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Purpose: to have a handy reference of verses listed by doctrinal category in a cohesive context. All too often Scripture is used or quoted out of context, so the entirety of the doctrine to which it belongs, is cut off. You can't divorce context from thinking, and especially not from His Thinking, which is the Bible. So contextual definition helps you audit better, so you can see any questionable 'connections' in a definition, an idea, an interpretation, etc. So many verses on the same and related topics need to be reviewed, not just a few: just to be closer to the meaning of even ONE verse you read!

This is merely a brainstorming study tool; you don't have to agree, to brainstorm; it's like mental exercise. I update it regularly but haphazardly; so some entries will be spare, but others, extensive.

By Divine Design, one's spiritual growth level accounts for the comprehension, interpretation, slant one gets from study, since the Holy Spirit's Filling and believer consent are needed for growth, 1Cor2. Therefore, free will is not compromised (God's, or yours.) That's why Christians differ in their interpretations: differing spiritual-growth levels. Academic preparation without sufficient spiritual growth is useless. Laziness is arrogance, though, so don't use the need for HS-filling to excuse not studying with the discipline of an academic.

Bible is the Greatest And Most Provable Miracle Relic on the face of the earth; and as you learn it via 1Jn1:9 in God's System, you'll realize that in every hotel room, even a translation (however screwed up) is worth more than all the kingdoms of the world. Lying in a drawer, just waiting for a curious mind to look into it. Truly: if you want absolute proof of God, it's IN the Bible. Translations aren't really the Bible, but approximations of the Bible, kinda like hearsay. God preserved the real original words of the real original authors He trained to write His Own Comprehensive Disclosure of Himself. Every word in the Word first tells you something about GOD. So that's how you read it. And baby, the extreme wit and deftness of expression alone will prove to you Who Wrote This Book. 66 sub-books, all in One Comprehensive Whole, written over 1500 years from Genesis to Revelation. No doubt at all Who Did this. All the other relics and stuff -- even stupendous miracles -- don't even compare. For all of them, are but timid shadows. But Bible is The Genuine Mind. The real person is what he thinks: so you see God Himself via His Book. Right IN the Book. Takes time, for He has a lot to say, but.. worth it!

The Reason to be Alive is to see God's Thinking, Ps139:17. Hence the promise was, that this Thinking would be in writing, ever since Gen3:15 (very clever Hebrew). So here it is: Bible is written dynamically, not like a boring dictionary. (Dictionaries are necessary, but hard to understand because all the definitions are extrapolated out of context.) Ergo you cannot understand it when you read it, apart from the Filling of the Spirit (believer must be breathing 1Jn1:9 as needed), except for basics like John 3:16 and the Ten Commandments. Here's why:

This study of Scripture is meant to be enjoyable, and a lifelong thing, because via 1Jn1:9 and Scripture study under your right pastor, you come to know GOD, 24/7. It's not a goofy experience, but a Shared Knowing. Superior to, but much like, knowing anyone you come to love (Eph3:15-21). The Pleasure Of Knowing God is why He birthed the universe; why He birthed the angels; why He birthed you and me.

This Index, then, is intended to aid research in what keywords to track, and how to think thesauretically. (Concordances and Study Bibles and lexicons and typical Bible Studies are helpful, but so low-level on analysis, it's hard to 'play' with them.) So, you don't have to agree at all with what's said here, to use the listing. Just playing with it while breathing 1Jn1:9 will aid your thinking-doctrine skills. Of course, you could just pitch this webpage and use Scripture itself to do this research (a better idea, actually). But if you need another human brain to play against, well, here's something you might find useful. Or, use something else. Your choice.

It's critical to get a correct perspective on all related verses. So don't be sure of a right interpretation by reference to only one or two verses. Also look up kindred concepts to test the 'fit' of the proposed interpretation you have in mind. Think like a thesaurus, and search on synonymal terms/ideas. Think of the logical connections between concepts, and search on those which seem related. Finally, ask how the interpretation 'fits' God's Essence. If it seems to fit how He is (for all Truth will perfectly reflect Him, but any scent of a lie will be dissonant), then tentatively use the interpretation. The happiest way to live is to be online using 1Jn1:9 and thinking toward Father 24/7. Whatever troubles you, however 'degrading' your circumstances; whatever thrills you, however 'elevated' your circumstances. All is a Bible Class. In learning Christ. So Ask Father whatever, Think Toward Him whatever, ALL THE TIME. No amount of money/sex/promotion, etc. is this good, baby.

My pastor likes to explain all the meanings of keywords in the original languages, and then walk us through a verse, each time rendering the translation in light of each meaning of the keyword, so we can see how many 'stories' there are, of meaning. Try that approach yourself: then you'll have a much clearer idea of what it means to say that Bible is GOD's invention, not man's. Plus, you'll come to see better what Scripture means by what IT says, not by what humans say. Of course, if all this 'work' seems too exhausting to you, quit reading now...

So, since every verse has:

..the category you'll see assigned to a given verse in the list below is not exclusively "right".

Caution: Please don't use these verse lists as a substitute for studying under your right pastor. These lists are merely adjunctive, and meant primarily as discussion aids in chatting. Many of the biggest doctrines underlie every verse and are not explicit, since the human writer's frame-of-reference already knows them. Interpretation really requires a pastor-teacher's gift, and a lot of digging into the Word, by God's appointment. God prepares teachers: granted, the bad ones are always 'many', but good ones are always out there. If you want one, just use 1Jn1:9 to be online with Spirit; then, ask Father in Son's Name to cause you to find the good one He picked for you! Probably the right pastor is just around the corner (or otherwise-easy-to-find), and you don't see him...

Index, in Alphabetical Order by Keyword or Key Concept

Adonai, Adonai Elohim, Elohim, and other names for God: There are over 4,000 verses with "God" named in them. So here is a but sampling. Important: each Name Has An Important Meaning Which Reveals Something Of God's Nature or Attitude. So the Names are worthy of study. Deut6:4, sacred Tetragrammaton, variantly called "Yahweh" or "Jehovah" in English Bibles, but Jewish custom substitutes "Adonai" -- personalness of God, 'first name', so to speak; "Elohim" , refers to Divine ESSENCE, kinda like LAST Name (my fav verse on this is Exo3:14 which is very funny: apostle John plays on its Hebrew sound with same Greek sound in John 1, but LXX of Exo3:14 uses the same term); "El-Shaddai", (Almighty, 57 or so verses -- LXX just translates that Name "God"); "The Eternal" or "The Eternal One", "King of the Universe", "The Rock", "The Redeemer";

Angels and Demons, verses on: Key passages are Gen2-3, Gen6, beginning of Job1 and 2, Isa14, Eze 28; Matt25:41, Luk11:26, Jn17:15, 1Jn2:13, Jude 9, Rev12; all idol-related verses. "Star", "sons-of-God" (in OT: bene-ha-Elohim), "serpent", "dragon", "devil", "Satan" (means opposing attorney), "demon", "fallen ones"; terms in passages like Col1:16 (between "invisible" and "all things") and Eph3:10,6:12, Col2:14-15 are specialized terms referring to the hierarchical organization of Satan&Co. -- the same words are usually grouped together or in near context, to distinguish them from earthly counterparts. Better still, find out the Greek terms and search on them.

Angels And Demons Watching Believers, To Learn For Trial Purposes: beginning Job 1 and 2, Luke 2, 15:10, 1Cor4:9, 11:10, Eph3:10, 1Tim5:21, 1Pet1:12, Hebrews 1, all of Revelation (heaven watches earth) are some of them. Many more verses show this fact by the angel's/demon's title, so you know the title means more than merely the job the angel/demon has. Style of disclosure varies, i.e., angelic reaction in Luke 2's parade, the fact that angels rejoice when someone believes in Christ (Luke 15:10). Still others, by passing comparisons to angels, like when Paul talks about women having long hair for the sake of the angels in 1Cor11:10, or Jude's comments (i.e., Jude 9): this latter category is often a kind of depositionary statement. Frankly, it's pretty important to study angelology so you can avoid the many goofy ideas out there about what angels are and how they relate to us, i.e., we don't get 'visited' by angels, only by demons. Assuming, of course, that the 'visitation' isn't wholly hallucinatory, to begin with. Angels and demons are not prurient. The demons deride us by sponsoring gross sin. Think of a shyster lawyer and you're closer to the analogy of a demon. Slapstick humor is their stock-in-trade, and we poor saps get it all the time.

    People are always confusing the pre-Cross spiritual life with its Post-Cross Gigantic Royal Upgrade caused by Our Lord's John 17 prayer and successful full "Tetelestai" Payment on the Cross. (See John 7:39 and all of Hebrews, Ephesians, 1Cor2,6-15, 2Cor5. Habitually 'live on' 1Jn1:9, and habitually read those passages over and over until you are about to scream, and then you will just begin to see how true the prior sentence is.) 'Visitations' are for the childlike, paint-by-numbers spiritual life of the OT, for crying out loud. God Indwells You Now: neither the OT folks, nor the post-Church folks, will EVER have that privilege. A huge webseries, "Thinking Out Loud" (accessible from Home Page) goes into (probably excruciating) detail about how the Victory of the Cross breaks the back of Satan; how Our Lord's Humanity INVENTED a brand new, Royal Adult Spiritual Life in order to COMPLETE the Cross, which we Church inherit, if you're interested in knowing more about this Royal Upgrade.

Ascension due to Resurrection Victory, by Christ: Ps68:18(prophecy), Acts1:9-10 & Eph4:8 (fulfilled), Heb1-2 (resulting Session and HighPriesthood of Christ to Father). There are many more verses but they are harder to see: try examining all "clouds" verses so you can trace the significance of this Divine Provision/Justice metaphor throughout Bible. Start with Exodus, and notice how a CLOUD leads Israel. Think about what a cloud is, all its attributes, to get a better grip on why God chose this 'sign' and metaphor. (Btw: the term is literal, unless context indicates otherwise. A quick way to prove this fact is to notice that where the term is figurative, the writer adds something to show it's figurative, like in Heb12:1's "cloud of witnesses". If "cloud" was supposed to be figurative on its own, he'd not need to add "of witnesses", get it?)

After sufficient analysis under the Spirit, you can begin to understand why the cloud metaphor is always used in connection with VICTORY or LEADING; thus, for the Ascension; and why Rapture is a parallel to the Ascension. Some Rapture verses are in 1Cor15, 1Thess4(esp. v.17), Phili3:11. Acts 1:11a is Ascension, but 11b is 2nd Advent, not Rapture. Again, studying the "clouds" verses ought to be of big help. Ascension doctrine is critical, and is almost never covered in Bible studies. Lack of understanding leads to a misdating or denial of Rapture. ("Rapture" was not invented in the 18th century: the term is an Anglicized cognate from Latin Vulgate verb in its equivalent of 1Thess4:17; 'snatch up', connotation of a thief's suddenness, Greek word harpazw rendered with Latin word "rapto".)

Atonement (part of Work of the Cross), Unlimited (see also "Propitiation"): Depicted in OT by burnt offering (stressing future Work of Christ on Cross), Lamb Offering (pouring-out of lamb's blood when carotid cut depicted His Work -- lamb itself, His Impeccability), meal/grain offering (Impeccability, again). Some passages on the doctrine itself are Isa 53 (esp. :10-11 in the LXX), 55 (each in context); John3:16, Rom3:25,5:6,18; 2Cor5:14,15,19,21; 1Tim2:6,8,4:10; Tit2:11; 1Jn2:2; 1Pet3:18, 2Pet3:9; Heb 2:9,17; Ps40:5ff (prophecy), Heb10:5 (fulfilled). Perhaps the most conclusive, besides Isa53, is Rev20:11-15, where no one is judged for sin, but instead judged against for their GOOD DEEDS. Because, ALL sin was already judged on the Cross, duh -- so it's not brought up again, and is not the basis for the indictment. Rather, John 3:36 is the basis. See that passage in the KJV, which is about the only English Bible I can find which properly translates the Greek keyword ergon (means good deeds, here by men).

Atonement (part of Work of the Cross), limited, verses which support that idea: none. Only if you play a 2nd-Temptation style, lawyer's game of truncating.. can you even make the claim. You know: kinda like those "free" vacations promised by telemarketers and in emails.

  • Look: one of the more famous Calvinist claims of limited atonement revolves around 1Jn2:2 -- yeah, atonement is 'limited', if you disregard the last half of the verse! (Cute: Satan used that same tactic in Matt4, Second Temptation, cutting out part of Ps91 when he quoted it.)
  • Similar truncating tricks are used with "pas" ("all"): the contention made is that "all" doesn't mean everyone; but rather, all of a group. How embarrassing to the contender, for in Greek, when "pas" is plural, it's a substantive, and means "all without exception"; but the English meaning of "all", CAN be restricted to, all-of-a-group. God didn't write the Bible in English, a language which didn't exist back then. So the contender of limited atonement based on Bible's use of "pas" proves he didn't do his homework. How embarrassing, yikes! Same is true of the Hebrew "kol". This is a good category to test your doctrinal interpretation skills mentioned in the introduction, just before the first table on this webpage. Search for every "all" verse; compare to verses in the purple topic above on UNlimited atonement, especially the Levitical sacrifices' meanings, since the BIBLE itself says that's what depicted the future Savior and Cross. See if you yourself can't tell which of the two ideas, limited or UNlimited Atonement, is true. Even if you already know, it's a helpful exercise in Biblical discernment.
  • 1Jn4:10 (which alike shows UNlimited atonement, given the context -- John is referencing the "Lamb of God" OT sacrifice meaning via "hilasmos", in 1Jn4:10).

    Let's not forget that the point of the Cross is to Pay Father For Sin. So ALL sin must be paid for, or Father is cheated. These proponents also forget that God is JUST, therefore never would gerrymander the freedom to say no. So those who say no their entire lives, go to hell. Where, they STILL can say yes, but (from what I can tell in Bible), never will choose to do so. Pattern of the continuing no is amply shown in Luke 16 and Rev 20. Clear opportunity to say yes, rejected. Finally, these proponents deem it a waste if anyone is in hell, as if God didn't get paid up-front. Um -- if it was a waste, then the Cross Had To COVER The Cost. Else, there could BE no hell, to start with. So 'limited atonement' fails these three logic tests, as well as failing to have any Bible verse support (always pair logic and verse, never just one or the other, else you are likely to screw up).

    So, Isa53 leaves no doubt that the issue is For Father To Be Paid: that's a Contract between Father and Son for FATHER to be paid. ALL sin must be paid for, but not all will believe in Him. So "many" will be the inheritance, because "many" do believe. God couldn't make it clearer than in Isa53, especially when you correct the mistranslations which leave out some of the text! 1Jn2:2 references a keyword in Isa53:11 of the LXX, deliberately: "dikaion". So does Peter, in 1Pet3:18. The writer of Book of Hebrews bases his whole book on Unlimited Atonement, referencing Isa53:11 frequently (especially in his bookending of Heb8:8-12 to Heb10:15-17), to show why the Law, changed. So it's well-known, how to view Isa53. A key principle of hermeneutics is how the writer uses keywords in other verses, particularly between NT and OT. Here, the exact same kind of meaning IN Isa53:11 of the LXX (which you can't find in any translated Bible), is made in the 1Jn and 1Pet references, above; and you can't even begin to understand the Book of Hebrews, except due to Unlimited Atonement having been accomplished. Paul's stress is so frequent, it would take a long time to even list all the verses, because Paul is particularly deft in his references (using keywords piled atop each other in even one verse, thus incorporating by reference scads of OT passages): but Romans 5-8 read clearly, even in the English. There, Paul paints The Judicial Problem in the last half of Romans 5 (v.12+), and its solution -- again, focusing on Isa53:11's five infinitives. If a JUDICIAL problem, then there are NO EXCLUSIONS -- else, the problem isn't solved. Every NT writer makes frequent calls to Isa53:11, since it is THE verse on how Christ paid for our sins: see Isa53.htm or the longer (w/exegesis) Isa53trans.htm for a translation, since you can't find the verse in a translated Bible.

    Also look at all the "peace" and "reconciliation" verses in Bible (term in either Hebrew or Greek is the same word, but is variantly translated; term also means "prosperity"). Notice the ones where the Savior reconciles "all things" to Himself. That's ALL things. Nothing outside. Nothing unpaid for. Greek and Hebrew dramatic usage of allness will be represented by OMISSION of objects (because ALL objects potential or actual are acted on by the verb, viz., in Isa53:11 original-language texts). See 1Jn4:19 -- a good translation will show, "We love, because He first loved us". That's Attic Greek, and there are no objects to denote Absoluteness (which you can see even from the near context of "God is love", v.16). So when you see such sweeping usage of verbs in "reconciliation" context, you realize again that He paid FATHER for everything. Doesn't mean everyone accepts (believes) in what He did; does mean Father didn't get cheated. Does mean Hell compensates God, not at all. (Satan sells the religious lie that God gets paid by suffering -- his first 'sale' was to the woman in Gen3. But Christ called the Cross a "joy" (lit., unalloyed happiness, Heb12:2) and "learning" (Heb5:8-9, usu. mistranslated). Because, Love wants to have COST, not get something from someone else. Think about that, maybe it will become easier to understand why Christ wanted the Cross, and why we get saved 'for free'. [Sidenote: hupakoe in both v.8 and v.9 means to stand-under-hearing and is the Greek equivalent of Hebrew aman. You 'obey' by BELIEVING, which is why those two verses in Book of Hebrews are so witty. The audience wasn't believing, see.]

Baptism verses: look up the etymology of Greek words Baptismos and Baptizw to get how this word is used in NT. Water Baptism, aka the 'Baptism of John': Mt3:11,Mt21:25,Jn11:30, Lk3:3, 1Pet3:21,Jn1:26,1Cor1:17, Matt3:6,Mk16:16, Luk7:29,Acts8:12, Acts8:38,Acts9:18,Acts16:15, Acts22:16,1Cor1:13, 1Cor15:29, Matt28:19, Jn3:23, Jn4:1-2. Baptism of Christ with our sins: Mk10:38,Luk12:50. Baptism with Christ in His Death, aka "retroactive positional truth" in theology, which going DOWN in the water depicted, pre-Canon's completion: Flagship passage is Romans 6, which explains this. Col2:12, Rom6:3. Baptism of the Spirit, aka "current positional truth" aka (in John's writings) "born of God", the main meaning of Baptism in Bible, unfelt: flagship passage is Romans 6, which explains it. (Related are "sealed" verses.) Baptism of Spirit referred to in Eph4:4-5, Acts1:5, 1Cor12:13, Gal3:26-28, and references your Inheritance Position in Christ (part of the answer to the oneness prayer of John 17). Also means Baptism with Christ in His Resurrection, Gal3:27 and Romans 6. All Temple analogies (i.e., living stones, Eph2, 1Cor6, 12, all of Hebrews, etc.) are due to the Baptism of the Spirit: because, it signifies a STRUCTURE, not a feeling or experience. Therefore is related to INDWELLING, q.v.; see also "Holy Spirit" entry below, and 1Cor3:16, Rom8:11, 1Cor6:16,19-20, all of Rom6, and the dozens of "in.. spirit" verses; it is the STRUCTURE for, but of itself is not spirituality per se -- spirituality IS an experience, but is a state of being, not ever a feeling (feeling belongs to the body, so can never be spiritual); hence spirituality requires a different Ministry of the Holy Spirit, Filling. (I truly wish the Evangelicals would do their homework in Bible, sometime.) "Baptism of the Spirit" means that you are "in Christ" -- else you couldn't have a spiritual life. Baptism of Fire for unbelievers: Luk3:16. Baptism of Moses: 1Cor10:2.

Bible is Infallible, Inerrant: 2Tim3:16, Heb4:12, 2Pet1:20-21, Heb1:1-2, Deut4:2, 12:32, Prov30:6, Rev22:18. "Ani, Adonai" signature (I AM The LORD -- "am" is understood) is one of the many OT hallmarks of a text claiming Divine Authorship. Councils and committees don't establish what is the Word, God does. You're supposed to seek Him, thus seek His Word, and then HE shows you, Hebrews 11:6 (many parallel verses in OT to that). That's how anyone can determine Scripture's infallibility. Moreover, the text itself will reflect His Essence and will itself teach accurately. Scribal copying errors or the occasional scribal insertion/changing of text don't invalidate the inerrancy, for such errors are detectable, since God the Holy Spirit is the One who Personally validates. God is Inerrant. We who copy, teach, or learn His Word are obviously fallible. Keep that distinction in mind when you hear or suspect some problem in the Bible: ask GOD for whatever information you need to know.

Bible Doctrine as the only thing God Himself worships: Ps138:2 is probably the strongest of these statements. David is using Hebrew-couplet wordplay to say it: "Name" there includes the entire personhood in its Hebrew meaning. The verse has the following undertone (among many others of exquisite intensity, all-at-once): here I am, worshipping YOU because of Your Word; and here you are worshipping your Word! It's very funny. (I've yet to see a verse which didn't have a humor level-of-meaning.) There other strong ones, like John4:24, the use of "Word" and "Word of the Lord" in OT and NT (esp. by denoting the Lord AS "Word" in John 1, a Hebraism). Heb4:12, Ps89:14-15 (put more verses here). You should also read the hundreds of other verses to see this fact beyond-doubt, especially since so many times keyword metaphors are used to denote Bible Doctrine. "Doctrine" is an English term for truth/ principles which are organized in a coherent presentation. So those who pooh-pooh "doctrine" do so in ignorance. (Really, they do so because they incorrectly interpret the word to only mean made-up-doctrines-by-men; but that's not what the term exclusively means in English. Hence, "Bible" is an adjective denoting Whose "doctrine" it is!)

    Get a Bible bot or CD and search on the following English terms: "Scripture", "Truth" (emeth:Heb; aletheia, GK); "Faith" (many Heb words; GK pistis), "Wisdom" (several Heb words; GK sophia), "knowledge" (several Heb words; GK epignosis and sometimes gnosis, though others also), "hope" (I forget Heb word; GK is more elpis than parasia, esp. in Paul), "light" vs. "shadow" (varying words used); "gold" "gold/silver/precious stones", "riches", "glory", and all synonyms for them; "life" (idea that truth IS life -- many different words for life are used); even "good" and "happinesses" ('big metaphor throughout Ps and Proverbs, sometimes English translation is "blessing" or "blessed"); "love", "mercy". There are also metaphorical expressions, like "taste the Lord" and "see the Lord" and even "seek the Face of the Lord" which all mean Learn And Use Doctrine. For example, "eat" in Jeremiah is used that way: "I found your words [Scripture had been lost, again], and I did eat them."

    So you have to have your brain on when you read, to see what is represented by the metaphor. It takes a long time to go through all these metaphors and metaphorical phrases, to see for yourself that this is in fact what the Bible, not some interpreter, says such metaphors mean. It's worth it to go on this search! Fortunately, there are so many of them, not even a translation as bad as the English can prevent you seeing. For, lol! repetitions of 1Jn1:9 and thus (re-)consent to the Holy Spirit's "Filling" Ministry can break through all blindness!

Blessing(and cursing)-by-association (due to association with "salt of the earth", "Jeshurun", "mature" believers): "Remnant" verses, "Jeshurun" verses, "salt of the earth" verses, "lovingkindness" verses like Ex34:7, and passages with content like Ex32:7-14; 1Cor10:2; all prayers; Gen18:18 and those like it (which are many); "righteous" verses, like Gen18:23ff, and the "wheat and tares" parable; Heb10:14 and like verses(which references Pleroma believers using the teleiow "completion" metaphor). Really, this is a major theme in Scripture. Almost every verse in the Bible makes some reference to, or is implicitly predicated on, blessing or cursing by association. After all, that's what the Cross means: cf 2Cor5:21, and all history is based upon it (Col1:16ff, Heb1, etc).

Body of Christ (synonyms are "Bride" and "Church" in NT): This term references composition, idea being to reflect Christ ("sea of glass" in Rev4 and "reflection" in 1Cor13-14). Some passages are: 1Cor12:27,12,24; 1Cor6:15, Rom12:4, Col2:19, Col1:18, Eph5:30, Eph4:16, Eph4:4. Really, all of Ephesians is dedicated to the topic, saying it's because the Body gets completed that the Rapture occurs: Father's choice. Very dramatic and clear, in the Greek.

Born Again, aka "Regeneration": "Born again" is a mistranslation, but the meaning of a NEW BIRTH is correct: "born of God", and "regeneration" are Bible terms (former is common in 1Jn, playing on John 3 -- latter is anakainosis, used in Tit3:5 and 2Cor5:17 (cognate)). See also "Faith Alone in Christ Alone" and "Holy Spirit" entries. Bible uses keywords to denote that you are a NEW SPECIES, a NEW LIFE that first moment you believe in Christ; "born from above" is the correct translation of John 3:7's Greek. John 3 even in translation explains the uniqueness of this new birth, which is spiritual. God is a Spiritual Being, so to live with Him forever you must become the SAME TYPE of being that He is. Plantlife is a form of beingness; animal (and body) life is a form of beingness; soul life is yet another form of beingness (which is why man cannot be evolved, see Gen2:7); SPIRITUAL life is God's Form of Beingness, which is why we humans need to be "born from above". Hundreds of Bible passages in both OT and NT elaborate on this most-basic-truth, but translations don't properly translate the keywords and their synonyms, so you can't track the born-again doctrine well in translation. 2Cor5:17 therefore is often overlooked (Greek "new" only means new-in-species, not new-in-time, so that's one reason why the verse is overlooked in English).

    Technically, the new birth means you become three-part in nature: body and soul, which you became at birth (not before, see Gen2:7 for the pattern), plus you get a human spirit at the New Birth, so to have fellowhip with God. Hence all "spirit" verses aren't strictly about the Holy Spirit (though most "spirit" verses are about Him, and mistranslated); search on them, then research the Greek (context will tell you if the Holy Spirit is meant). The OT is rife with wordplay on breath/wind/Spirit -- idea that you're not really living until reborn in Him -- but you miss this in translation. Of course, there are evil spirits (demons) who seek to mimic the Holy Spirit's role, so "spirit" is usually distinguished to reference them in such verses: believers can be influenced but not indwelt by demons, because the Holy Spirit indwells (hence if you want true exorcism, get the person to 'do' John 3:16). The NT is better translated, in the later versions, but many of the wordplay verses are still missed (Greek is used Hebraistically in the NT, on this topic). [Many mistranslations result here because the "descriptive genitive" in Greek (and its Hebrew equivalent) is not understood. So when you see Eph4:30, you don't get it that because "of God" is DESCRIPTIVE, it's appositional, affirming He's God Himself (i.e., not part of some other Godness). So when you see "spirit of wisdom" it should be "Spirit of wisdom", with "wisdom" being yet another affirmation (here, of Omniscience and Truth attributes). And how do you go about translating a descriptive genitive in English? Well, you can say "the Holy Spirit, Who is God" in Eph4:30; or, "God the Holy Spirit", or "Holy-Spirit-God" (to parallel to Hebraistic usage in OT, Ruach-Elohim). More commonly, in English a descriptive genitive is communicated via an adjective or an equating clause; but then you're padding the translation (even though accurate), and can miss other nuances of rhythm, wordplay, keyword-pointers which the deft economy of the original language, communicates. Again, God deliberately wrote Bible in particular languages with particular writers for a reason. We shouldn't dilute or distort His Word by learning it except as He Wrote It. Which is why those manuscripts are preserved, duh.]

    Easier NT examples in translation of this tripartite nature are Tit3:5, 1Pet1:23, 1Thess5:23, Philemon 25. Often distinctions between soul and spirit components help the reader also see the "trichotomous" (theological term) nature of saved man, and these passages are many: Genesis 1 (underlying purpose is to draw deliberate analogy to being reborn, how the Holy Spirit acts like a mother hen to remake you at salvation); John 3, 1Cor2, Rom8, Gal5, 2Thess; all of Hebrews and 1Jn (but you can't see that fact well in translation, you have to know the keyword isagogics); and all "temple" passages (because it was the Holy Spirit Who filled the Temple in the OT). Distinctions between soulish and spiritual discernment are often made in passing, such as in Rom1:9; Rom7:6, 8:2, 10, (which make an economical play on words, showing how the Holy Spirit makes and runs the human spirit -- really, all of Romans 8 "spirit" verses are thus constructed to show the relationship, very witty); Rom 12:11 (jumping-off point is the transmutation verses of Rom12:1-3 in the Greek, again very witty); Gal6:18 (rich wordplay, again); 1Cor5:5, 1Cor14:14-16, 1Cor15:45, 16:18, 2Tim4:22, Heb4:12 help show the distinctions; 2Cor2:13 shows how carnality means your human spirit is not filled.

    One thing to watch out for: a lot of "in spirit" verses (i.e., 1Cor5:4, 1Cor6:17, 1Cor7:34, Col2:5) should be translated "by agency of the Spirit"; or, "by means of the [human] spirit" lest you completely miss the meaning ("in spirit" in English is totally different from the meaning intended). But even here wordplay is intended, the idea being that only the Holy Spirit can make your human spirit 'breathe'. James takes advantage of this Hebraic origin of breathing and born-again in James 2:26 (referencing Gen2:17, how we are all spiritually dead at birth).

    Another thing to watch out for: some translations put the word "spirit" in a verse but the original does not, i.e., 2Cor9:6 has the word "spirit" in Darby, but in no original text; Gal4:15 in New Living Translation adds the word "spirit", but it's NOT in the original text, nor even alluded to; Eph6:9 is another example, this time the New Jerusalem Bible inventing the word "spirit" which is not in the original text. New American Standard makes the same kind of mistake in Philippians 2:20 ("likeminded" would be a better translation), and again in Phili4:5 and 1Thess2:17, 1Tim5:21, 1Pet1:13 (they really shouldn't translate nepho as "sober", either), 1Pet4:7, 5:8, etc. [1Pet1:22 has "Spirit" in Scrivener and Stephanus, but not the other original-language texts. I don't really know on that verse, whether you can say those two texts are bad, since the text is true (i.e., only the Holy Spirit's work produces love, the main theme of 1Jn). I have no recollection of my pastor's or anyone else's textual criticism on that verse.]

    In short, it's very confusing to do this research in translation. Use the Hebrew ruach (and also sometimes nephesh, as it's wordplay on breathing), and Greek pneuma for your searches. You should get a pretty clear idea of the meaning of "born again" and the 'play' of the spiritual life, if you merely analyse the "spirit" verses in Bible. It takes time to cross-check your interpretation results, but you should be able to see that what's pitched as 'spiritual' in Christianity, is not. Too bad people don't do their homework. It takes time. God is infinite. Even if one merely begins a little surface searching, he can't help but realize the Bible is nothing like what's pitched as Christianity today...

Bride of Christ: this term references the Status of the Bride, or the Level of Value God the Holy Spirit MAKES out of Church FOR Christ. It definitely is a term for the marital-intimate relationship between the Church and the Head, Christ. Some passages are: John 17 and Matt22 (raison d'etre); 2Cor11:2, Eph5 ("Church" is a synonym for "Bride", as this passage clearly shows), Rev 18:23, 19:7, 21:2, 21:9, 22:17. Also in the Lord's bridegroom parables: Matt9:15, Matt25, Mark 2(passim) and Luke 5, John 2:9, 3:29. You should review the OT concept of Israel being intended Bride also: see the following chapters: Eze16, Jer2,3,4,11; all of Hosea, especially the 1st half. (God had him marry a prostitute to depict Israel's 'wifely' infidelity. Some dingbat will thus accuse God of being mean, so know now that Hosea was really in love with her, too. Ask any rabbi.) The 'grafted in' role of Church ('grafted' is Paul's term in Rom9-11) is due to the First Bride rejecting the Groom, but does not mean that the covenant to Israel won't be fulfilled. Rather, as Paul explains (ibid.), we are part of that fulfillment. Hebrews explains the interrelationship (main theme of the book).

the "Call", aka "Common Grace" but sometimes, God's "Election" or "appointment" of someone: over 700 verses here, in both OT and NT; a bunch of keywords are used. You can tell when God is the One calling, which 'type' of 'call' He means: words usu. translated "chosen" mean "election", though "called" in NT references it also (means called-to-inherit). It's kinda confusing. English translations are usually clear enough so you can get the idea. Matt22:14 distinguishes between calling and electing. Idea that if you don't elect to believe, then God doesn't elect you, either. Matt 7:23 in context also expresses this Justice-'matching' principle. See also "Matching" in purple font later on in this webpage.

Canon Completed: For some goofy reason, there's always been a raging debate in Christendom over whether Canon is completed. Of course, those who want to maintain it is not completed can thus interpose their own visions, etc. Satan in particular sponsors this attitude, for without it, he can't trot out fake scripture. If you look at the history of religion since the Cross, you'll see that a big trend in it has been the unrolling of 'updated' covenants which allege to improve the Bible -- and, particularly, to replace the New Testament. Book of Mormon and Koran are but two versions (covered at length to prove satanic authorship in SatStrat.htm). On a lesser scale, there have been scads of written counterfeit gospels, visions, etc. (usu. called 'apochrypha' or pseudopigrapha, to denote fakeness). Additionally, there have been thousands of folks rising up pronouncing their visions, claiming to be new apostles, etc. -- the 'catholic' denominations being primary among them. In short, it's a great way for Satan&Co. to beguile us all. Lies must be loud (i.e., make you FEEL good), to drown out detection. So the loudest, most popular claims of any kind are the ones which are most false. God doesn't need to make noise.

Christ's God-Man ("Hypostatic Union" in theology) Nature: In OT, future Humanity depicted by "bruise..heel" clause in Gen 3 (KJV uses that term, I think), and since the LORD is saying it, proves Deity will ADD Humanity. In Mosaic Law, the H.U. was depicted by the Ark, with the Mercy Seat being the actual WORK of that upcoming Humanity: Gold overlay depicted Deity, and the acacia wood, Humanity. The curse for anyone who hangs on a Tree is why wood depicted His Humanity, and harkens back to Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the cause of the curse. Some NT verses: (Deity) Matt3:17,11:27, John8:58 (neat play on words there between yinomai and eimi to show His Deity, after which He flashed his Deity at the crowd); (Humanity) John 19:58, Ps31:5 (His full last words, which John and Luke only partially record). (Both natures): Hebrews 1:1-3,6,8,10, 2:10-18,4:15, 5:8-9, 10:5-10 (major theme of the whole book); Jn1:1-3, Col1:15-18; Phili2:5-10, Luk2:52,

Christ's Titles (OT and NT): The LORD has a bizillion titles. Some are in these verses: Mat1:21, Ezek2:1, Isa7:14, Luk2:11, Jn1:1, Gal3:19, Jer23:6, Acts 10:3,6, 1Cor2:8, Rev 19:16.

Confessing Sins: Ps32:5, Ps66:18, 1Jn1:9, "if we judge ourselves" verse in 1Cor, many others using different rhetorical styles (like James, in James 4). You name your sins to God, since He is the One whom you 'deserted' in order to commit the sin. It's a breach of fellowship, not a loss of salvation. If you don't learn to monitor your thoughts and 'breathe' 1Jn1:9 (or its equivalent) to God on a regular basis, you will stay in a spiritual coma, and eventually die the "sin face-to-face with death" in 1Jn5:16. "Against Thee and Thee only have I sinned", David acknowledged. So any naming of sins to other people, well.. better get God's opinion on that, lest you make them sin by reacting to hearing about yours!

Covenants, types of: (Adamic/Edenic) Gen 2:15ff;(Noahic) Gen6:18, 9:8; (Abrahamic) 15:7,18, (Isaac) Gen17:9, (Jacob) Gen28:13, (Israel) Ex6:4, (Davidic) 2Sam23:5, (New) Jer31:31ff, (Church) Heb8:6, 9:15ff ("second" is keyword for Church covenant in Hebrews; implicit also in "better" clause in Heb7:18ff and the entire point about change-of-priesthood being needed, a major subtheme in Hebrews).

Creationism: It's soo embarrassing how both sides in the evolution versus creationism political wrangles, are dead wrong. No one bothers to even LOOK at the Bible, to properly debate! Even common sense would tell you that Infinite God doesn't need to spend six whole days creating something. Infinity just Wills a Thing Be, however big, small, etc. -- and it is EXACTLY as He wants it. Instantly. Even common sense tells you that no matter HOW long God wanted it to take, that's what HE wanted, and it was so. Hence if you don't read Bible, you don't know what God wanted, and you'll only hallucinate how long it took: and the others who fantasize contradictory things, will argue with you. That's what those science vs. Bible debates all are: many people hot and disagreeing based on their contradictory delusions. Same junk as the hallucinations about when the Exodus happened, no one bothering to consult the Author of the Event.

Creation of man, of soul: Gen2:7, but there are hundreds of verses, and about two dozen keywords! They aren't you'd expect, because Bible stresses that God does it, not so much the fact itself (the fact is axiomatically-treated). Thus possessive keyphrases are used, stressing how Only God Makes You Human At Birth (sadly controversial, today -- so this doctrine is drowned out). If you look at NTKeys.htm and search on "FORMED YOU" you'll see a listing of some keyphrases. Next best place to see how "min" is used, is Isa53trans.htm (both in Preface and WORKING translation): birthing meaning of "min" is a rhetorical device Isaiah uses repeatedly in the Hebrew. If you look up min in a lexicon like Thayer's or better, you'll see that BEYONDNESS is the root idea behind the preposition; everyone teaches this in seminary; it's not hidden; but no published Bible mistranslation of it, is fixed! This "min" birthing meaning is all about God's Ownership and Justice, not about some dippy political issue for short people to preen over in sinning self-righteousness! Oh well.

Crowns (athletic and kingly), Doct. of (see also "Inheritance"): 2Jn8, 2Tim? (Paul's "crown of righteousness"). Greek Keywords are stephanos (athletic/military) and diadema (kingly, but rarely used for our crowns in NT). Jas 1 has a reference to "crown of life"; "that no one take away your crown" or something like that is a Rev phrase in Rev2 or 3, used more than once.

"Death", 7 types of, in Bible: (physical); (sexual)Rom4; (carnal, believer) keyword "flesh", "fleshly", see Romans 8; (spiritual) in Adam all die, and all-sinned-when-Adam-sinned, meaning of Greek of Rom5:12; my brain went out. I'll come back to this one later.

"Dispensation" verses (aka "God's economy" -- "dispensation" is the olde English term, but it's in the Bible, not an invention of the 19th century): Verses are very many (over 500 on aiwn alone, but not all mean "age" for this purpose), and are usually mistranslated in English (KJV mistranslates some time words as "worlds"). So go by keywords. NT keywords (which have LXX counterparts, so ALL Bible is dispensational) are oikonomia & oikodomia (search also on their cognate verbs), kairos, chronos (sometimes), and especially aiwn, though kairos is favored, too. Some NT verses are (too many OT refs to list): 2Cor3:9, Eph3:21 (critical, Greek lexeme), Matt28:20 (and it's in ALL the best MSS!), Luke 21:24 (the Lord is dispensational); Heb1:2, 9:26c all dispensations are Designed By Father through, owing to Christ. [English uses "universe" or "worlds" for aiwnas, trés bizarre.] Also Heb2:5, same concept as Heb1:2, but applied to eternity. (same mistake in English! keyword in that verse is oikodome, but it's in an idiom with mellw, so more excusable). Also Acts 17:26. Also look up the Greek word "sunteleias", in Bauer Danker or other really detailled lexicon to see etymology. It's used in Matt28:20, Heb9:26c and mistranslated, imo, as "very end", because the etymology is JOINT CONTRIBUTION, idea of fully funding Greek play or other taxed-for-special purpose. That ties to the fact that 1st Advent is its own Dispensation and His Body (Church) is a separate dispensation, together funding the REST of history. Other verses say this doctrine also, but I sure didn't expect to find it here! [L1604 exeg of 1Cor12:7 is way diff from Engl translations. All translations are off, and provably so by ref to unabridged lexicons. I could prove Thieme's translation, even from there. Amazing: sumpheron there has like concept to sunteleias in Matt28:20, too. Dan11:36 also uses the term twice. Notes in BibleWorks on the Cor pass.] "Last days" and "last times" and "end times" are sometimes, but not always, Church Dispensation terms. One example where the term applies instead to the end of one's own life is in 2Tim3:1-2 (often mistaken for last-days "age", but is not). "Mystery" is also a keyword for Church (so used to designate a FAKE Church in Rev17); but you have to separate it from "Mystery of God" which is a separate OT keyword. The similarity between the two terms is deliberate, for both Israel and Church are to be joined together (not replacing each other) at the Cornerstone, Christ: see Eph2. (A more sophisticated parallel passage to Eph2 is in Hebrews, bracketing of Heb8:8-12 with Heb10:15-17 with Heb11:39-40, but it takes too long to explain.) I don't remember whether 2Pet3:18's last word is used to reference the Church Age. (It might be a concatenation? hemaran aiwnos -- sure looks a lot like Paul's Eph3:21 lexeme, but w/"Day of the Lord" flair? Find the class tapes.)

Divine Discipline to unbeliever: (in time) Luke 16:20ff, Acts12:23; (in eternity) Rev20:11ff (note that sins are not mentioned, but works); Matt25:41;

Divine Discipline to believer: Principle in general, for believer or unbeliever, in time: Matt7:1-3, Hosea8:7; for believer: Gal6:7-8, Heb12:6-15, Heb10 (last dozen verses in chapter), Heb 2:1, Heb 4:1-11; Capital punishment of, to body -- not a loss of salvation, as context clearly shows: 1Cor3 and 1Jn5:16 (e.g., v.13 is context). In Eternity, loss of believer's inheritance for quitting the spiritual life: 1Cor3, Rev2-3 (parameters explained), "glory..shame" clause in Phili3:19; "inheritance..kingdom" verses in NT where loss is mentioned (Gal5:21? or 3:21?) -- this phrase is a common refrain in NT. Also, "endure..end" clauses (or "endure..faith" or "hold fast..confession", English trans. vary so much): note carefully the context is NOT about salvation. 'Like, at end of Heb10, (and implied in) middle of Heb4, 2:1-2. A really cool one is an analogy to superior officer setting fire to the tunic of a sleeping watchman: it's in Rev, interjectory clause, toward the end, I forget where: "naked" is in the English trans.

Divine Blessing or Discipline to people/nation, parameters summarized: Lev 26, Deut28, Acts 17:26.

Elections, types of: (of Christ) ; (of creation) ; (of believers) Rom8:29-30, ;

Eternal Security (can't lose salvation -- see also the non-wet "Baptism" verses, and "Imputations"): Verses here are very many, because the Bible uses at least 10 different types of metaphors to communicate the fact you can't lose salvation. Root cause for the irrevocability of salvation is Christ, never us: we are Christ's Own Inheritance as King of Kings, just as saved Israel is to be HIS inheritance for Him as Son of David (cf Gal3, Eph1). So: substitution (e.g., 2Cor5:21, 1Pet3:18 -- note "that HE might bring us to God" -- "might" is subjunctive of purpose -- unlike tepid English, Greek has no doubt factor in it); all "redeemed/ redemption" (legal-status) verses used of people vis á vis God; blot verses tie to the redemption verses as well -- hard to search these in English. In Greek there are a good 50 verses with the 'blot' keyword exalepho alone (it changes ph-to-ps when it morphs); Hebrew is machah; gotta search on all synonyms (both actual and conceptual), too. All "reconciled-to-God" type verses; "born again" (e.g. John 3:16, esp. in context); legal-status litmus of have believed/have not believed (e.g., John16:9); "HAVING BEEN justified" (e.g., Rom5:1); "saint" (cf. beg. of most epistles); sonship (e.g., Heb12:6ff); heirship ("promise"/ "covenant"/ "inheritance" connected to the believer "us"/"you"), (i.e., Heb9:15ff); eternal life attribution (e.g, John10:28, 11:28); "Righteousness" attribution (e.g., 2Cor5:21); "in" Christ (position, e.g., 2Cor5:17 and all of Romans 6,8); "Sealing/Sealed" (ancient world's signature guarantee, search on "Holy Spirit" and "Sealing", below); priesthood status (because priesthood appointments are always for lifetime, e.g., 1Pet2:5,9 esp. compared with Heb7). In English, some of the more obvious verses in these areas are: Gal3:13&26, 1Pet1:23&3:18, Tit3:5, John3:16,18,36,16:9 1Cor3:15, 2Cor5:14,15,17,21, Ex32:32, Rev3:5; Heb12:6ff, Jn10:28, 1Jn2:25, 1Jn5:13 (5:11 and following), Acts 13:48, Jn17:2, Rom2:7, Rom5:8&21, Heb2:9&9:12, Heb11:7. Also: English translations reading "everlasting life" is really "Eternal Life" in orig langs. The two are NOT the same (unbelievers have everlasting life, too -- in Hell. Eternal Life, by contrast, is an Attribute of God, His Own type of Life. We sorta 'break into' it, as my pastor likes to note, upon salvation.)

Faith Alone in Christ Alone: There are hundreds of verses here. Most verses assume you already know it's faith alone, in both OT and New, so most verses referencing this fact of the only way to be saved, are allusive and in wordplay. If you have a computer Bible program like BibleWorks, search on "faith" and "believe" and their synonyms (or cognates), as your starting point in comprehensive research. Remember the basis for salvation is the Cross, so you either BELIEVE in Him or not; thus you can search on all those 'basis' verses as well, to assure yourself you're not hallucinating meaning. (See, if the Cross Basis is recognized, then you know for sure that nothing but belief is a valid verb for salvation, since there's nothing 'leftover'; which, of course, Bible repeatedly says.) Some of the balder, easier verses to see are: John 3:16,18,36 (really all of John 3 is a treatise), 16:9; Acts 16:31, Eph1:13, 2:8-9; Romans4:4, Gen15:6, Rom2:28(circumcision analogy), Phil3:9. Handy chapters of Bible which interrelate basis and that initial belief-for-salvation are 2Cor5, Galatians (whole book), Heb4-10, Romans 5-8 [all of which also explain how post-salvation life is a structural repeated believing, so Bible's consistent -- you don't get saved by faith and then work your buns off, you keep hearing and believing to grow up spiritually (main theme of Rom8)]. As you might guess, we of the 21st century aren't the first people to have trouble with the Gospel: nearly all the NT is based on it, to show WHY God constructed salvation (i.e., why not works). OT is largely based on it as well, but the writing style uses so many concrete metaphors (i.e., lamb analogy depicts basis and the OT sacrifice depicted belief), it takes more time to comprehend.

Father, Godness and role of: OT References exist, but remember that the LORD is God of Israel. So the prophecies of His adding Humanity to Himself reference His Humanity talking with The Father. Some of the LORD's titles also use "Father", but since that term also means "Author" or "Originator", there will be something in the verse to distinguish Son from The Father, like in Jer31:9, Ps89:26, Ps110:1, Isa9:6. NT verses are many, often using "Father" by name or designating Him by a description of one of His Roles. 2Cor5:21 is an example of the latter. Eph1:1-20 shows both.

Free will:(exchange) Ps106:20,Rom1:26, (hardening one's own heart) Deut15:7, 1Sam6:6, Ps95:8,Heb3:8,Ex8:32,Job9:4,Jn12:40,Mt19:8,Mk3:5,10:5,16:14; Eph4:18; Ps69:18, Isa34:1,Jas4:8,Jn7:17,1Chr29:5, (refusal) Prov1:24, Ps78:10, Prov8:33, Jer9:6,

Gentiles, prophecies of: This is one of the biggest doctrines in the Bible, in terms of verse quantity. It is a key to God's outline of all prophecies and to God's organization of the timelines of history. Essentially, Israel was supposed to evangelize the nations, but did not sufficiently do so. So, the prophecy was that a) the Gentiles would eventually get the 'light' (keyword, OT), and b) God would do it anyway, using it in part to discipline Israel for not fulfilling its priestly-evangelical role. Some really big passages on this topic easily come to mind: Isa54, Hosea's not-my-people, whole book of Jonah. But the references are everywhere. If you search on "Gentiles" or "nations" verses, you get a good many of them. However, in typical Biblical style, many more verses are uncovered by allusion -- meaning, some key concept central to the prophecy, or some keyword within one or more specific prophecies is tangentially mentioned in a verse. For example, when Paul talks about Israel's jealousy (Deut32:31 referenced in Rom10:19, 11:11, 11:14) he's talking about this prophecy. To see it, you might start by reading Bible beginning at Exodus, highlighting any references. For another example, the entire "call" to Israel to be a priest nation is itself stressing the prophecy. For, Israel was to be the salvation of the world, and thus the messenger to the world about Messiah-to-come. There is so much more to say here, but this brief set of 'hints' will have to do.

God's Nature, Attributes:(Eternal Life)1Jn5:20,Isa57:15,Hab1:12,(Righteousness)Dan9:7,Rom1:17,3:21,

Heirship of believer (See also "Crowns" and "Inheritance"): Rom8:17

Hell, existence of:Matt18:8,Mat25:41,Luke16:9,Isa66:16,

Hell, nonexistence of:

Holy Spirit, Godness and role of:Gen1's "Spirit of God". OT has too many verses to list. "Spirit of the Lord" and "Spirit of God" are the most common titles referencing Him. (In the Lord's Day, the Pharisees believed in the Spirit, but the Saducees did not, so the awareness of these verses was well-established, viz., Acts 23:8.) Some cites are: Gen6:3, Gen 41:38, Exo35:31, Numb11:17,25, Numb11:26, 24:2, 2Kings2:16, Isa11:2. There is a truly horrible false doctrine that the Holy Spirit is a 'manifestation' of God. I don't know where that nonsense comes from, but the egregious mistranslation of 1Cor12:7 in all Bibles I have (English or not) might be a reason. The word translated "manifestation" (and in non-Eng, cognate forms), which in original lang is the action noun "phanerosis": "Doctrinal teaching". Better (i.e., Bauer) lexicons usually say 'revelation' or 'disclosure of truth': which is fuzzier, but certainly not "manifestation"! (Frankly, that whole verse is mangled in every translation I have.)

Indwelling (of body), Doct of (applies to 1st Advent and Church only): All Three Members, 2Cor13:14 -- this functions as the Articles of Incorporation by the Real, Live, Divine Trinity 'corporation' (usage of Greek article denotes both Co-Equality and Independence, Monadic Uniqueness of Each Person). By Holy Spirit: 1 Cor3:16, 1Cor6:19-20, Rom8:11, 2Cor6:16. By Father: Jn14:23 (prophesied), Eph4:6, 2Jn9, Philip 2:13 (fact of). By Deity of Christ as Shekinah Glory: all "in Him" or "Christ in you" verses (i.e., Col 1:27), plus Jn14:20, 17:22-23 (prophesied), Rom 8:10, 2Cor13:5, Gal2:20, Col 1:17 (legal basis), 1Jn2:24 and 3:24 (fact of), 2Cor13:14 (in Greek, this verse has a cool omission of verb or preposition, denoting Oneness In You, Fulfilling John 17 prayer). See also "Born Again" and "Holy Spirit" and "Faith Alone in Christ Alone" entries, as those entries also reference Indwelling verses in the context of your spiritual birth (=brith, contract).

    Bible is written like a thesaurus. So Indwelling and Filling are related: it's due to the Indwelling, that you can even GET the Filling. 1Jn specializes in playing on this dual-entendre usage of "in Him". In Him, paid for on the Cross, so you live in Him now, which means He lives in You. But your soul doesn't 'live' in Him (have fellowship) if you don't know Him, and hence the need for Filling, 1Jn1:9. Paul plays on how Indwelling 'begets' the ability to get Filling, in all his letters (both Paul and John are addicted to begetting themes, since the Lord stressed them so much). Very witty. Indwelling makes you into a Temple, and Filling is akin to the Shekinah Glory Filling the Temple in the OT days, since the Temple is Behind the Veil, now (main theme of Hebrews Chaps 5-10, especially Chapters 6 and 9). So you are a living Temple, Eph2, kitted out and joined by Word Instruction (Eph4:11-16) under your pastor teacher (v.16) in order to become fully mature at Christ's Own Level (shocking verse, 4:13). Hence the need for Filling, else you are a defiled, empty, worthless Temple.

Inheritance of believer (see also "Crowns" and "Heirship": Heb9:15, "overcomes" verses in Revelation, Rev1:6, 5:10; all "promise" verses in the NT (really means "prize", a set-aside award, not merely a promise), all "measure" verses in NT (keyword ties back to Isaiah 53:12's booty concept). Many more verses: I'll have to compile them and redo this entry: inheritance verses are many more than you can find in translation, because the money concepts are heavy (i.e., "fruit" is "profit", not an apple, for crying out loud); it's not politically-correct to say God is the God of His Own Riches. So all "riches" verses (hundreds of those) reference Heirship and Crowns, as well.

Imputations:(at salvation, God's Righteousness)Gen15:6,Ps106:31,Isa61:10,Jer23:6,Rom4:3, Gal3:6, 2Cor5:21,(Christ's Righteousness)1Cor1:30,

"Judge for yourselves" (Holy Spirit is Authority): 1Cor2, 2Cor13:5, Acts17:11,

Justification: Rom5:1, Isa53:10-12 in LXX and BHS original-language texts (not merely either one alone), all "tsedekah" and "dikaios" verses used in connection with man (hundreds of them); all "sanctified" or "sanctification" verses in the NT.

Learning Bible Doctrine, verses on: see "Priest-Kingship" table below. Also, Hos4:6,Prov4:8,Ps138:2,2Tim3:16,Tit1:9,2:10, 2Jn9, Jas1:22, Ps119:98, Prov8:11, Luk2:52, Acts 7:22,Rom11:33,1Cor1:24,1Cor2:16&1Cor1:30,

Quick Proof in James: THE WORD is what works.

James is probably the earliest epistle, so it is obvious that even then learning Bible Doctrine as the spiritual life was a known thing. Learning Torah has always been deemed the quintessential spirituality in Judaism, so the Lord's usage of Doctrine, and James' stress here should be no surprise. You can't 'get' the meaning of Jas unless you 'get' that this learning-of-Scripture is his central theme: 1:3-4 the testing of Doctrine You Believe Produces Staying Power (hupomone, mistrans'd patience/endurance) and maturity (teleiow, v.4, trans'd ok in NIV); for, The Word Does The Work. [These are big Bible keywords, and every Scripture writer uses them. Even in the LXX. It would help if you knew that the two big bloopers Jewish believers always have made since Moses, is that they either a) consider themselves holy simply because they know the Law, or b) consider themselves holy simply because they do the Law. The Integration of a) and b) was always a problem, and remains one today, as should be fairly easy to prove. So too, with Christians: we either bethink ourselves holy because we 'know' Scripture, or because we 'do' things -- not integrating them. Learn first, then do. Get competent first. Then, do. Duhhhh.]

    A lot of misinterpretation in James comes from people lusting to justify a works-based spiritual life. So, works-lust Christians miss the fact that in Greek, like in English, words translated "save" (sozo) or "justify" (dikaiow) don't only mean to-Heaven, but instead also (and first) mean "to rescue/deliver/preserve", and "vindicate", respectively. Just as, the audience James wrote to missed these facts. Remember what the Lord said about the Pharisees? So when you see 2:24, you'll know that "justified" means "vindicated", and is a post-salvation thing. And you also know it's a post-salvation thing, because 1:21b's "emouton" means you are already a believer (usu. trans'd 'implanted', 'engrafted') -- Word is already in you. (Christ=Word, one of His Titles, cf John1. "in Christ" is a condition which results: see all the "in Christ" or "in Him" verses in NT.) So again, at the end of 1:21b, when you see "save" you know it means "rescue/deliver/preserve", and is not talking about getting saved. Of course, if you were smart about Greek, you'd know that "receive" there is dechomai, which has a rich history in Greek, meaning to receive again with gladness, love, someone formerly among you. In short, you already believed in Him; so, receive His Thinking (1Cor2:16), the Word of the Word. [Subtheme in 1:21ff, the Power of the Word. James uses the word "dunami" which isn't the tame English "able" in 1:21. It's a Power Word, to have power, be powerful, and thus able. So: it might not be remembered easily, but it's obvious upon remembrance, that ANY use of Truth is extremely powerful. If you use the truth about atoms, you blow up miles of territory and people. Word is Pure Truth, so is infinitely more powerful than the atom bomb...]

So, thus armed, test this interpretation as you read James: The Word not sterile, dead. But understand this fact 'neither to the right, nor to the left', as the OT so frequently admonishes. 'RIGHT': Word is not to be ignored in favor of works, NOR 'LEFT': not to be mouthed merely, but 'Straight Path': Believed. (See also Deut30:11 and Rom10:9-10.) Then, the Word Works Out The Completion: first enabling staying power (1:3), and from that staying power, mature completion in every category (1:4). James repeats that theme over and over in his letter (actually, every Bible book stresses it). See 1:18, 21b-25, the pregnancy and birth analogy +doing the Word analogy, +mirror-of-Word analogy. It's the Word BORN in you that produces, get it? says James. Obviously, from all the other stuff he says in Chapter 1+2, they weren't believing the Word, so what got produced was pride, uncontrollable tongue, etc.: the 'child' of what they believed, was sin (1:13-15).

So, the much-misused Jas 2:14ff works without faith, faith without works is idling, like a dayworker not hired, so "dead" is a mistranslation (see a lexicon) -- has quite a different meaning, heh. Scripture is fulfilled by believing the Word, and the Word Works, and also works to Complete You 2:22-23: neat play on the pregnancy, being born, and filling/growing you up, so IT fulfills. Frequent NT and LXX Bible keyword there: plerow (to fill up, fulfill). Note also how verse 26, body without Spirit is dead (no "the", so means Holy Spirit) closes off the point in 2:14b, that faith itself doesn't save (duh -- Holy Spirit regenerates us, as Lord told Nicodemus in John 3). So, God the Holy Spirit and learning Bible Doctrine under Him are the spiritual life (cf John 4:24), without which, all is stillborn.

Notice also the type of analogy he makes in Chapter 2. James doesn't pick some new believer, hot-to-trot-for-God. Babies make stuff in diapers; aren't born as practicing oral surgeons! Notice also James doesn't pick someone who obeyed the Mosaic Law, either. Instead, James chooses as his quintessential example, Abraham, who spent a lifetime learning until he was strong enough to believe enough to sacrifice Isaac. (Of course, the Lord Himself had 30 years' of downtime, learning!) See? Seeds don't 'produce' fruit, but trees do. Immature humans aren't capable of bearing kids. So, be patient: Grow Up First In The Word; then the works of the Word will manifest; for if even Christ had 30 years' learning beforehand, don't we sinners made new in Him need it, too? Neither to the right, nor to the left.

This interpretation isn't rocket science, to corroborate: check it out for yourself. NIV is probably the clearest of the English translations, but none of them are so far off you can't get the point, if you read in context and follow the author's own lines of explanation. For added pleasure, pick any NT epistle you like and see if you don't now recognize repeatedly that each author says the same thing as James does, here.

Life-beyond-death in OT: Eccl3:11,Isa57:15, Ps145:13,Ps23:6b, Dan12:2,1Chr17:4,

Matching-of-Justice by God, esp. regarding Judgement(see also SpirPath.htm). This is an extremely important doctrine to understand. It works both ways: positively, and negatively, as you'll see if you examine the following verses. Judges 1:7, Ps18:25, Ps137:7 (136:7 in LXX), Jer5:19, Obad1:15, Matt7:1-2, Mark 4:24, Luke 6:38, 2Cor 9:6, 2Thess 1:6-7, Jas2:13 (compare to flipside, the "royal law", Lev19:18 stated in Jas2:8); Rev18:6.

Mediatorship (of Christ), role of: 1Tim2:3-6, Job9:2,30,32-33, all "Mercy Seat" and "Redeemer" verses, whole book of Hebrews (esp Chapts 1-3, 5:1-10,6:13-20,7,8-10);2Cor5:21 (sample verse showing the essential function of Mediator),

Pastor-teachers, role of: see RightPT.htm for a fuller explanation. All of 1 and 2Tim, Eph4:11-16 (in Greek: English is fuzzy and misleading). OT precedence is extensive: prophets were pastors and foretellers (but as Hebrews 1 and Rev19:? explains, all foretelling now goes through the Son); rabbis and priests also had teaching roles. In NT, pastors alone have that authority (Eph4:11's poime kai didaskalos, a hyphenated term due to Granville Sharp rule). Important to distinguish between the authority and the any-believer-can-explain (witness or "refreshment" "encouragement") role. The latter has no authority.

Position in Christ, of believer: 2Cor5:17, Col1:25-27, all "in Christ" or "in Him" verses in NT; John's term for this is "born of God", viz. 1Jn5:18. See also "Baptism of Spirit" in the "Baptism" purple topic, above.

Prayer, mechanics of, by Church Believers:

Only Priest-Kingship status (see next table, below) gives us the juridical standing to pray, so no other class of humans has any legal access in God's Court (see also Rom5:1-2). Let's not treat prayer like a bandaid or magic wand, k? Prayer has a protocol, covered by many verses in NT both by example and explicitly. If you don't follow the protocol, your prayer will not be heard. It's a juridical matter, not a feel-good, not a magic set of words (the so-called Lord's prayer is an outline, not something you mindlessly say, lol). See how the Lord Himself prays in John 17; how Paul does in Eph1 & 3, middle of each chapter (every Pauline epistle has something about prayer).

  • So, prayer will not be 'heard' if you are in a state of sin (Ps32:1-4, 66:18-19, Romans 8),
  • so you must pray while filled with the Spirit (Eph6:18, Jude 1:20, 1Thess 5:15-19),
  • which occurs when you use 1Jn1:9 (see that verse in context -- related verses show that only while Spirit-filled is anything effective).
  • Also, prayer must be in the 'name' of Christ (onoma means authority, title, person besides just a name): this is why no unbeliever can have his prayer heard. See 2Chron7:14 (OT Precedence); John 15:26, 16:24,26; Jas 5:14.

      Note: OT prayers were addressed TO Christ because He is the God of Israel. By contrast, Church is a Royal Priesthood under Christ to FATHER, so we pray to Father. But, in the Lord's Name, since it is BECAUSE of Him we have the standing to pray. God is not magic, and will not accept a prayer which doesn't respect the protocol.
    There's more to the doctrine of prayer than this, but these are the basic protocols most Christians don't follow (i.e., they pray to the wrong person, they are in a carnal status, don't recognize that they themselves are Royal Priests, etc). Obviously, other common-sense 'protocols' would be true: like, if you aren't forgiving someone else, why should God hear your prayer? If you doubt Him, why should He coddle your lack-of-faith (see Jas1)? (Doubting whether He wants to say yes to your request compared to doubting HIM -- big difference, there. It's the latter doubt which is a kind of stingy-servant reasoning, and will get no reply.) If you ask God to do something to violate freedom or integrity (i.e., Father, make that boy love me), expect silence in reply. Etc. Common-sense, good manners, etc. Good passage summing up the meaning is 2Chron7:14, which in essence remains true for Church, too.

      Anyone who is a believer can pray, following these protocols. If you were an axe-murderer, but a believer, and you have used 1Jn1:9 You Can Pray just as much as the 'nicest' Christian: remember the parable of the publican and the Pharisee. Think of it this way: the worse a person you are, the more you should pray and the more if you follow the protocol, God should accept it, since HE ordained prayer as serving Him. And the worse you are, means the more you should serve Him. So the better you are, the more you realize how short you are, and you don't resent the one who seems worse than you, but the more you support that person. See: we are all puny. And God never puts down anyone, Rom8:1. Only fragile egos, put down. God puts up, so put up His Son, so you get to put up prayer BECAUSE of His Son. Not, because of yourself.

      So be bold (Rom5:1). So if your prayer is big (and it should be, for Christ is Big, and God even answered Jabez, but chastised Ahaz for thinking small in Isa7), and you get a provable YES fulfillment, don't get fat-headed. It's bad enough that people are mad because God has authority, so they think His Rules must mean some kind of put-down, and thus reject prayer protocol, thinking oh, if I'm sincere, God is required to hear my prayer: is there any bigger arrogance, than this?! So, too: it's bad enough that believers think themselves special because they can pray and get answers from Father. IT'S CHRIST WHO'S SPECIAL: so let's not complicate the mechanics by our ego-lies, shall we?

    This table's writing is sharp and intimidating, right? Well, here's why: Prayer is a powerful WEAPON and humanity needs competent Christian warriors, not sloppy babies. So keep using 1Jn1:9, learning Doctrine (so you can pray competently), and follow the protocols. No money can do this job, and no humans on earth have it.. but us. We will be held responsible for this role, and we should be, since the Royal Priesthood Is The Monopoly Of Church. I can't think of a scarier truth, than the fact we are Royal Priests to Father. Lack of respect here is the worst thing self can do! Also, I can't think of a happier fact, for learning to function as a Royal Priest means growing in Rapport with God Our Savior, Who Chose to take on Humanity in order to BECOME that King-Priest kata Melchizedek, rather than assert His Privileges as Co-Equal God! (See Phili2:5-10 and any verse where He talks of or to Father, in Gospels.)
  • Predestination: Acts 13:48, Rom8:29-30,

    Priest-Kingship TO FATHER, for Church ONLY, legacy of His Work on Cross.

    Each Believer has This Office personally.

    Who can be More Important Than Father; especially, in the eyes of His Son? Passages proving to-Father are implicit and explicit. A few obvious ones: John 17, Eph1-2, Heb2 and 4 (it's the foremost cause for the replacement of the Law in Heb5-12), Rev1:6(!), Rev5:10 (Jesus Christ is High Priest to FATHER, and we are kingdom-of-priests under Him to FATHER forever). Those and following verses cover many related topics at once. This Priesthood To Father conclusively proves why only Thinking Bible Doctrine is the spiritual life. Precedence keyword is in Isa53:11: da'ath in Heb, sunesis in Greek. Sunesis is a frequent NT term; Look up its etymology to see it's Mastery-Of-Thinking. (Etymology on this word is extensive.) [Clearly, God has no needs; so God doesn't 'need' human works, but Son's Thinking, which is what paid for our sins. Works, anywhere you want to look in Bible in context, has a self-beneficial or witness function only. Check it out yourself. 'Works' at best would obviously be a natural by-product of Thinking Bible, but is a body thing, so not spiritual of itself. At worst, works would be that recurring OT metaphor spiritual "harlotry", as expressed in scathing passages like Ez16, Hosea (whole book), Zech7, Pharisee-verses in Gospels; Rev17 gets its ecumenical-harlot imagery from the OT depictions.]

      All other priesthoods are to the Lord's Deity, so this Church Priesthood is Unique. Raison d'etre for this unique Priesthood (headed by Christ) and its result: John17, Eph1-2, Heb5-10 (echoed in Col2:9ff, an earlier book), 1Cor2 and 2Cor5 (whole chapters are primers). Plus all NT "Kingdom" verses (well,some in Gospels refer to Israel, but the latter still refused at that point) . 1Pet2:5,9, Rev1:6, Rev5:10; Acts 1:5-8. (HS is given because of our office -- cross-reference this passage with "Spirit" verses, e.g., Eph5:18, 1Thess5:19.) More Panoramic passages: 1Cor3 and 6; 1Tim2; Eph1-4 (paralleled by 1Pet1:1-14); 1Jn1 (in Greek -- John is talking about PRIESTLY functions: i.e., katharizw is only used in in the present tense in the OT for the TEMPLE, and was a post-death future for the OT people; compare to Eph1-2, Heb5-10) ; all of Hebrews (which focuses on the Change In Covenant due to Cross), esp. Chaps 2, 5-10; all "pray" and "prayer" verses 'after' Gospels (you can pray to FATHER because you are a Royal Priest to FATHER). "[S]ons of God through faith in Christ Jesus" (Gal3) and passages of similar "sons" meaning (i.e., Abba, Father verse); concept of priestly dedication in verses like 1Thess4:7 and 2Pet3:11; representatives-of-God (essence of priesthood-rulership function) verses like 2Cor5:20, 1Tim2, 1Cor4:8 (sarcastic, chiding them); "Body" and "Bride" verses, and passages referencing those roles, like 1Col1:18-27.

    "Pastor-Teachers" have authority within the Body, so we are not our own teachers (viz., Eph2&4, esp.4:11 -- poimev kai didaskalos means "pastor-teacher"); but there are no priests between the believer and God, for each believer is a "saint" (see all "saint" verses, hayios and hayiazw in Greek). That's why we name our own sins to God the Father, not someone else (1Jn1:9, esp. in context and in Greek, which uses OT Temple words).

    Really, every NT book has some kind of reference to our roles beginning from the time (i.e., Matt16:18) the Lord announces He will build the Church Upon Himself. [Not upon Peter, for crying out loud. See bald passages like 1Cor3. See, Peter is not the Savior, and "Petros" is a little piece of the Rock, Christ Himself. Greek for "rock" in Matt16:18 is Petra, and is a very common keyword for the Lord in the LXX, referencing the BEDROCK on Mt. Zion (Nee: Mt. Moriah on which Isaac was almost sacrificed) -- it became pedestal for the Ark in the Holy of Holies (Temple was built around this Bedrock by Solomon). See also Ps146:2 (147:2 in English); 1Pet2:5, 2Pet1:20-21, (showing Peter knew the Lord meant Himself as Rock), Heb6-10, esp. 6:18, which is a wordplay on Petra as Anchor. See for yourself: only the Greek words are substituted in this KJV paste: "KJV Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Petros, and upon this Petra I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." Greek for "this" is "houtos", and, like Petra, it's in the FEMININE gender (Petros is masc.) So "this rock" cannot refer to Peter. English trans is not the language of inspired Scripture. Catholicism tries to replace the Royal Priesthood, with its own, which is why RCC and like faiths are represented as they are in Rev17 -- just as counterfeit OT faiths were represented (same analogy runs rife through OT).]

      Christ was represented by that BEDROCK, but now the Rock becomes a PERSON; so the Stone Temple is replaced; instead, built on CHRIST with "living stones" (Greek word lithoi, stones one WRITES ON), one of Peter's favorite metaphors (he loves playing on the fact that his name means he is a piece of the ROCK). Ephesians 2 explains this point panoramically as Father's Design. So we are not an institution, but a Body (Ephesians' theme) of People, Built On The Person Who Saved Us. Could it BE more obvious that any institutionalized religion is heretical? Could Rev17 and the OT harlotry metaphors on which it is based be more clear? Research it yourself.

    If Lord so deeply disciplined Paul for his Nazirite vow in Acts 21 et seq., which would have blasphemed the Royal Priesthood (vow would have subjected Paul, a Royal Priest, to a mere Levitical one, so Lord didn't allow Paul to complete that vow); how much more discipline will accrue to those who (variantly) reject their Royal Priesthood outright... [Now I understand why the Greek in NT is generally so high and dramatic, why Paul calls this time in history the "Age over the Ages" (Eph3:21, Greek lexeme, corrected trans). "Thinking Out Loud" megaseries traces out Church roles to explain and test sense, accuracy-of-interpretation of Church role and corollaries; esp. in Parts I, III, IV. It is accessible from the Home Page. Read it in order, though, so you won't lose the accounting flow and thus get frustrated by series' length.]

    There are specialized words in Greek which the LXX uses; NT uses these same words to point to the LXX, so reader would get the analogy. These words were also well-known in Greek drama sequences where someone lived at the temple to serve some god. Each NT writer highlights certain LXX words: for example, John uses ho own, skenoo, menw, stressing FELLOWSHIP as a result of priesthood; Peter likes hupo-prefixed words and "priest"; all use hupomenw, doulos. Also see all the rock words and their kindred: "stone", "rock", "gold/silver/precious stones" (because these are the kind of 'stones' we become, via growing up in Son's Thinking). Run searches throughout Scripture, not just NT, so you understand the NT metaphor and how the Temple is now Living, not stone. Also look at the prophecy of the New Covenant's written-on-hearts promise (Jer31:31-34) and trace its references. Wish I could say more! Maybe later I can restate this table more clearly, with more keywords, for there are many -- meanwhile, use 1Jn1:9 and ask Father in Son's name to cause you to see and understand from Scripture this most important doctrine of your spiritual life.

    Prohibitions which continue (i.e., from OT into NT):

    Propitiation (part of Work of the Cross), verses on: OT "burnt offering verses"(His COMPLETE saving work) and "meal" offering verses(Impeccability); Rom3:25, 1Jn2:2, 4:10. "Sweet savor" verses (about 100) reference Propitiation. Depicted by Ark (Greek hilasterion, Heb kopher) in OT, which Ark also depicted the Hypostatic Union. Depicted by Petra verses also, since the Petra on which the Ark sat substituted for the Ark after Nebuchanezzar took and melted it down -- predicted as REPLACEMENT to Ark in verses like Jer31:31-34.

    Reconciliation (part of Work of the Cross), verses on: "Peace" offering in OT, also depicted in Nazirite vow (e.g. Numb6); Rom5:11, Isa53:5,

    Redemption (part of Work of the Cross), aka "Ransom" (payment which causes Redemption), verses on: Ps49:8, Ps111:9, Rom8:23, Job19:25; some redemption of soul at salvation verses are Eph4:30, Gal3:13, Eph1:7, Col1:14 (both the Eph and Col. cites are in Attic Greek, not koine, so likely mistrans'd and nowadays misinterp'd), Heb9:12, 1Pet1:18-19. Body redemption verses are ones like Eph4:30 and the really-famous chapter in 1Cor15 (though 'spiritual body' in English is a bad translation, and very misleading); 1Thess4 is on it also. "Day of Redemption" is a synonym for what we today call the "Rapture" (a term derived from a Latin translation of 1Thess4:13; real Bible word for what we call the Rapture is exzanastasis, lit. "exit-resurrection" in Phil3:11).

    Redeeming the time: Usu. mistranslated in English: Eph4:16, Col4:5 (same three words in Greek). KJV gets it right.

    Resurrection of Christ: Father's role in restoring Christ's Human Spirit to and from Heaven and to the Grave, Acts 2:24, 27, Rom6:4, Eph1:20, Col 2:12, 1Thess 1:10, 1Pet1:21. Spirit's role in restoring Christ's Soul to and from Hades and to the Grave, Rom 1:4, Rom8:11, 1Pet3:18. Christ's role in His Own Resurrection (using His Deity), Jn 2:18-22. [My pastor reads this passage as saying the Lord created His Own Resurrection Body, so that passage alone completely destroys all those goofy 'shroud' ideas. See also the Greek of John 20:6, which show the traditional burial STRIPS (othonia, plural) being left in the tomb. Somewhere in my websites I cover the shroud fantasy in more detail, but can't remember which page has the material. Relic hunters have precarious faith and big emotional problems obstructing their faith; that's why blatant Bible verses like John 20:6 -- which is only correctly translated in NIV, but NIV is a popular translation -- can sit there, unnoticed, making a fool of those who believe in the shroud thingy. Common sense would tell you God wouldn't leave behind a naked picture of His Son's Body, especially since He bared His Soul for us to learn, aka the Bible, 1Cor2:16. Pray for all relic hunters? Note to self: latest review on this topic is L1818, 92SD.]

    Righteousness of man: Isa64:6 ("filthy" there is literally "menstrual"), "none..righteous" verses (passim in NT and OT, first in OT), "stench" verses; Rom5:12's "come short" clause; "unclean" verses (not mere ceremonial uncleaness, but rather substantial ones like the "I am a man of unclean lips");

    Sainthood of believer: Deut33:2, Rom8:27, all "saint" verses

    Salvation: Context is critical here, as "save" in the Bible is used in more ways than merely the getting-you-to-Heaven sense. As saved-for-heaven: Acts16:31, John3, Eph2:8-9 "shall live, even if he dies" (the Way Truth Life verse); as delivered-from-upcoming-destruction, or saved from loss/harm: "endure" verses;

    Sanctification: Jn17:19, 1Cor1:2,30,Heb10:14-17(tied to Footstool)

    Sins, verses of: (of the tongue) Eph4:29,Tit3:2,(anger)Jas1:20,(hatred)1Jn4:20,Gen27:41, 2Sam13:15,Jn15:25,17:14,Num35:20,Ps25:19, (pride)Prov6:17, Rom12:16,

    Sola Scriptura (aka Canon is completed w/Rev), verses supporting: See:"Bible is Infallible", above. Frankly, this is a Promise from the beginning, baldly illustrated by the fact MOSES Wrote the first five books of the Bible, which the people were then to 'write' in their hearts: see Deut 6, 9, 30. Which promise Jeremiah repeats to comfort Israel in the context of their losing the Ark, in Jer31:31-34. David notes the promise frequently; i.e., when he prostrates himself in Ps138:2. The Ps119 people, who were torturously marched to Babylon, kept on recalling this PROMISE and 'writing' Scripture in their hearts: when they say, "Thy Word is Truth." Poignantly. Of course, the very meaning of calling the Lord, "The Word" sums up the entire REASON why getting Written Word is so important: to know HIM. His Humanity is the Completed Writing in a Human Soul of all this Truth, which He Became ("Way..Truth..Life" verse). Which, until that happened, people couldn't get the REST of the Word written in them (John 7:39). See? The entire point is to get the Word written in you. So, the writer of Hebrews also repeats the Jeremiah promise in Heb8:8-12, to show how, now that Christ is Risen and Seated (theme since Chapter 1), Church Gets Completed Canon As The Method To Implement "Footstool", bookending in Heb10:15-17, martureo in EFFECTIVE PRESENT TENSE.

    Sonship of believer (see also Heirship, Inheritance, Sonship); Rom8:14, Gal3:26, "Abba" verse, "children" verses in NT, 1Jn3, "inherit" verses (can't inherit unless eligible, meaning a son). As usual, when a doctrine is foundational, it is portrayed in Bible mostly by allusion, and there are many sonship/slaveship keywords. Greek term "doulos" doesn't mean servant, but also son (and you know how very many servant verses there are). Famous Greek play "Ion" is based on the double-entendre meaning of "doulos", and is the literary backdrop Paul deliberately uses when writing to the Greek sea peoples the circular letter we know as "Ephesians". Euripedes wrote the play. Read it, and then you will find yourself suddenly able to see tons of references in the NT to sonship.

    Soul, nature of: Hebrew keyword nephesh, Greek word psuche. Best to search by keyword, since there are so many verses. Basically your Thinking is in your soul, not your body, and the soul is the real you, made at BIRTH (pattern of Gen2:7). Humanness is your soul, not your biological body. But you'll see that, if you search on nephesh (and especially if you search on phpphphph breathing sounds in the Hebrew, very witty).

    (human) spirit, nature of: see "Born again" entry. Hebrew keyword ruach (which often means The Holy Spirit, not the human spirit), and Greek keyword pneuma (often same usage in Greek, as in Hebrew). Again, over 570 verses, so you're best off searching on the keywords.

    Spiritual growth (see also Learning Bible doctrine):1Cor2:6,2Pet3:18,

    Stone-too-heavy-to-lift! Isa 53:5's "crushed" (badly translated "bruised" in some English Bibles") has the root meaning of "a weight too heavy to carry" in the Hebrew. Compare this to the "lifted" and "cornerstone" and "Stone" verses.

    Temptation, role of: Matt4, Gethesemene prayer, Heb4, Rom4. What's essential to understand about temptation is the word itself: Greek word is the same as TESTING, pereizo. Love is essentially tested in every temptation. Christ CHOSE to be tempted, so one should never be ashamed of being tempted. One of the biggest pitfalls in the Christian life is shame about being tempted; the shame is the goal of the temptation, because guilt results, and guilt is VERY hard to get past -- you can lose your whole spiritual life over guilt. But Christ DISREGARDED the shame: Heb12:2's corrected translation of the verb normally mistranslated "despise" (despise is a sin, so you know it's a mistranslation). See, we are weak, and that weakness means that if we choose to obey anyway, with all the conflict raging in us, Only God's Power Is Working To Enable Resisting The Temptation. So it's a big deal, to have that conflict. Christ CHOSE it, rather than staying nicely God. Father must have preferred it also, else He'd never have decreed creation, which necessitated a Christ, and thus a cross. So never feel bad about being tempted, for you are human: feel good about it, and better about the fact you can fire Bible Doctrine at it. For when you are weak, then you are Divinely Strong (2Cor12:9-10).

    Tradition as important as Scripture, verses supporting: I can't even find one. In the original languages especially, the "traditions of men" are ridiculed, the object of some of the most scathing sarcasm in the Bible. Romans 12:1-3 is an example of this sarcasm, but is so blacked out in translation, you think tradition is being lauded. It's almost criminal, when verses like these are literally reversed in translation (Whole book of 1Cor is on Head and Body, and against religion, works -- but man -- how reversed is the translation!)

    Total Depravity, verses on: Rom5:12, 1Cor15:22, Matt15:19,Luk11:13

    Tongues, role of: Isa28 (I believe verse 10 or thereabouts), quoted by Paul to explain the role in the tongues passage in Cor; you'd have to study the OT prophecy about tongues being the warning of the age of Israel to get it. That is a subdoctrine under the many prophecies in OT about the Gentiles getting the Word. It's a big topic. I'll have to search in BibleWorks to cull out the verses, but that will happen maybe a year or more from now. There are about 1000 verses, maybe more!

    Trinity verses: See link at pagetop, and "Creationism" entry in this webpage. There are hundreds of these, especially in the OT; Bible always uses wit to display Trinity. Individual verses on Each Member of the Godhead abound and can also be found under other classifications here. Wit samples: the shemah, Ps110:1, Genesis' "Let US create man in OUR image" (not a 'majestic we' usage), the meaning of "Elohim" (it's a collective noun, plural in form, so takes a singular verb) as distinguished from "Adonai" (a first-name distinguisher so you know Who of Elohim is in view); Isaiah 7, 9, 53, 63 (what places God picks to make such witticisms!); 2Cor13:14, Matt28:19. In the OT, certain stock formulas are used to denote Them:

    • Multiple-"He" constructions with actions differentiated, as in Isa45:18 (see "Creationism" entry this page for corrected translation), Isa63 (whole chapter divides the 'jobs' out so you can see Their Respective Roles);
    • antiphonal clauses (where the pronoun shifts from "he" to "I", usually a 'conversation' we 'overhear' between Father and Son);
    • Testimonies of One Member about Another (Isa45:18 is an example of that genre, but Isa53 and Psalm 110 are even balder).
    • Their different Self-Chosen Jobs elsewhere depicted in Scripture are often keyword-attached, so you have a verb typically done by One Member, but only "He" referenced -- you tell Which "He" by the verb used (so you search that verb pan-Bible).
    • Embedded soundplay on Their Names (juxtaposed syllables of separate words) is another favorite, especially in Father or Spirit verses.
    • Usually in NT, "God" refers to the Father
    • or is used as a collective noun (still with a verb in the singular, as in OT) for the entire Trinity; in the latter case, Identicality is stressed.
    Trinity is quite bald in the Bible. Judaism didn't survive without it; even the Mishnah is full of Trinity concepts (which I guess folks pretend aren't there). A mock drama of that first-century denouement is in LvS4a.htm's "Satan's Mystery Math Class" link section: you'll see the link in the red box as soon as you load the page. Bible is never monotheistic: salvation can't work if God is but one Person. Sorry. Prove it to yourself from Bible itself: proper term should be Tri-Theistic, and since they are Infinitely Co-Equal, it's not polytheism, k? "Polytheism" by definition means multiple UNequal gods (i.e., the Greek pantheon).

    Voting, role of. That belief is a voting should be common knowledge, and I was surprised to find it isn't. When you believe in Christ, you are voting to live with God, whether you know that or not, for example. When you study Bible, you are voting to know God better, whether you know it or not. When you choose religiosity, you are voting against God, whether you know it or not. Every webpage talks about voting, since it's central to your life with God, especially Mirroring.htm's synopsis (which you'll see as soon as you load the page). This webpage just notes some of the Bible references to get you started in your own proofing.

    Works, role of: 'strictly Ambassadorial (get Sir Harold Nicolson's Diplomacy to learn what "ambassadorship" means secularly, for Bible draws analogies to the secular function in its descriptions). Not, really, the spiritual life at all. Precedence is Christ, Who Himself really didn't do any works at all, but rather RESTED in the Spirit, thinking Divinely-pleasing thoughts, which is how our sins all got paid for. His Precedence and our resultant Royal Ambassadorial role runs rife throughout the Epistles, but here are some bald verses (probably mistranslated, so get a lexicon): 2Cor5:15,16,19, 1Tim2:6,5:10, Tit2:11, Heb2:9, 1Jn2:2, Jas2:8. Also, use Bauer or other detailled lexicon and look up the Bible keyword DIAKONOS, for it's surely no "deacon" you've ever heard of!