Bible Words Defined

(In Topical Order)

Christian Scriptures were originally written in the Hebrew and Greek languages. The writings relate ‘some’ of the Eternal One’s interaction with mankind. Our Bibles reveal many insights and examples that are intended to instruct, lead, and guide us so we become more godly people. The words of Scripture however do not always agree with our translations.  This list helps clarify the Scriptural meanings of the words of our Bible.

Scripture and Bibles

        1. Word-of-God: Eternal One’s spoken expression (Greek – logos); goes forth from God to perform His will
        2. Scripture: Hebrew and Greek writings, conveying interactions with the Eternal One about life on earth
        3. Bibles: Translations of Scripture into different languages; based on translator’s beliefs and understanding
        4. Belief: What is believed (thought or understood) to be true, right or wrongly
        5. Truth: Greek – “agreement of essence and appearance,” in and out; in-fullness; wholeness
        6. Partial-Truth: Elements of truth tainted with error and miss-perceptions
        7. Rightly-Dividing: To handle accurately the word of truth; avoiding lame or crooked perceptions
        8. Revelation: Illumination; an inspired insight (Revelation 22:6-9)
        9. Ideology: System of belief; i.e. Christian, Jewish, Moslem, Hindu, Buddha, Socialism, Satanism
        10. Theology: The study and teaching about the Eternal One and His ways among us

The Most-High God

        1. Eternal One: Creator of all-natural things (our universe); source of all natural life
        2. Alpha and Omega: Beginning and End; a time-related perception of the Eternal One who always ‘is’
        3. The I AM: He who is, was, and is to come; the present ‘is’ is always listed before the past and future
        4. Name of God: Identity; recognizes a personage with specific character and purpose
        5. Eternity: Realm without beginning or end; infinity; reality we partake of, then enter upon physical death
        6. Father-God: Initiator of human life; source of our initial beginning – of life; loving teacher and guide
        7. Son-of-God: Most mature example for children; explains God’s character, attitude and personality (CAP)
        8. Holy-Spirit: The presence of God that dwells “in our midst,” “among us” and “with us,” as our guide
        9. Three-in-One: The Eternal One coming to us as three personalities; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
        10. Jesus-Christ: God’s spoken expression, birthed as a man; to reveal God’s heart and clarify His will for us

Creates Man and Gives Purpose

        1. Spirit: Source of life from the Eternal One; links us to the spirit realm and enables our interaction
        2. Body: Natural form that links us to the natural realm and facilitates our interaction in the natural world
        3. Soul: Consciousness that registers our activity; function of mind, will & emotion
        4. Mind: Thoughts; ability to think and reason about interactions; relating to natural and spiritual life
        5. Will: Result of thoughts and feelings that directs actions; conclusions, understanding, personal beliefs
        6. Emotion: Feelings; ability to feel and sense impressions about natural and spiritual experiences
        7. Carnal-Mind: Natural thinking; reasoning and perceptions that ignore the guidance of the Eternal One
        8. Spiritual-Mind: Thinking, reasoning and perceptions that agree with the Eternal One’s guidance
        9. Heart: Expressions of our spirit, soul and body; an expressive result of what we think, feel and believe
        10. CAP: Character, Attitude, and Personality traits of our expressive heart
        11. Character: Moral fiber; as honest or deceitful, kind or mean, loyal or shifty, charitable or selfish
        12. Attitude: Temperament; as loving or hateful, humble or proud, flexible or rigid
        13. Personality: Illustrates four Social Behaviors; analytical, supportive, organized, or outgoing
        14. Purpose: We are created to live as “images and likenesses” of God; to “reflect and resemble” His heart
        15. Image-of-God: The Hebrew means ‘reflection’. We are designed to reflect God – as a mirror
        16. Likeness-of-God: The Hebrew means ‘resemblance’. We are designed to resemble God – as a child

God Dwells with Believers

        1. Child-of-God: Everyone is an offspring, with spirit; Children are maturing offspring following God’s lead
        2. Habitation-of-God: While God inhabits eternity, His presence also dwells with us (Psalm 33:14; 84:1)
        3. God-With-Us: In us as a source of life; with, among, and in our midst as a presence; in ‘us’ not ‘me’
        4. Christ: Anointing; empowering presence of God; in the life of Jesus; in our lives
        5. Baptisms: Immersions; in water and in the anointing presence of God’s Holy Spirit
        6. Anti-Christ: Old English ‘anti’ meant ‘instead of’; efforts to be as Christ, mediators between us and God
        7. Christians: Believers in the Eternal One and followers of Jesus Christ as God’s example of the way to live
        8. Israel: Interactive gatherings of ‘people of faith’; God calls them “My People”
        9. Church: Greek ecclesia; interactive gatherings of believers caring for and supporting one another
        10. Tabernacle: Made to visualize God’s presence; with levels of intimacy — outer court, inner, and holy place
        11. Temple: The house Solomon built; Today – God’s dwelling among the lives of worshippers
        12. Body-of-Christ: The many membered ‘interactive lives’ of followers of Christ Jesus
        13. Bride-of-Christ: The body of Christ in ‘cleansing and refreshing’ modes
        14. Christianity: A religion; man’s organized efforts to relegate and control the belief and worship of God
        15. Gentile: The Hebrew ‘gowy’ and Greek ‘ethnos’ both mean “nations”; organized groups of people
        16. Kingdom-of-God: Governing rule and reign of God in earthly lives; full of good and not-so-good variables
        17. God-Rule: Guidance; God’s rule comes to us as a thoughtful insight, a sense and a feeling
        18. God-Reign: Influencing oversight that provides direction in the affairs of life
        19. Rod-of-Iron: Greek; a stabilizing shepherd’s staff; to protect and correct

Living and Dying Progressions

        1. Life: Levels of physical, soulish and spiritual activity in this world
        2. Death: A lack of life; inactivity; void of physical and/or spiritual participation
        3. Resurrection: The resurgence of natural and/or spiritual activity, beyond the restrictions of inactivity
        4. Eternal Life: Greek zoe; spiritual quality of life we can know in this life to overcome natural difficulties
        5. Sin: A state of separation from God; motivation to act apart from God’s guidance (2 Corinthians 5:21)
        6. Saved: Greek – sozo, to save, deliver; life-long process of delivering from destructive behavior
        7. Salvation: Ongoing process of walking through this life ‘in’ God’s fellowship rather than away from Him
        8. Born Again: An awakening and invitation to experience intimate interaction with God
        9. Transformation: The active progress of change; developing what has begun into levels of maturity
        10. Faith: An agreeing response to what God is doing, saying, and where He is leading
        11. Fear-of-God: Awesome respect and reverence of God’s magnificence; the beginning of wisdom
        12. Prayer: A two-way communication; between people and God; includes requests and hearing
        13. Worship: Expressive activity that seeks to honor and glorify; actions and lifestyle (John 4:23-24)
        14. Prophesy: Enlightening words of encouragement; a witness of God’s involvement
        15. Liberty: The freedom to responsibly choose personal preferences, directions, and activities

Sources of Wisdom

        1. Perfection: Maturity; God is the only Perfect One; our CAP grows into levels of maturity
        2. Principalities: Greek means ‘beginnings’; we struggle with what we’ve learned sensing it is lacking
        3. Tree-of-Life: Spoken expressions of God; preferred source of wisdom
        4. Flaming-Sword: Guards the Tree of Life; the cutting and cleansing action of repentance
        5. Heaven-of-Scripture: Elevated areas of authority and involvement in this natural world
        6. Angels: Messengers of the Eternal One; can appear as a spirit, a personage, and as insights
        7. Tree-of-Good-and-Evil: Natural life; wisdom from contrasting elements; productive and destructive
        8. Good: Beneficial; productive; positive and useful result of pleasant thoughts and actions
        9. Evil: mischievous; Inferior; destructive; negative and corrupt results of ill thoughts and actions
        10. Extremes: Result of good and evil excesses; positions of far-left and far-right; out of balance
        11. Balance: Inclusive; recognition of differences as contributing complements; void of extremes
        12. Devil: Greek – accuser, any who seeks to separate (as Judas – John 6:70); as by slander or malicious gossip
        13. Satan: Greek – adversary, any who opposes God’s interests (Peter – Mark 8:33; harmful adversary Job 1:6-12)
        14. Lucifer: Hebrew – Shining one; used once in KJV (Isaiah 14:12-16) of a man – king of Babylon; not an entity
        15. Hell-of-Scripture: The Greek gehenna and hades and the Hebrew sheol; unseen place of cleansing
        16. Gehenna: Greek; gorge or valley where garbage was dumped, fire continued to burn to get rid of waste
        17. Hades: Greek – grave, pit; the unseen habitation of souls; beyond this natural visible world
        18. Sheol: Hebrew – the unseen state of existence; the realm/existence beyond natural sight
        19. Everlasting: Hebrew – ages; time-related; Greek – of and for ages; ‘times’ in this natural realm
        20. Fire: A cleansing, refining, and purifying element; destroys dross; a characteristic of God (Hebrews 12:29)
        21. Lake-of-Fire: A restrictive cleansing activity for all who refuse to willingly receive from the Eternal One

Heart of God

        1. God-Love: God’s first basic essence; enduring; measureless; unfailing (Ephesians 3:19; Romans 8:35-39)
        2. God-Light: God’s second central essence; void of darkness; enlightening everywhere received (1 John 1:5)
        3. Forgiving: God’s forgiveness is absolute; without condition; remembered no more (Luke 23:34)
        4. Graceful: The tolerant heart of God; who extends mercy in times of need (Hebrews 4:6; 2 Corinthians 12:9)
        5. Merciful: Compassionate extension of grace; unmerited favor; lovingkindness (Luke 6:36; Hebrews 8:12)
        6. Faithful: Trustworthy and dependable; despite our faithlessness (2 Timothy 2:13; Romans 3:3-4; 9:15-16);
        7. Judges: Corrective treatment of an ill attitude, activity, or state of being
        8. Unpunished: Leaves unclean, unfree of error. God will not leave us in such a condition
        9. Fruit-of-Spirit: Love, Joy, peace, patience, kind, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
        10. Will-of-God: The Greek denotes passion, fire, love and desire; not as a strength to bend to His