Unique Bible Definitions

Over the years, certain definitions have evolved in my thinking and have come to best express my deepest held Scriptural beliefs. These simple definitions are listed below in no particular order and form the heart of my personal faith and understanding of practical Christian conduct. These definitions will work in any Scriptural application.

RIGHTEOUSNESS: That which conforms to the revealed will of God.

PEACE: Nothing between me and thee—we are capable of being joined.

JOY: To spin like a top; to romp like a lamb. True spiritual joy moves one to physical expression that surpasses mere emotion.

KINGDOM OF GOD (or HEAVEN): Where Gods dwells, where all your needs are met.

MEEKNESS: Yieldedness. Accepting all things from God as good, without resisting, disputing or contending. (This is not to suggest that everything we experience is from God. Never forget—we live in a spiritual war zone and are targets of God's enemies, fleshly and spiritual. Earth is a risky place to live, especially for believers, because Satan, the chief rebel, has considerable influence over the planet. God's insistence, that man have free will to choose Him or reject Him, makes it necessary that things continue as they are on Earth for the time being.)

COMFORT:  To be given what you need to continue, not necessarily by gentle means. Sometimes we followers of Yeshua need a hug; sometimes we need a kick in the hind parts.

GOODNESS: That which is for your highest benefit, not necessarily by gentle means. (Goodness is a kindred word to comfort.)

ETERNAL LIFE: Knowing God (Johns 17:3). This is Jesus' definition: "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent."

WISDOM: Insight into the true nature of things.

TRUTH: The underlying reality at the base of the appearence (a kindred word to wisdom).

FAITH: Trust in and obedience to God. To obey God, you must believe He can speak and you can hear His voice. "So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word (rhema) of God" (Romans 10:17). God is not dead...He is just particular about who He talks to nowadays.

GRACE: What God does to make us acceptable to Him.

PROPHECY: Speaking forth the mind and counsel of God (whether to individual or to a corporate group of believers).

SALVATION: Deliverance from all evil.

MERCY: The active compassion of God streaming from God's people. The merciful are always subject to being moved by the active compassion of God toward hurting people. Mercy is prayer with feet and hands.

BLESSED: To be increased and made more of than what you are. To be added to.

LORD: He who has disposition of all things. In other words, when I dare call Him Lord, I give Him the right to tell me what to do and I give up my right to say no. He is either Lord of all, or He's not Lord at all.

COVENANT: The ongoing process of intimate exchange of all that I am for all that He is. This is the supernatural process of Christ being formed in us (Galatians 4:19). True covenant partners vow to each other with these words: "All that is mine is thine, and all that is thine is still thine." Covenant partners never ask, "What do I get?" They only ask, "What can I give?" Covenant is not a contract—it is a relationship where each partner tries to outgive the other.

JEHOVAH-JIREH: He who provides what He demands.

POOR IN SPIRIT: Like a crouching, cringing beggar, unable to enrich himself.

PURE IN SPIRIT: Without selfish ambition. The pure in spirit run from the spotlight.

PEACEMAKERS: Those who help others be joined to God and to each other.

PARDON: The Old Testament meaning is to go easy, to treat lightly, to excuse from paying the full price and penalty of wrong-doing. In the New Testament the word pardon and the concept of pardon are not found. The New Testament uses the word remission.

REMISSION: An accounting term, it means, not put to your account. In other words, when God forgives your sins, they are remitted and God has no record of the sin—He declares you innocent of the charge. Pardon excuses past sins. Remission erases past sins, reformats your spiritual hard drive and there is no detectable record of wrong-doing in God's accounting journal. It never happened. It is as though it was never put to your account.

JUSTIFICATION: Related to remission, it means, "Not guilty." Those whom God justifies are treated "just-as-if" they never sinned. Pardon means you are guilty, but are excused from further punishment. Remission means you were never guilty in the first place. In the mind of a merciful God, you never committed the sin. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around this one.

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Last updated August 3, 2017