cor.2:9-16; Jn.3:9-12; 14:15-18 & 26, 16:12-15, seek ye the kingdom and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you, Matt.6:33. The parable of the seeds can be summarized as follows: Within the Father’s earthly family, there are three basic categories of people:

  • Those who Go Backwards: These individuals endure for a while, but allow the things of the world to become more important than the pursuit of righteousness and revert to their former lifestyle.
  • Those who Stand still: These individuals stand still spiritually because they are spiritually lazy, lethargic, and lukewarm and never grow. These have little or no desire to grow in grace and knowledge or actively fulfill the functions and responsibilities to which they were called to perform.
  • Those who Go forward: These individuals understand that they are expected to do the Father’s will in their life and use the physical and spiritual gifts that He gives them to produce something of value for Him. These individuals are willing, dedicated, teachable, and responsible students of truth and the way of truth, they grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Father and His Son, and are a reflection of the Father’s influence in their life. These are spiritually successful stewards who are doing the Father’s will in their life because they truly would rather die than to let Him down. As he gave all for us we in return should do the same for our Master; we should be willing to die for Him and this gospel, Mk.8:35! These are the ones who become teachers, preachers, evangelists, prophets, and then Apostleship!

A Dangerous Attitude

Of all the seven groupings of the Father’s earthly children directly spoken to by Jesus Christ, those having the Laodicean attitude are the most pointedly reprimanded and condemned by Him:

“To the angel [messenger: the Holy Spirit says: to the prophets and ministers] of the church of the Laodicean’s write: These things say the Amen [Jesus Christ], the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I wished that you were either cold or hot. So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to vomit you out of My mouth” (Rev.3:14-16 Para.). These are stewards in the Father’s family who are neither faithful nor unbelieving; rather, they are completely indifferent. Their indifference and lack of commitment to the truth and the way of truth is sickening to Jesus. These individuals are so self-satisfied that they think everything is fine and that they are doing great works. They view themselves as the recipients of great spiritual understanding, but they have practically none.

Jesus Says to those of the Laodicean attitude: “Because you say, ‘I am rich; and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched, and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I advise you to buy from me gold having been refined in the fire by me, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, and your shame and nakedness may not be revealed. And anoint your eyes with eye-salve that you may see” (Rev.3:17-18 Para.). Here, we see a people who are so apathetic and lazy because of their perceived knowledge and spirituality that they are in danger of being cast away from God. They are self-deceived into thinking that they are spiritually rich; however, they are spiritually poor. Christ is giving them their last opportunity to repent and become zealous for God. If these people will hear and heed what He is saying, He will again establish fellowship with them. If not, they will be cast into the Lake of Fire with the unrepentant wicked. These individuals are clearly in danger of falling into the category of the unprofitable steward noted in Matthew, chapter 25, verses 24-30. Their indifference has left them self-deluded and they do not realize they are spiritually poor, miserable, wretched, blind, and naked. Those who lead such a people and do not repent themselves are in deep trouble. These individuals have no real commitment to spiritual growth and they feel secure as long as they associate with a particular group of people. This kind of attitude leads to indifference and complacency, which will result in intense trials in the hope of awaking them to their need of genuine repentance and the performance of their commitment to the Father: “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Be zealous then, and repent. Behold I stand at the door and knock; If any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will go in to him, and I will dine with him and he with me” (Rev.3:19-20 Para.).

The kind of rebuke that Jesus speaks of here is a severe rebuke that compels a person to see the error of their ways. Christ is showing, in an extremely strong way that some of the elect who are in this decadent condition can expect extremely severe trials that come directly from him. He says he is at the door knocking (Rev.3:19-20), hoping these wayward children will let Him back into their hearts and minds. But He will not force His way into their lives. These individuals have to make a decision to repent of their nauseating quality of being spiritually lukewarm, self-satisfied, complacent, and in need of nothing: These are the ones who have stopped trying to grow!

Failure to be Responsive to God’s Will

The writer to the Hebrews gave the following reprimand to those of the Father’s family who should have graduated past the beginning phases of their spiritual education and into the more advanced student-teacher function and responsibility: “By this time you ought to be teaching others, however, you need someone to again teach you the things which are the first principles of the words of God. You have become as infants in need of milk, and not of solid food. Everyone who drinks only milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness and is an infant. Solid food is for those who have matured through having their senses exercised to discern both good and evil” (Heb.5:12-14 Para.). The English word ‘ought’ is translated from the Greek word ‘opheilo’, which is a word that conveys the idea of accruing or to owe. Figuratively, it means to be under an obligation just as the word unto. Whoever these Hebrew were, they were not fulfilling one of the reasons for their being called to salvation during that age. These individuals could not understand anything further about the Father and Christ, (Ac.2:36; 10:36 both LORD and CHRIST, Zach.14:9; Is.9:6, Mk.12:29), the truth, and way of truth. Because these individuals were lazy in their pursuit of spiritual knowledge, they were going backward instead of forward in their spiritual understanding. They were losing sight of the Father’s vision and goal for their lives as well as the rest of humanity. As Jesus was the fulfillment of all the Law of Moses in human form we are to do the same, we are to keep all His commandments for us in the same manner as He did, Jn.14:6 we are to pick up His yoke and follow Him in all respects to this world as He lived in it so should we all! He said learn of Me this is a commandment and the truth will set you free and free you will be in deed, Jn.8:31-32, Mt.11:29-20. When we become humble and find a servant’s heart and mind; then the Lord will teach you all righteousness! Mt.23:12; Jms.4:10; Lk.4:11; 1 Pt.5:6; Pr.29:23.

Why were they not fulfilling this responsibility? There are only two logical answers to this question. These individuals were either not mentally capable of instructing others in the Father’s truth and way of truth or they were too lazy to spend the time and effort that is necessary to become well versed in the Father’s truth and way of truth. Because the scriptures tell us that the Father has given the spirit of a sound mind (i.e., a mind capable of discipline and self-control) to those who are His and has given the Holy Spirit to lead one into truth, it must have been that they were simply lazy 2 Tim.1:7 & 11; Jn.16:13.

The English word ‘teach’ in verse 11is translated from the Greek word ‘didaskalos’, which means ‘an instructor’ and is used in a number of scriptures in reference to the apostles and those who taught among the elect. See 1 Cor.12:28; 1 Tim. 2:7; also in 2 Tim.1:11, 4:3. Here, we have individuals who are in spiritual jeopardy because they have not advanced past the first learning phase of their spiritual walk and have allowed the things they did learn to slip away.

Teaching with Caution and Due Diligence

The importance of teaching is self-evident. Without being instructed in the Father’s truth, way of truth, and His rules of conduct for His earthly family, no progress can be made toward the goal of spiritual perfection and the Father’s truth and way of truth cannot be represented correctly.

The function of teaching within the church carries with it the responsibility to make sure that what one teaches is truth, because if what one teaches is not correct or not thoroughly explained, it has the potential to adversely affect a person’s life and spiritual growth. This is why the apostle James said, “My brothers, not many of you should be teachers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more severely.” (Jms.3:1 Para.) Lk.12:48.

It should be obvious that new students of truth are not equipped to teach what they do not yet fully know or understand. However, a more advanced student who is conversant with the foundational elements of the truth and the way of truth should be able to explain basic concepts and principles to others. This type of knowledge falls well within what the apostle Peter said about sanctifying the Lord God in our hearts and always being ready to explain the reason that we have a hope of salvation (See 1 Pet.3:15-17).

Three things are necessary in order to fulfill the teaching function:

  1. A teacher must know and understand the subject that is to be taught.
  2. A teacher must be able to present the subject to be taught in an understandable fashion.
  3. A teacher must have students who are willing to be taught and grow in maturity: Which leads to those who want to become teachers themselves, so that they can spread the good news, called the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Before a person can assume the function of teaching within the Father’s family, that person must clearly know and understand what is to be taught. The understanding of what to teach comes through the process of learning and experiencing the truth and the way of truth and growing in grace and in the knowledge of the Father and Son our Savior, 1 Tm.3:16. As a person grows in knowledge and understanding, they will naturally be able to explain what they know to another person. The reprimand by the writer to the Hebrews can easily apply to other functions and responsibilities that are to be performed within the Father’s earthly family. Many other functions and responsibilities also require a depth of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom in the Father’s truth and way of truth before a person can adequately fulfill them. Therefore, being a willing, diligent, and teachable student of truth is a prerequisite to fulfilling your functions and responsibilities. You cannot do anything unless you are equipped to do it!

Not a Novice

(We must learn to walk before he can run)

The apostle Paul told Timothy that there are many prerequisites that must first be in place before a person who desires to serve his brothers and sisters in the faith as a bishop (an overseer) or a deacon (one who minister to others) can take on these responsibilities. Moreover, Paul forbids a person who is just beginning to learn the truth and way of truth to fulfill such positions. See 1 Tim.3:1-13. Although it is neither necessary nor possible for everyone to fulfill every function and responsibility within the Father’s family, there comes a time when you should be able to make the transition from a novice to a mature steward in order to adequately fulfill your functions and responsibilities within the family. The goal of each student of truth should be to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Father and our Savior, (Is.44:6Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his (Israel’s) redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. This is who Jesus is! 1 Tm.3:16): in order to more effectively carry out their particular functions and responsibilities within the family. This type of growth is only possible through yielding to the Father’s will for one’s life and through diligent prayerful study and meditation in His laws, precepts, and principles and the fulfilling of one’s current functions and responsibilities in His earthly family to the best of one’s ability.

Grace, Faith, Works, and Stewardship

The scriptures clearly reveal that there are two kinds of faith: faith that is belief and faith that is power. Both types of faith have a positive result within a person’s life and within the Father’s family to the furtherance of His purpose for His family and the work He has given it to do. In order to successfully exercise faith that is true belief, there are two actions that must be taken:

  1. You must truly believe in the promises of God the Father in Jesus Christ.
  2. You must exercise this belief by doing what you know to be the Father’s will in your life. To know that the Lord’s will is that none should be lost, but that all come to repentance and receive the baptism of water in Jesus’ name and be gloriously filled with His indwelling Holy Spirit and to become one in like faithfulness in unity to the brethren of Jesus Christ a true Disciple in word and deed! Then grow to be an Apostle, being the LORD’S husbandman of sown fields; reaping where others have sown and graft into the living vine of the Lord’s church, and then begin to teach others to do the same!

Although the Father through Jesus Christ is extremely concerned about our well-being and has great pleasure in fulfilling His promise to help us in our efforts toward spiritual maturity and perfection, He expects us to exercise faith and works as a part of our stewardship’s functions and responsibilities within the family.

Notice what the apostle James was inspired to record about the subject of faith and works: (James 2:14-17 LBP) “Dear brothers, what’s the use of saying that you have faith and are Christians if you aren’t proving it by helping others? Will that kind of faith save anyone? If you have a friend who is in need of food and clothing, and you say to him, “Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat hearty,” and then don’t give him clothes or food, what good does that do? So you see, it isn’t enough just to have faith. You must also do good to prove that you have it. Faith that doesn’t show itself by good works is no faith at all–it is dead and useless” (vs.14-17). Please read and study the entire second chapter of James (No useful servant of God, will do the Father any good unless; He study all scripture and use it according to context correctly; for this reason Paul exclaimed all scripture is for doctrine, reproof, correction etc. 2 Tm.3:16-17: We use it to His glory or fall short of our calling!). Notice that you will be judged by what you do as well as what you believe. It is very important to understand what James is saying about works. James says it takes physical effort as well as the correct attitude to fulfill God’s laws, precepts, and principles in your life,Jn.14:15 which can only be done correctly if your love for Jesus is right before Him! It is not enough just to have faith that is belief, because belief without works is no belief at all; it is dead and useless. However, you should not try to prove your faith by doing works; true faith produces good works of itself, because it is the fruit of God’s Holy Spirit being manifested in your life, which is the love of God as He loved humanity; it will show itself in you and in others as well! For that which is of Righteousness is from the Righteous one, 1 Jn.3:7!

True faith that is belief and righteous works come from an internal desire to do what is right and good, not from a desire to prove something to another person. True faith and good works are the natural result of yielding to the influence of the Holy Spirit, being a dedicated and responsible student of the Father’s truth and way of truth in your life, and being a good steward of the functions and responsibilities that Jesus has assigned you as a member of His earthly family.

A Doer of the Word with Deeds

Stewardship has to do with being proactive in administering your personal skills, talents, gifts of the spirit and your functions and responsibilities within the Father’s earthly family. This is why the apostle James emphasized the need for faith together with works:

“But you be doers of the word, not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone hears the word, and does not do it, he is like to a man looking at his face in a mirror. Because he looks at himself and departs, and right away forgets what kind of man he was. But whoever looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues in it , he is not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed because of his work” (Jms.1:22-25 Para.)

This analogy pictures the following two categories of the elect:

  1. The person who truly understands their calling and what is required of them but does nothing about it soon forgets the awesome opportunity and responsibility as member of the Father’s family of king-priests.
  2. The person who truly understands their awesome calling and what is required of them, and do what they know they should be doing in order to be blessed for their effort, but more importantly to be a blessing to all around them, in word and deed, Ro.12:18-21; Heb.12:14-16, turn not back to the world and the care thereof!

Your attitude toward your calling determines which of these two categories you are in. In James’ analogy, self-deception seems to be the result of truly understanding the Father’s will for one’s life, but believing that it is not necessary to practice his will. In order to avoid being self-deceived, you must truly know the Father’s will and diligently practice what you know to be His will for your life. It is important to understand that James sets this instructional analogy within the context of an active pursuit of a righteous lifestyle and the various attitudes, behaviors, trials, temptations, problems, and situations that commonly occur as you work out your salvation, Jn.14:15. These are the tests and trials that will be our character building blocks, so that we will be tried by or in the fire of this world to harden and purify our hearts into hearts that are like our Fathers’ of pure Gold, of Love and Righteousness, Jn.16:33.

Lip Service

While speaking to those at Rome about the law (in the context of all that is set forth as a way of life for those who truly believe and follow the teachings of the Sovereign God), the apostle Paul states a principle that will help you bring the Father’s vision and goal for your life and salvation into focus: “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified” (Rom.2:13 KJV). Many people hear the law (i.e., the truth and the way of truth and translate it as legalism), but just hearing does not translate into a positive result in a person’s life. Paul explains that a person is justified (made righteous) by what one does as well as what one believes. It is the application of truth and your faith, which brings a positive result in one’s life. When we step out in Faith it is accounted to us as in Righteousness by works, the act of doing something is in fact our justification through our faith in glorifying the Father. Learning the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for His earthly family is meaningless unless what is learned is put into practice in such a way that it furthers the Sovereign Father’s purpose for one’s calling and one’s existence as a member of his family; as well as edifying the whole church family. The failure of the majority of the Father’s children to diligently apply His truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for His earthly family as a function of their stewardship is a root cause of the doctrinal chaos and the lack of unity within His family during this age. For this is our reasonable service to the Father; to carry our His will and commandments, Romans12:1-2. This is the reason of lack of power in today’s churches, for they lack unity in prayer, fasting, Holiness, Righteousness, and accountability for what has been learned! The doing of it! Jesus said If we love Him we will keep His commandments, this means doing them and He will reward them with what they pray for! Because they know and do His will they know how and what to pray and how to pray for it, in the power of the Holy Spirit in them! This is what makes an Apostle, one who is as the Father is! He walks in truth and lives in the scriptures! Otherwise how can we say that we have put on Christ Jesus and not walk therein?

Rules of Conduct

Once the rules of conduct that govern the Father’s earthly family are

taught, learned, and diligently practiced, internal problems within the family can be easily managed.    The following are some of the beneficial results of teaching, learning, and diligently practicing these rules of conduct. We must teach accountability!

  • Expose an errant member’s attitudes and behaviors regardless of their function or responsibility within the family. See Gal.2:11-21; 2 Tim.3:1-9; 2 Thes.3:6-15; Titus 3:9-11; 2 Jn.1:6-11
  • Provide quick and just resolution to attitudinal and behavioral problems, which usually stems from our adversary, and getting away from scripture! See Matt.8:16; 1 Cor.5:6-13; Rom.16:17; 1 Tim.6:1-5.
  • Maintain peace and harmony within the family. See Matt.5:21-25 settle matters quickly between brethren; Acts 15:1-41; Rom.12:9-10, 14:1-23; Eph.4:1-3; Col.3:12-17; 1 Jn.5:14-17. Disciples and stewards should strive to model themselves after Romans chapter 8; & 12; and the rest of the Epistles for that is, what they are for, to keep order in our Father’s earthy house our church that He purchased with His own blood, Ac.20:28, and move ever forward in unity, strength and maturity, in the hope of our salvation in all faith. The last possible course of action to take is in, 1 Tm.1:20, sometimes you must give them over to Satan and hope they will come to their senses and repent after the Lord chastises them sufficiently!

Your Unity and Purpose

It is clear that the Father’s holy nation and family of king-priests on earth was originally conceived and established to function as a team effort to accomplish its task; the Lord knew Adam could not do it on his own so He (God) made him a help meet to bring joint endeavors to be; because two working together is better than one by himself and a threefold cord is not easily broken, Ecc.4:8-12, how much more will the impact of our church be, if all get in tune and step with our Lord’s Holy Spirit leading the way in unity! Those called to be students and stewards within His holy nation and family are intended to be loving and caring individuals who, while proclaiming His good news message (the gospel), are to exhibit the holy lifestyle taught to them to be as an example to this world, to be part of it but not to be of it, 2 Cor.6:17-18, Ac.2:40, Jm.4:4; 1 Jn.2:15-17; without holiness and righteousness no man will enter into His kingdom!

During this age, there is no central authority on earth governing the Sovereign Father’s family of king-priests scattered throughout the nations, and there is no central authority clearly and concisely teaching the Father’s truth and way of truth to His scattered children. However, His family and nation does exist. The task given to His family to proclaim His message and educate His newly adopted children has not changed. The requirements for living a righteous lifestyle and being a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student (or vessel,            1 Cor.3:16-17 do not defile it, spiritually or physically!) of truth and the way of truth has not changed. Moreover, the requirement to be a faithful and profitable steward of the functions and responsibilities with which one is entrusted has not changed. So what has changed? The only thing that has changed is the perception of what it means to be a dedicated, diligent, teachable student of truth and a profitable steward in the Father’s earthly family of king-priests. Paul explained to the Corinthians that all members of the Father’s earthly family have an important function and responsibility within the family and are vital to its success. This is why we must endeavor to make sure all members receive the Holy Spirit, for without the Holy Spirit we labor in vain. For how are we to know God’s will for us unless we are led and taught by the Holy Spirit? We are to pick up the weaker brother and not let Him founder in being unlearned, for he will become the weak link in our chain! Mt.9:25 and Peter in Ac.9:40, for where there in unbelief it will keep an act of God’s glory and mercy from being fulfilled!

Distribution of Power and a Unified Body

1 Corinthians 12:1-27:

“Now God gives many kinds of special abilities, but it is the same Holy Spirit which is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service to God, but it is the same Lord we are serving. There are many ways in which God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work in and through all of us who are His. The spirit displays God’s power through each of us as a means of helping the entire church” (vs.4-7 LPB) Paul says that different authorizations, gifts, and powers are given for the benefit of the entire family: “For to one is given by the spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same spirit; To another faith by the same spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of languages; To another the interpretation of languages” (vs.8-10 KJV). There are three very important things to learn about spiritual authorizations and powers from these three verses:

  1. Not everyone is given the same authorization or power.
  2. It is one spirit through which these authorizations and powers flow. (98)
  3. That it is possible to grow in these spiritual gifts, through prayer and fasting, so that we may glorify the Father in our service to Him. Ask and you shall receive, Mt.6:33; 7:7-8, etc till Mt.5:48 becomes a reality.

Distribution of Power

The distribution of spiritual gifts within the family is for the purpose of unifying the body into a single powerful and effective force in order to accomplish the Father’s goals for its existence: “But the one and same spirit works all these things, distributing separately to each as he wills. For as the body is one, and has many members, but all the members of the one body, being many, is one body: so also is Christ. For also we all were baptized by one spirit into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, even all were given to drink into one spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:11-13 Para.). What seems to escape many of the Father’s children during this age is that the Father’s family is a single entity within which each individual member has stewardship over important functions and responsibilities that must be performed for the benefit of the entire family and its collective work.

A Powerful and Unified Body

  “For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, because I am not the hand, I am not a part of the body. Is this true? And if the ear says, because I am not the eye, I am not a part of the body. Is this true? If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If the whole were an ear, how could it smell? But God has set each and every member in the body as it has pleased him”: If the body was only one part, how could it be a body? But, the body is made up of many differing parts, yet, it is one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, I do not need you, nor the head to the feet, I do not need you:” (Vs.14-21 Para.), of 1 Cor.12.

If each member of the Father’s family is necessary for it to function properly and perform its collective responsibility, why is it not functioning as a unified entity during this age? The answer to this question is simple. The family as a whole is dysfunctional in this age, because few of its members know and understand what it means to be a student of the truth and the way of truth and a steward of their individual and collective functions and responsibilities. Moreover, most of those who do know and understand these things are not practicing them or fulfilling their personal and collective functions and responsibilities in a diligent and expeditious manner. See Revelation, chapters 2 and 3–“he that has an ear, let him hear what the spirit says to the called ones.” We must learn to overcome this world and our very own flesh which doeth hinder us! We must learn to operate in the Holy Spirit, that which is flesh is flesh and that which is Spirit is Spirit, Jn.3:6! The flesh profiteth nothing it is the Spirit that quickeneth, Jn.6:63! We must learn to walk not by sight but by the Holy Spirit leading us into all truths and powers! The more we know to be true the more our faith grows! Mt.17:20-21; 21:21-22: Keys to the power of God!

Paul completes his reprimand and instruction to the Corinthians with the following facts and an appeal for them to put aside their pettiness; concerning who has the greater gift, who holds the greater position of honor, and who is the more important member of the family:

“The parts of the body, which seem to be weak and less important and are extremely necessary. And those parts of the body, which we feel less worthwhile we pay more attention; therefore, these parts become more important in relation to the other parts of the body. Moreover, the other parts need less attention. Therefore, God has assembled the body, so that the seeming less important parts will receive greater attention in order to eliminate division in the body and so that each member receives the same care. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member receives honor, all the members rejoice with that member. Now you are the body of Christ as individual members” (vs.22-27). For a great work to be accomplished during this age, individuals who are dedicated, responsible, and teachable students and stewards of the truth and way of truth having unity of thought and purpose must come together. The apostle Paul has this advice to the church regarding unity of purpose and spirit:

“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited” (Rom.12:16 NIV).

“Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Cor.1:10 KJV). See also Eph.4:1-16; 1 Pet.4:1-2.

Although Paul spoke to the Corinthians specifically concerning the stewardship of the ministry, his instruction clearly applies to all members in the Father’s family, because all have stewardship over their particular functions and responsibilities to himself and within his family (The Church family, as well as being ministers at home in their own homes among all their children, as well as all members of their extended families!).

“Let a man so account of us, as of the servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that a man is found faithful” 1 Cor.4:1-2 KJV.

Judgment and Rewards

The Father promises immortal life to all who live a righteous lifestyle during this age; however, the authority, the office, and the glory that you will receive in the Father’s heavenly family and kingdom are predicated on how you carry out your stewardship of your skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and functions and responsibilities with which you are entrusted. See Dan.12:3; Matt.25:14-30; 2 Cor.9:6-15.

Judgment

Because judgment and rewards are predicated on what you do with your skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and the functions and responsibilities with which you are entrusted. It is extremely important for you to seek to know what these gifts are, (when you step out believing in faith all things are possible, the Lord will make a way, He will confirm your faith, so until you know for sure what your gifts are go forth just knowing if it is in God’s will than it will happen, it may not be a instantaneous, but it will happen if you can see it as if it has already happened, then it will, especially if two or more agree together with one another.), and then diligently use them to the best of your ability for the benefit of the Father, His family, and your spiritual growth. The following scriptures reinforce the fact that each person who has been made a part of the Father’s holy nation and royal family on earth is required to do works: “For we all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what we did, whether good or bad” (2 Cor.5:10 Para.). Every day we die daily whether we want to admit it or not; what we do with the time the Lord gives us is extremely important, what we do with it and who is being served by our actions! Are you being served for your own needs or is God and His kingdom being served?

Make no mistake. There will be a judgment of the elect of God and all of humanity. For the faithful elect, this judgment will be at the first resurrection because a life filled with learning the Father’s truth and way of truth, practicing this truth, and being a profitable trustworthy steward in His family, will be rewarded whether good or bad, 1 Pt.4:16-19. Those of the first resurrection will not be judged at the second resurrection as in, Matt.25:32-40. For the rebellious unprofitable steward within the Father’s family, there will be the resurrection to death from which there is no return because of a life filled with evil works or a life of no works at all as noted in Matthew 25:14-30. See also Matt.25:41-46; Lk.19:12-27. Because Jesus is head of the church and the administrator of the Father’s kingdom (Jesus is the builder of that house, for all things were created for Him and by Him; who has more honor the house or the builder of the house: Heb.3:1-15, Jn.1:1-5 refer to Jn.8:12 refer to Gen.1:3 God created himself to be light and divide the world into two realms good and evil, which was orderly and one of confusion. And then in verse 4 He separated everything and made order of it! Then He went about putting creation in order; but this is another lesson not for now!), He will judge the quality of each person’s works for the Father: “But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you despise your brother? For all shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it has been written, I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to me, and every tongue confess to God. So then each one of us will give account concerning himself to God” (Rom.14:10-12 KJV Para.). See also 2 Cor.5:10-11(so let us judge ourselves to His standards, for we are to judge no one, but we are to judge ourselves most seriously because of His standards, by His Word we will stand or be cut asunder!: Mt.4:4; Lk.6:46; Mt.24:35!). Each of the Father’s children must give an account of their life and the works that they have or have not done.

Rewards

For those who have been given the opportunity to participate in the first resurrection, the rewards that can be received for diligent service to the Father our Lord Jesus Christ, are awesome and far above any offered to those who come after them. See 1 Cor.1:9-31; 2:9-16; (Jms.2:5; Lk.12:1-59; Ex.20:6); Heb.11:35; 1 Cor.13:1-2. The apostles, John and Paul, recorded the following concerning attitudes, behaviors, and rewards for spiritual work during this age of salvation: “And he said to me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he who is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be” (Rev.22:10-12 KJV). See also Rom.2:7; Matt.19:16-17; Lk.10:25-28; 18:18-27. “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, and then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be you steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Cor.15:52-58 KJV). See also Heb.6:10.

Summary Comments Part 2

A Student and Steward of Truth

Being a student and steward of the Father’s truth and way of truth is not an optional commitment within the Father’s earthly family and holy nation; being a student and steward is mandatory. When you become a part of the Father’s earthly family, you automatically become a student and steward of truth and are to participate in a lifelong process of learning, practicing, and perfecting the concepts and principles of His truth under the tutelage of Christ and through the teaching and guidance of His Holy Spirit dwelling within you, Jn.14:18, (let this be an forever kindled Fire!!). Moreover, as you begin to mature spiritually, you must begin to assume the functions and responsibilities that you have been called to perform as a member of the Father’s family.

It is at this point that the educational process and the practice of being a profitable steward within the Father’s family have mostly broken down during this age of the church. Since the demise of the early church, the teachings of Christ and the apostles concerning stewardship have been watered down and have given way too many of the teachings of counterfeit Christianity. Because of this, most of the spiritual leaders among the elect have assumed many of the functions and responsibilities that clearly belong to each individual member of the Father’s family. The removal of these functions and responsibilities from their rightful owners has robbed many family members not only of opportunities to grow spiritually but also of potential opportunities to serve the Father, their fellow king-priests, and of the potential rewards for this service.

For most of the Father’s family, the lack of understanding true discipleship and the lack of performance of true stewardship has existed for many centuries. Although the solution to this problem is simple, few are willing to implement it for various reasons that are in opposition to the letter and spirit of the Father’s truth and way of truth. The reality is that, the solution will not be implemented throughout the Father’s entire Family; however, it can be implemented and exercised on a personal level in the minds, hearts, and actions of those who truly understand their responsibility; to be a willing and dedicated student and steward of the Father’s truth and way of truth and learn to serve others with His kind of love for all mankind!

Being an Active Steward

Because your performance as a steward within the Father’s family will determine your eternal destiny, it is important to again state the following:

  • The basic function of a steward is to care for another person’s affairs or possessions with which the steward is entrusted.
  • Under the stewardship of Christ which is the Father, Jn.10:30, Ac.10:36 Lord of all, Jn.14:6, has entrusted His children with stewardship over His truth and way of truth, which they are to learn and practice to the best of their ability while administering their individual skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and functions and responsibilities within His family as king-priests. See 1 Pet.4:1-13 because if we are living according to His statutes we will suffer persecution and tribulations in this life time, Jn.16:33 and we will be glorified as He was also! We must overcome this world and its carnalities of the flesh or perish with all non-believers to the Lake of Fire were the worm dieth not and you are the fuel for the fire, Eze.21:32!
  • A steward within the Father’s family is a student of the Father’s truth, His way of truth, and His rules of conduct for His earthly family and is responsible for practicing and perfecting what is being learned. See Eph.4:11-16.
  • One thing we all can do right off the start, is start a intercessory prayer ministry, for the sick, those in prison, and those with special needs, work, jobs, and a city wide and worldwide Church Revival and for your church as well; to reach lost souls, and ask Him to let you grow in the Lord daily, for this is where we will get the most work done at the beginning; for we can do nothing on our own unless He is in it, Jn.15:1-9. By the power of the Holy Spirit (Which is LOVE! 1 Jn.4:8!) we become His overcomers.
  • Every new convert must establish a constant prayer life and learn how to pray without ceasing in order to grow in function and maturity!

Functions and Responsibilities

There are clearly functions and responsibilities of stewardship that belong to those in official positions of service within the Father’s family, such as the ministry, Eph.4:11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: and individuals assigned to assist widows, orphans, (Jm.1:27Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.). However, these individuals are not the only ones within the Father’s family who are obligated to be stewards. Stewardship is a function and a responsibility assigned to each member of the Father’s family. This is noted in many of Christ’s parables and the teachings of the apostles. The question is whether or not all the members in the Father’s family of earthly king-priest are stewards, because all members are commanded to be stewards. The question is what are the specific functions and responsibilities of a steward within the Father’s family? In order to answer this question a person must diligently search and study the scriptures to know and understand these functions and responsibilities and their application within the family. Clearly in order to perform certain stewardship functions and responsibilities, a person must be an active participant in a local congregation of the elect. However, the performance of many functions and responsibilities of stewardship within the Father’s family do not require being a member of a local congregation, for we could be part of many. The following is a short list of some of the many stewardship functions and responsibilities that apply to each member within the Father’s earthly family of king-priests.

Active Stewardship

  • Administration of your natural skills, talents, and spiritual gifts (Eph.4:1-16; 1 Cor.14:12)
  • Function as an active team member within the Father’s family (Eph.4:16)
  • Love for each family member (Rom.12:1-21; 1 Pet.1:22-23, 4:1-19; 1Jn.4:21)
  • Understand your opportunity of salvation (2 Cor.5:9-10; Phil.2:10 & 12)
  • Be a righteous example to the ungodly (Matt.5:14-16, 19-20, 21-48 through chapter 7:1-27; Eph.5:8-10; 1 Thes.5:22; 2 Pet.1:19-21, for our righteousness is brought to us from on High by His Prophets and Apostles in His Word; if we obey their words and commandments, Jn.15:20, that were given to us from on High by the Holy Spirit Himself!!! Mt.12:31-32 remember verse 30 if we don’t gather with Him we had better be scattering His seed which is the gospel or He will have none of us! Mk.8:35; Mt.10:28-42)
  • Be responsible for your discipleship (2 Tim.2:15; Titus 3:14; Rom.14:11-12)
  • Be responsible for your spirit and spiritual growth (2 Tim.2:15; 2 Tim.3:16-17; 1 Pet.3:16-17)
  • Work out your salvation (Phil.2:12; 1 Thes.5:21 read all of 1 Thes. 5.)
  • Take responsibility for the conduct and teaching of your children (1 Tim.3:4-5, & 12; Prov.22:6)
  • Serve family members (Gal.5:13-14)
  • Practice God’s law (Jms.2:8; 1 Jn.2:4-6 & 15-17; 3:22-24, 5:3-4, *20*)
  • Preserve knowledge and understanding of the truth (Heb.4:14, 10:23-25; Rev.2:25-29, 3:3, 5, 12, 19-22 remember to listen: 22He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.)
  • Submit to authority (Rom.13:1-2 ff.-10; 1 Pet.2:15-17; Heb.13:17; Titus 3:1-2)
  • Share and be hospitable (Rom.12:13; 1 Pet.4:9-10)
  • Visit the sick and remain pure (Jms.1:27)

Problem Resolution

It is obvious from the many problems within the various congregations of the Father’s family that few see the benefit or the urgency in handling ministerial, interpersonal, or collective problems in accordance with the judicial system set forth by Christ and the apostles. However, problem resolution is an important function and responsibility of each member of the Father’s family.

The cure for problems within the Father’s family is amazingly simple–the cure is adhering to the Father’s rules of conduct for His family members. However, few are willing to implement the cure because of peer pressure, a misguided sense of loyalty or duty, or the fear of loss of friends, fellowship, or position in the church. All of these are the wrong reasons for not carrying out one’s stewardship concerning problem solving within the Father’s family. Rebuke, conflict resolution, or punishment of an errant Family member is mostly unpleasant experiences; nonetheless, these are functions and responsibilities of each steward (Who is in Ministerial position refer to Eph.4:11 for the five fold ministry, for teaching!), in the Father’s family. When problem resolution is administered correctly, it yields the fruit of righteousness.

 Priestly Functions within the Father’s Family

  • Help resolve personal problems (Gal.6:1-2)
  • Intercede to the Father on behalf of all family members (Eph.6:18; Jms.5:16)
  • Intercede to the Father on behalf of an errant family member (1 Jn.5:14-17; Jms.5:16)
  • Reprimand and forgive (Lk.17:3-4)
  • Practice the sacrifice of ministerial support (Phil.4:16-18)
  • Practice the sacrifice of praise (Heb.13:15-16)
  • Serve and sacrifice (Rom.12:1-2). All of Romans in chapter 8 & 12 can be an in-depth study of how to walk in God’s favor. (We find favour with God when we adhere to all scriptures; for that is how we become perfect and mature, 2 Tm.3:16-17; Jn.15:20 we must adhere to the apostles doctrines without fail!)

Due Diligence as a Steward

Your basic responsibility as a steward is to manage everything that the Father has given into your care, whether physical possessions (as well as your own finances, Pr.22:7), skills, personal skills, talents, and gifts of the spirit, or a position of service within his family. Each steward is required to use what they have been given in order to increase their personal worth to the Father and accomplish something of value for Him to claim as His own when they give an account of their life’s work. See Matt.25:14-30; 2 Cor.5:10. A person who is serious about their salvation will make an every effort to become educated in the various aspects of stewardship within the Father’s family, and then actively perform the functions and responsibilities that apply to them to the best of their ability; happily for they are knowing that they are laying up a treasure of unspeakable joy to come, with a crown of life with countless jewels of glory in it, for all the lost souls being brought to the Lord: For we are His living stones, 1 Peter 2:5 and (jewels) Rev. 2; 3; Mal.3:16-18.

Final Summary

Although discipleship and stewardship are different in execution, one is dependent on the other because neither can fulfill the purpose for which it was designed without the other. Moreover, both discipleship and stewardship must be performed simultaneously in order for one to be a viable and productive member of the Father’s family. Discipleship is learning the Father’s truth and way of truth and stewardship is practicing what one has learned. Discipleship and stewardship within the Fathers family is to be a cooperative effort, not a competition to see who can obtain the highest position of honor and prominence within the family it is to build and to edify what already exists! Discipleship and stewardship should be performed to help build the family into a more spiritually mature entity in order to perform the work for which it was established. The importance of discipleship and stewardship goes to the very core of one’s relationship with God the Father our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; with one’s brothers and sisters in the faith, and the work of church.

Clearly, if you are serious about your eternal destiny, you should pay careful attention to the many instructions concerning your discipleship and stewardship within the Father’s family. The writer to the Hebrews said the following concerning the awesome opportunity offered to those called to salvation during this age: “But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? Therefore, we ought (to owe or pay back a dept or to take upon you a requirement to be fulfilled as in following a commandment; as when the Lord says to go see unto it! The thing must be done or we will face His wrath to come!); to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by them that heard him [i.e., Christ] . . .” (Heb.1:13-14; 2:1-3 KJV).

The Decision Is Yours

The decision of whether or not to become a willing, dedicated, responsible, and teachable student of truth and a faithful steward of the skills, talents, gifts of the spirit, and functions and responsibilities with which you have been entrusted belongs unto you alone. You must decide what to do with the awesome opportunity to become an immortal spirit-being within the Father’s family and kingdom, because our heavenly Father in Jesus Christ will not decide for you, you must seek a position on your own, and most assuredly if you fail to accept a position that He has instructed you to do or use His gifts wisely or unwisely, and do not fulfill your obligation to Him you will be held accountable just as Jonah was; even the servant that was torn asunder and cast out to outer darkness were there will be gnashing of teeth.

Each individual can quit, standstill, or go forward in their relationship with the Sovereign Father and Savior. This decision is ours alone. Whether we succeed or fail is entirely our responsibility. Our eternal destiny is totally in our control. Regarding each individuals responsibility to choose; this is the free will given to all, which is of God; the Creator God told ancient Israel in Deuteronomy 30:15-16: “See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command you this day to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that you may live and multiply: and the Lord your God shall bless you in the land where you go to possess.” The Creator God gave ancient Israel an opportunity of life or death, just as the Sovereign Father is giving the opportunity of life and death to those He calls to salvation during this age. This is why Paul said the following to the elect at Philippi: “Wherefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which works in you both to will and to do his good pleasure” (Phil.2:12-13 KJV). See also, 1 Cor.10:13; Gal.6:3-10; 2 Tm.2:19-22. The instruction to “work out your own salvation” means that you must manage your life in such a way that it conforms to God’s laws, precepts, and principles, Is.28:9-13. To do this, you must expend a sincere amount of time and diligent effort to learn the Father’s truth and way of truth and diligently practice it within your life in faith believing God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him, Heb.11:6.

Only when you sincerely seek to learn, understand, and live according to the Father’s laws, precepts, and principles and respect, love, obey, and please Him, can He work His will and purpose in your life. Whether or not you are fortunate enough to have fellowship with other members of the Father’s family, or not, it is your responsibility to contribute to the success of His entire earthly family of king-priests through being educated in His truth and way of truth and being the best steward within His family that you can be. The Father and our Lord Jesus has committed himself and His tremendous resources to helping us succeed and obtain the goal of salvation. In order to succeed, all one has to do is put forth an honest effort. See Matt.6:25-34; Heb.13:5-7 remember Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever, Heb.13:8; Jn.14:12-14; Rom.14:11-18; Phil.2:12. Because God the Father our Lord Jesus Christ wants us to succeed, He has given us a manual for our success, it is the Bible. All we have to do is study that manual, take it to heart what is recorded in it, and diligently apply what is learned in it, to our life. If we do this, success is guaranteed if you truly Love Him without His kind of love in you, you will not succeed: It takes the Holy Ghost kind of love in order to succeed!!!

In order to be His we have to allow ourselves to be used as He was; without care to self just follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in all we say or do and allow Him to lead us into all truths, in holiness and righteousness, without which no man will enter into His kingdom, Heb.12:14!

Jesus said He is the way, the truth, and the life we are to be as Him in this present day and age not conforming to this world and its doctrines of social economies; as in lust of money, for covetousness of anything but God is putting something before Him which will lead to all mankind’s fall, See, 2 Chr.9:13 the mark of the beast 666 capitalism the love of money is the root of all evil, 1 Tm.6:10.

We must be conformed into Jesus Christ by being baptized in His name, Ac.4:12, putting on Christ and being born-again, 1 Cor.5:9-21 we see in Gal.3:27For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. We have the promise of life eternal in peace with our heavenly Father our Lord Jesus Christ who has purchased us with His own blood, Ac.20:28Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which He hath purchased with his own blood.

If we fail to gather in the gifts of the Lord we cannot perform all that is in the Father’s will for His children; His children are to be strong in faith and in works of His kind as in the supernatural realms which are to be natural to those who are born again of the Holy Spirit; without which no man will see the eternal kingdom, Ro.8:9, but fall into perdition with this world and its sort who cannot come to believe in all scripture, for it takes all scripture to come to Jesus and be His forever living in His truth and the power of His eternal Spirit living in you!

Grow in maturity and study to show thyself approved rightly dividing His word by living correctly in it; the scriptures, should be seen in you and be apparent by your conduct, by your speech, and most importantly by your actions towards all; in and out of the family of God, we must have a good report with all people, not just the church! Live in the Lord and grow daily as we become ever closer to being like Jesus Christ until we have sacrificed all, from love of God, towards all men! He gave His all to all; we must do the same if we dare think ourselves His disciples, let alone stewards of His grace!

He gave all to the whole world and we must do the same to be like Him, do we not? If He gave all; that is all He will be looking for in us, as well!

By: B.L. Cocherell & By:

Lords Way Ministries
Humble servant and Reverend G. L. Boyett

Holiness and Oneness Scriptures; for your individual studies!

2 Cor.6:14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty: see Mt.1:23 and Is.9:6 Jesus is God Almighty, the God of All in All, 1Cor.15:28 and God all by Himself; whether you want to admit it or not! There is no other God besides Him ye I know not any; Is.44:6Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his (Jacob Israel’s Bride who has made themselves spotless and those gentiles, who have been grafted in!) redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. 7And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them. 8Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.

Is.41:4Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he: Is.43:10Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. 11I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. Is.45:5I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: 6That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else. 7I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. 8Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.

Deu.4:35Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him. Deu.32:39See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand. 40For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live forever. 41If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me. 42I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh; and that with the blood of the slain and of the captives, from the beginning of revenges upon the enemy. 43Rejoice, O ye nations, with his people: for he will avenge the blood of his servants, and will render vengeance to his adversaries, and will be merciful unto his land, and to his people.

1 Sam.2:2There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God. 2 Sam.22:31As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him. 32For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God? Joel2:27And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. All of this is for nought if we don’t come to grips with these verses and tie them all together; just as He is one, Zech.14:9And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one!

Mk.12:29And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: 30And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And this by Jesus himself: Jn.10:30 I and the Father are One; Jn.8:24 You will die in your sins if you do not believe I Am He: Jn.20:28And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. Mt.1:23 call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us! Jn.12:45And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me! Jn.14:7If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. 8Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. 9Jesus saith unto him: “Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?”

This was given to me from our Lord Jesus Christ personally; For all who will hear what thus sayeth the Lord!

Isaiah59:1-21 The Lord will always have a prophet, for His generation; BY Rev. G. L. Boyett. Rev.19:10; Ecc.12:7-14; Ps.2:1-12; Is.55:1-13; Mal.3:16-18; Deu.28:14; Josh.1:7; Deu.5:32-33; Jn.14:15; Mt.7:13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at:  14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Mt.22:14For many are called, but few are chosen. Lk.6:46And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 47Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:  48He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 49But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

Mt.10: 37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. See what I have said in Mk.8:35 are you doing the same for Me?  40He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. Mt.12:30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.  32And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. 1Pt1: 20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2Tm.3:16-17. 1 Pt.1:10Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Have I not spoken it shall it not surely come to pass? My words have left My mouth and will not come back empty, for they will accomplish all that I have said for them to do, or My name is not the Lord of Hosts!

Mt5:48; 6:33: Jn.5:14; 8:11: All of this is that you will never have to say: Eli, Eli, lama Sabachthani? Are you; Anathema? You are if you have not been baptized, Mt.4:17, in the only name by which salvation comes, Ac.4:12; 2:38-39; Mk.16:16! Your sins keep your prayers from Me, Pr.15:8; 28:9; Man created a false since of religion that is not according to My scripture; so how can a man stand before Me when he comes to Me; to have an answer for himself; for all those who think they are mine; just because you say I’m a Christian and yet you still live in sin, you are living in a lie, Lk.6:46 you will not stand, Phip.2:10, you will bow before being drug off screaming! Sinners will see the error in horror and say Lord if I had known, I would have done better; and I will answer and say, “Did I not send Paul, and my prophets, apostles, and disciples to you telling you to emulate him and Me; in a more excellent way 1 Cor.12:31; 1Pt.1:11-16, Mt.5:48; and to work out your salvation with fear and trembling? You have not, because you have lost your first love, Me and My Way, and My way is My Will, Lk.11:28But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it!

Every word My Spirit has uttered unto My prophets has been foretold to you and you receive it not; that you may have salvation and you keep regarding it as hearsay and heresy and put thine own words above mine; you have not because you always ask a miss! Even when I came to you myself you reject Me and the words I  have spoken unto you all things that are eternal life, with Me, fore I change not, Mal.3:6, Mt.24:35! For I told you that I spoke that which had been given unto Me from my Father which is my Spirit, because the flesh is always to please the Spirit and if you had known Me you would have known My Father for we are One in the same, Jn.10:30; 12:45; 14:7-9; 20:28 is not My name Immanuel? Jesus is My Greek name, My name in My children’s language is Yashuah this Joshua, meaning Lord is Salvation, am I not your saviour, Titus2:10-15, that has bought you with My own blood, Ac.20:28, Jn.8:24, and 58 I am, the I am, Jude 1:25; Jn.17:3?! Ecc.12:7; 1Tm.3:16; Ro.8:1-9, unless you have Me, you are none of Mine without My Spirit in you, Jn.3:3-18, 14:18; Ro.8:9!For this reason I told you to be baptized in My name, by my disciples did I not? Ac.4:12; 2:38-39; 10:44-48; 19:1-7? Have not I given them the keys to heaven and whatever they bind on earth will be, and is bound in heaven, and has not My prophet John sealed the Book of Life, Rv.22:18-19, that none should add to it or take away from it; so how is it you have not heeded every Holy Spirit filled word that I have given you, Mt.4:4; Lk.4:4; Gal.1:8-9? 2 Tm.3:16-17!

This is the blasphemy that will never be forgiven in this age or the next that I spoke of: Mt.12:30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. 32And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come: Because you have not kept My Commandments and have put your words above Mine! If you had Loved Me unconditionally as I loved you, you would have had a fervent desire, a fire that could not have been quenched because it would have been a supernatural fire, Ro.12:1-12, to know Me and My Will for you,  but you would not have My Word for your Counsellor, Jn.1:14; Is.9:6, Mt.12:48-50?

But you sought unwise council because you had twitching ears, you had no desire to reach out to your brother, Mt.12:30, Jn.15:13 as I have done for you; with the same love that I showed unto you: While you were yet sinners I gave Myself for you that you should not have to bear My wrath to come, Ro.2:4, you said you would at repentance, and yet you returned to the mire from which I pulled you out, Heb.12:25-29: Yet I told you to go and sin no more, unless a worse thing come upon you did I not, Jn.5:14; 8:11?! Now I will hear you say, “my God my God why have you forsaken me?!” Lk.6:46; Mt.7:21-23: Now are my angels and saints saying, “Maranatha”  fore I am about to shut the door, and I have given you strong delusions, because you seek your path and have gotten far from Me! Gabriel has the Trumpet to His lips and Michael awaits My command to give the shout for Me to receive My Bride, who has made herself ready for Me; who shout, “Maranatha!!!”

Is Not The Whole World Lost: That Has Not Been Redeemed?

The Lord of Hosts will not look you over for metals of honor, he will not look you over for all your educational degrees, but He will look you over for scars you received waging war against the world and its master, the adversary of truth! Only those who have a child like love in their hearts will enter into His; the Lord’s kingdom! Those who have cried and prayed; countless tears and prayers, for their families and friends and more importantly for all those, who are lost! Those souls who will spend eternity in Hell that was designed for Satan and all the fallen angels, who left their first estate and became lost in disbelief and disobedience!

The sin of Adam and Eve still working today as well, with the same line Satan used on Eve, Satan said, “Did the Lord really say that you would surly die?” “You will not surly die you will be as they and know all things, you will not surly die!” Satan was right you will not surly die, for you will live forever, in the Lake of Fire and he will be your new task master with all the fallen angels tormenting you forever, as you become the fuel for the fire, Eze.21:32, in a land that will not remember you anymore; forever forgotten, screaming in vain, where no one cares or will even hear your cries! No one will have sympathy for you; were you are going! Sin is sin, Ro.6:23; 1 Jn.2:15-17; 1 Jn.3:1-11 without His Love in you; you are in sin, Ro.8:9, no matter how small; all sin will be punished in the lake of fire!

Only those who have given their hearts, minds, spirits, souls, and spend all their strength living for the Lord, with a pure heart,                 2 Tm.2:22, will make it to heaven and be in His presence forever, Mt.22:14 and few there will be! I fail to see how anyone can enjoy this earth and their presence here with all the sin laying at the door, waiting to devour even the strongest, which have lost sight of Jesus just for a moment, Lk.9:62; who have fallen back into perdition, because they failed to keep growing in the Lord’s grace. To be forever backsliding into Hell! Satan is pouring out the oil to the floor in which man steps every day; to try and cause him to slide into perdition Forever Lost!

We are at war; and all  of mankind does not even want to admit who we are fighting: Satan and His imps who have given themselves over to carnality and worldly views such as Hollywood with TV shows of gay and lesbianism couples raising children, while allowing those children to be exposed to that kind of life style as the new norm; which teaches liberalism, and amendments to our constitutional rights to live in a God fearing nation as our original founding father’s fought and died for: Our rights are vanishing; to anything goes coconsciousness (means to be unaware of what is going on around you, living in a false reality of opposite realms where bad is really good and good is really bad, this is the world of today), of immorality and lewdness, the lost reality of our founding fathers ideology turned over to idolatry and covetous and gain seeking wealth and riches for popularity at the cost of souls; to all those children plugged into their schemes to monopolize them into their way of thinking and life styles that they pose as correct and free loving!

The new age of escapism and living in a world of make believe; just as other in our own ranks worship a God who is not according to scripture, for they have made Him up in their own minds! Those who say I’m saved by grace and faith alone, never heeding His (Jesus’, our LORD and SAVIOUR, GOG, ALMIGHTY! Is.9:6; Mt.1:23; 1 Tm.3:16; Jn.10:30; 20:28!), words, Jn.15:20Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. Where is our persecution? Well guess what if you believe the way I believe it is coming and very soon; we will get the opportunity to die for our Lord! They have already labeled us as preaching hate just because our Lord and saviour new that homosexuality is not a natural act! It is lust of the flesh and is a decision; they were not born that way, they decided to act upon their lustful desires; which can be converted over to right thinking, if they are truly born again of His Holy Spirit, which are perfect as He is perfect without spot or blemish, Mt.5:48!

With all that we should be doing for the Lord and looking to reach the lost how can we find any joy here in this temporary home: Jm.4:7Submit your selves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up; How can we enjoy this world when it is all going to be burning for eternity, when the Lord makes a final end to it, 2 Pt.3:10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 13Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Jms.4:4Ye adulterers and adulteresses (Those who seek the world and live in the flesh of it! Ro.8:6For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God!), Back to Jms.4:4, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. The Lord is looking for a bride who has made herself ready (The ELITE of the Elect!), she is without spot and wrinkle; how is one to do this? With man it is impossible but with God all things become as it were already fulfilled! Ps.32:1Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. Ro.8:4That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Ro.4:8Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. The Elect the Redeemed! Those who strive with this world everyday to make sure we find Jesus in our lives as we let Him walk in us and lead us to His glory land! Not by might not by power but by my Spirit thus sayeth the Lord, Zech.4:6: If we walk not in the Spirit how are we to go forward?

Draw near to like minded men of God and seek ye the best way in which to go. Look around and find you a seeker of God and follow him to the house of the Lord and find ye salvation in the Lord of Hosts’ name, Ac.4:12 for there is no salvation but in Jesus’ name and in the baptism of grace washing away all your sins in the pool of remission of sin, Ac.2:38-40, then go and sin no more unless a worse thing come upon you, Jn.5:14; 8:11! Let us seek the Lord while He may be found, for very soon all will vanish away; just as the door on the ark went under water, never to be seen again, until the justified were brought forth, to finish the work of the Lord that He had for them to do! In all the world only eight was found saved, and in this time only one third will be found worthy of our Lord’s Blood, Zech.13:7Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones. 8And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein. 9And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God. If the Lord spared not Israel during the first three trials in Egypt why do you think we will not be tried in the fire to come? For at least these: Dan.12:12Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. This is the times and times and a half Daniel spoke of Dan.12:7, in which the author of Hebrews let known we will have to resist unto blood, Heb.12:4Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

Only those who have been tried will be brought to glory who have proved their heart with actions of loyalty to His word and His Name for His word will be exalted above all His name. Psalm 138:1I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. 2I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy loving kindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word, above all, thy name: 3In the day when I cried thou answeredst me and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. 4All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth. 5Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD. 6Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. 7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. 8The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth forever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. That means to finish what He hath started making right, which will be tried as Jesus was tried and tested, for when we suffer as He did then will we be glorified with Him! Jn.16:33These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. Ro.8:16The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: 17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

We will have to suffer this world and all its carnality and cry unto the Lord daily until He avenge us from all this filthiness, Lk.18:7And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Only to those who persevere in all these trials and temptations; be of the world but not of it, touch not the unclean thing and He will be our God, in which we will find our righteousness which dwells in every Holy Spirit filled saint of God; who has truly pledged his heart and purged it according to scripture (2 Tm.3:16-17) with a pure heart, 2 Tm.2:19-26, mind, spirit, soul, and strength, 1 Cor.6:16And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. And few that there will be, Mt.22:14; Mt.24:35!! Mt.7:13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: 14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Do you know where the gate is and do you have the keys to unlock it? Just finding it is going to be a chore for most, but do you have what it takes to go all the way to be with our Master the Lord of Lord’s our Jesus Christ, who is, God Almighty, Is.9:6 Who is perfect in all His ways looking for the same in us as we are to grow into His likeness, 2 Cor.5:21! Or are you going to be one of the foolish who come to Jesus and say Lord I want to see God can you take me to Him? Beings you believe Jesus is the second person of some magical Trinity! My Lord says I am and besides Me there is no other God and if you do not believe I am He you will die in your sins, Jn.8:24! For Jesus was there before Abraham; look to verse 58 of the same chapter: 58Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. That’s right they took up stones because Jesus said He was equal to God that IS WHAT MAKES Him the Immanuel, Mt.1:23 GOD WITH US!!!

Jesus said to Zechariah 500 years before the fact that they will look upon Me whom they have pierced in, Zach.12:10. The Holy Spirit which is Jesus before the flesh, See 1 Tm.3:16 The Holy Spirit saw it as if it has Already Happened! God is a Spirit Jn.4:24 and that Spirit which is God is Holy and is the only Holy Spirit there was an ever will there be; and that Spirit was incarnated in the flesh, Jn.1:1-18; read it, the begotten God, according to the Greek translation! Now let us learn to walk before the Lord in Righteousness as in He is Holy so all of His people are Holy as He is or they will be none of His!!! Ex. 19:5-6, a Holy nation of Priests, above all the people of the earth! Lv.11:44-45 and Peter new this as well, 1 Pt.1:14-17 all these are Holiness verses, so that tells me His people are to be Holy people, for the Lord changes not! The Lord told Peter to get thee behind Him because Peter wanted the things of man and this world; and not the things of God, and Peter was called Satan; for allowing his pride and carnality to take a hold of him in the fear of losing his master which was revealing all things to them that were the words of life, Jn.6:68Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life. So without Jesus we have no eternal life: and we have no eternal hope unless we Keep His Commandments in our love for Him, Jn.14:15: 2 Tm.3:15-17: All scripture, is how we find eternal rest as we die daily in His Word. Jesus Is LORD Of ALL, Ac.10:36 and God hath made Him both LORD and Christ it was His own doings, Ac.2:36! Follow Jesus or perish for eternity in Hell, Jn.14:6 He is the WAY the TRUTH and the LIFE no one goes to the Father but in, through, by, and with Jesus’ Spirit in them, Ro.8:9! Speaking in tongues was given for this evidence so you would know when you had received Him; you will not have to ask anyone if you got it, everyone around you will know it already; it will be all over you and getting on them!

If you got baptized in any other way than was spoken of by our apostles then all you did was get wet and follow some religious ritual. You must be born again of water and of the Holy Spirit or you are none of Jesus’, Ac.2:38Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 39For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. 40And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. This is that narrow path to the straight gate; now if you do all these things in faith believing and with a pure heart just for the Love of Christ Jesus who died for us, to redeem us from our sins then and only then; after you are speaking with the Holy Spirit giving you the utterances; then you will have the keys to His gate to enter into His realm and His kingdom to come! Repent find ye the Lord today while He may be found; time is about to be no more and we will step into eternity with or without our Lord; one way or the other! Study the Lord’s scripture and show thy self approved, a workman not being ashamed at His coming, for He is coming for His bride who has made herself without spot and wrinkle! Today is the day of salvation; for all have sinned and come short of His glory! All have to repent even for the unknown sins of which we are ignorant of! Are ye washed in the Blood of the Lamb slain from before the foundations of Creation! Ac.4:12; Salvation comes in no other name but in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins! And all of His people say in Jesus name: Amen and Amen!!!

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Gal.4:16Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?

~ Even so, if I be persecuted for His sake, I find myself in good company, in the company of the Élite of the Elect! ~                                                                                                                                                                                                Quote from: Rev. Bro. G. L. Boyett