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The scriptures referenced with each word or phrase is not meant to be an exhaustive list.  Please refer to your Bible concordance for a more inconclusive list.

AGAPE LOVE

2 Timothy 1:7

1 John 2:5

2 John 4:7

John 21:15

Agape love is an unconditional love.  The basis of agape love is moral, rather than emotional.  The kind of love God has for us is agape; He loves us unconditionally, with no strings attached.  No matter what we have done, God loves us because He is love.  God’s nature is love.  The greatest example of agape love is when Christ went to the Cross for everyone on this earth.

Our obedience to God, without thought of ourselves, is the greatest way we can show him agape love.  When we love someone, without regard to social, monetary or religious preferences they hold; when we can look past the physical and love them for who they are inwardly, though imperfect as we all are, we are demonstrating agape love for others.

ANOINTED

Isaiah 61:1-11    1 John 2:27

Mark 6:13

Joel 2:28

1 Samuel 16:13

Various forms of the word anoint and anointed occur throughout the Old and New Testaments more than 100 times.  Simply put, someone who is anointed is one who is set apart for a particular use by God.  In the Old Testament, many times, someone was set apart by the rubbing of oil over them.  Priests and kings were anointed as a symbol of God’s power on them.  In ancient  times and through the ages, prophets were God’s anointed as well, for they carried His word to the people.  David would do Saul no harm; for example, because he knew Saul was God’s chosen one.  In Psalm 105: 15 we are told that God commands that His anointed are not to be touched and He says “do My prophets no harm.”

The anointing of the Holy Spirit is in all of us who believe in Christ Jesus and He will lead us into all truth.

BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Luke 3:16

Matthew 3:11

John 1:29

1 Corinthians 12:13

This experience causes debate among some people and different avenues of thought abound.  Some folks, for example, think that there is an initial baptism of the Holy Spirit, followed by salvation.  John the Baptist told followers that he baptized in water but that Jesus would baptize with the Spirit and with fire.  Baptism in the Holy Spirit is for all who come to Christ.  In Act 1:5, Jesus tells his followers that they would be baptized with the Holy Spirit and several days later at Pentecost, they were.  Jesus further advises them that under the power of the Holy Spirit they would be witness to Him to the end of the earth.  This is in fact our duty once we have come to believe.

BORN AGAIN

John 3:3-7

2 Corinthians 5:17

Acts 2:38

2 Corinthians 4:16

We hear Jesus talk to Nicodemus about being born again.  He tells Nicodemus “unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Jesus was saying that because of our sin, unless we are born again, unless we receive the Holy Spirit through faith in Christ, there would be no eternal life.  When one accepts Christ as Lord and Savior, that person is regenerated by God’s Spirit.  We are born again when we have the power of the Holy Spirit working in us.  When we exercise faith in Christ, our sins are forgiven.  Prior to Christ, the traditional understanding by people about receiving salvation was through lineage with Abraham.  Jesus explained that this line of thought was in fact, in error.  It is one thing to learn scripture; it is another to learn Christ.  You have to have a regenerated heart to understand this concept. 

CONTRITION

Psalm 51: 1-12

Luke 11: 15-22

Psalm 51:1

Isaiah 57: 15-18

Contrition is our understanding/recognizing that we have done God wrong and this understanding then leads us to expressing remorse for our wrongdoing.  It includes our desire of turning from our evil ways and doing right in the sight of God.  When we are contrite, we then ask for forgiveness through our repentance.  Whereas humans tend to look at outward appearances as being most pleasing, God looks at what is in a man’s heart and honors that.  He looks for something He can work with.  A prime example is Jacob.  Even though he was conniving and took the birthright from Esau, God looked beyond  his behavior and honored him because of what was contained in his heart.  God knew Jacob was willing to change and that Jacob truly loved Him.

FAITH

Hebrews 11

1 Corinthians 15:14

Romans 10:17

Habakkuk 2:4

Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen…by faith, we understand that the worlds were formed by the work of God.

The Bible is filled with stories of faith and faithful people.  Abraham, Moses, Enoch are just a few examples of people who lived their lives by faith, after being called by God.

Faith is not only a belief it is an attitude, a way of living.  Faith is what every Christian begins his or her walk with.  Physically, you cannot touch faith, see faith or hear faith but you are given it by the Spirit of God.

Ephesians 2:8 tells us that faith is a gift from God.  Romans 12:3 says that God has given each Christian a measure of faith.  You cannot please God without faith (Hebrews 11:6).

FLEECE

Judges 6:36

Fleece is the hair found on sheep and referred to as such after it has been shorn.

Gideon was a judge of Israel and a warrior from the tribe of Manasseh who had a divine call on his life. He was asked by God to free the people of Israel from the oppression of two neighboring tribes.  While Gideon was a man of faith, he was a bit unsure of himself.  Gideon knew his assignment was an extraordinary one.  He “tested” God, if you will, to obtain confirmation of God’s request of him and used a fleece twice in order to get confirmation on God’s word to him.

GARMENT OF PRAISE

Isaiah 61:3

Psalm 100:4

1 Chronicles 16:23-29

Psalm 27:4

The first scripture actually mentions “garment of praise” and the rest are an extension of the same.  One of the most beautiful things we can do is praise the Lord.  He loves to be acknowledged and praised by His children and He deserves it.  Someone once said that the Lord is to be praised at all times even when you are standing at what seems to be the bottomless pit of hell.  Daily we should be singing praise to our Father in Heaven and in turn, He will lift our spirit of heaviness.  Give the Lord praise at all times and not the spirit of despondency.  He will reward your faith.

GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT

Romans 12:3-8

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Ephesians 4:7-13

1 Peter 4:10

The first time spiritual gifts are actually mentioned in the Word are in Romans 12.  They are exactly what the term implies; they are particular gifts given (they cannot be earned) to each Christian by the Holy Spirit for building up the church. 

The gifts of the Spirit are:  the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, faith, gifts of healing, the working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues and the interpretation of tongues.

Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit distributes “to each one individually as He wills.”  So, you see, we cannot call ourselves having gifts “just because” we may want them.  The Holy Spirit doles out what He wants us to have according to what we are called to do.  Peter tell us “as each one has received a gift, minister to one another…”

Other gifts are mentioned by Paul in Romans are ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership and mercy. 

GRACE

Ephesians 1:1-7

Ephesians 2:8

Luke 2:40

2 Peter 3:18

Grace is unmerited favor by God given to His children.  It is free and undeserved.  The greatest example of God’s grace was given in and through Christ.  John 1:14 tells us that Jesus, being the epitome of what grace is, was “full of grace and truth.”  Grace is an attribute of God.  Gentiles, by the grace of God, were grafted into and made part of His family. 

Paul spoke a lot on grace and he tells us in Ephesians that we, not because of anything we have done, have been saved by grace through faith in Christ; so, faith on our part is necessary for grace.  Being given the gift of grace, however, does not mean we can go around doing anything we want.  Jesus paid a great price when He went to the Cross for us.  Grace does not give us free reign to sin for Galatians 4 tells us that we can fall from grace.

OFFERINGS

Proverbs 3:9-10

Galatians 6:6-10

2 Corinthians 6:6-11

Malachi 3:8

Those in biblical times needed to atone for sin and therefore needed to bring offerings (some periodically, some daily) to God.  The first sacrifices given are mentioned in Genesis when Cain and Abel gave offerings to God. 

In the Old Testament there were at least five kinds of offerings-burnt, peace, grain, sin and trespass.  Sin and trespass offerings were mandatory.  Since Christ died for us, there is no more need for sin and trespass offerings.  No offering is now technically mandated, only voluntary.  2 Corinthians tells us that we are given multiplication and increase when we offer and do it cheerfully.  Offerings are given from the heart.

PARACLETE

John 14:16

John 14:26

John 15:26

John 16:7

Before Jesus went away, He was speaking with the Apostles and He promised He would send another like Him.  The actual term paraclete is never mentioned in the Bible but Jesus used the terms “ Helper,”  and “the Spirit of truth” to in fact mean He was sending them the Holy Spirit.  Paraclete is a Greek term that comes from the word parakletos, which means one who comforts, intercedes, and one who acts as an advocate. 

PENTATEUCH

Genesis - Deuteronomy

This term refers to the first five books of the Old Testament.  Another term used for these books are Torah and the Book of Moses.  They cover the beginning of creation to the death of Moses.  The consensus is that these five books were written by Moses.  God’s nature and purpose for humanity are first evidenced in the Pentateuch.

PETITIONS

1 Samuel  1:17

Daniel 9:3

1 John 5:15

Philippians 4:6

Making a petition to God is the same thing as making a request or an appeal to God.  The word “prayer” is used as a synonym as well as the word supplication.  1 Kings 8:28-30 is an excellent example by Solomon of petitions made to the Lord.  Matthew 21:22 is an assurance from Jesus Himself that God answers our petitions made to Him.  James 5:15 tells us “the fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”  Prayer is vital and an extremely important tool in the life of anyone who follows Christ.

PRAISE

1 Chronicles 16:25

Philippians 2:9-11

Matthew 21:16

Psalm 22:3                                                                                                                      

The act of giving awe and glory to God for what He has done.  When we give God praise, we proclaim how truly good He is in everything He has done.  The scriptures tell us that we should praise the Lord because He is worthy of all our praise.  Psalm 150:6 in fact says that we are to extol God- “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”   We were made to praise the Lord.  Isaiah 43:7-21 is such powerful and telling proclamations, how could you not want to praise God?  We receive many benefits when we praise God and acknowledge who He is and what He has done for us-contentment, He dwells where He is praised, praising God helps us to defeat the enemy i.e.,  praise is a most powerful weapon as well.

PROPITIATION

1 John 2:2

Romans 3:25

1 John 4:10

This word means appeasement.  Because of man’s sin, God required a covering for our sins and this covering was accomplished through Jesus’ death on the Cross.  The penalty that Christ paid allowed God to forgive man and set him free from sin and death. 

REFINER’S FIRE

Malachi 3:3

Psalm 66:10

Job 28:1

Zechariah 13:9

  In biblical times a refiner or metalsmith was a man who worked with metal.  His job was to refine the ore bore from the ground and forge it to clean it of impurities; this was done through a process of heating and hammering. 

  The refiner is God and refiner’s fire is a metaphor for His purification method.  This term is used several times in the Old Testament.  Therefore, God putting one through His refining fire is His attempt to get rid of the impurities (separating the metal from the dross) and making us pure for His uses.  It is essential that we have an acceptable attitude and cooperate with God has He puts us through the “fire.”

REPENTENCE

Psalm 51

Luke 15:10

Matthew 3:8

Luke 13:3

Repentance refers to having a change of heart.  It means to turn from disobedience and sin.  Repentance is a necessary element in our relationship with God.  The actual word repentance occurs in the NT but is not a NT theme-God spoke to Moses about the Israelites being a “stiff-necked people” because they “corrupted themselves” after they made the golden calf.  They worshipped the calf and committed great sin against the Lord.

John the Baptist in Matthew 3:1-2, tells the people who had come out to see him to “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”  So, right there, he tells us that a prerequisite to entrance into Heaven is to turn from our dead ways and turn to God.

The crux of Jesus’ message was repentance and from the beginning of His ministry, He preached the need for his children’s need to repent.  Jesus echoed the same words as John the Baptist as recorded in Matthew 4:17. 

RESURRECTION

Corinthians 15:19-22

Acts 24:15

Isaiah 10:19

Daniel 12:2

Simply, this term means being raised from the dead.  In fact, the backbone of Christianity is the belief that Jesus was resurrected three days after He went to the Cross.  Paul states that without the resurrection of Jesus, our faith is futile.  Jesus commissioned His Apostles to raise the dead.  Jesus, Paul and OT prophets raised people from the dead.  Sadducees in Jesus’ time rejected the belief in resurrection, even though Jesus corrected them (John 2:19).  References to resurrection are found throughout the New and Old Testaments. 

REVELATION

Genesis 1:1

Romans 1:18-25

Psalm 104:24

Exodus 20:1-17

Revelation means disclosure or truth of something.  For our purposes, we are talking about God revealing Himself to us and His will for man.  He accomplishes this in multifaceted ways:  in and through His Word, through nature, the Holy Spirit…the list goes on and on.  The Word is described as Jesus revealed and He is the greatest revelation any of us can have because He is God’s greatest disclosure of all:  His love for us.  God communicates with us through revelation and Paul tells us that even the unrighteous know who God is but suppress this truth. 

  Divine revelation is God’s declarations given to His prophets and spiritually gifted people to the rest of humanity for edification—and there is a difference between general revelation and divine revelation, though they do not contradict each other.

RHEMA

2 Timothy 3:16

Acts 11:16

Luke 2:29

Matthew 4:4

Rhema is a Greek word and means an utterance or thing said.  God will give us a Rhema and in 2 Corinthians 13:1, He tells us He will confirm this word.  Of course, as with anything God does, it has reason and a Rhema given is for application in our lives.  Many times, God will illuminate something we read in the Word that is significant to our lives. 

SALVATION

2 Peter 3:19

1 Timothy 2:4

Romans 10:13

Ephesians 2:8

  Salvation is redemption and the rescue from sin — God had a plan for salvation before the beginning of time.  The fall in the Garden of Eden made the need for salvation necessary.  Salvation makes it possible for us to have eternal life.  This is actually a choice of free will.  God does not impose this, or anything He offers on us.  However, it is a deep desire of His that all should be saved.  Christ gave His life so that we could be saved.  Let not what He did on the Cross be in vain.  Salvation is free and available for all, not just for a few.  Salvation is a gift from God and we receive it through faith in Jesus.

SOUL

3 John 2

Matthew 16:26

Matthew 16:38

Proverbs 19:2

This word refers to the inner life of a human being and the “energy” of a person.  Jesus speaks of the soul in Mark 8:36-37 and its value.  He is talking about the uselessness of gaining the things of this world in exchange for the treasures of eternity.  We cannot trade one for the other.  One is temporary and the other profit is eternal.  Why would anyone chase the “luxuries” of this world without regard for their redemption?  Having “things” is not a bad thing but there is a delicate balance and we have to make sure we do not “lust” after the things of this world.  Our souls are of infinite value.  Our souls are the seat of our emotions as well.  Jesus talks about the condition of His soul in Matthew when He says His was “sorrowful.”

Soul also refers to an actual person as shown in 1 Peter 3:20.   

STRONGHOLDS

Psalm 18:2

Proverbs 21:22

2 Corinthians 2:4

John 8:31-36

 A stronghold is a lie.  A stronghold finds its root in deception and causes us to have faulty thinking.  One of the favorite weapons of the devil is deception.  A stronghold is used against us to keep us from the truths of God.  An example of a stronghold is when we believe that God is not on our side, has left us or was never with us.  That is clearly a lie and in contradiction of what God tells us in His Word (Hebrews 13:5).

Paul tells us in the Bible that our “weapons are not carnal…”  How do you overcome strongholds?  You have to read the Word of God, meditate it and speak it out.  If you do not use the weapons you have been against Satan, he will win every time.  Jesus clearly tells us in the Word that we do not have to live in bondage.  (The truth will set you free.)

STUMBLING BLOCK

Romans 14:13

1 Peter 2:7-8

1 John 2:10

A hurdle, hindrance, impediment, a barrier.  This is something that people put between themselves and God.  This term can be used literally (first used in Leviticus 19:14) and symbolically (Jeremiah 6:21 and Zephaniah 1:3).  A stumbling block is something that causes someone to sin.  Jesus, when talking with Peter, used this term in Matthew 16:23.  He stated that people who were not mindful of the things of God were a stumbling block to him.  For some of the people of Jesus’ day, there was no belief or faith in Jesus.  He was and continues to be a stumbling block for some.  Jesus is clear in the Word that no one is to cause another to stumble.

TEMPTATION

Matthew 4:1

James 1:12

Matthew 26:41

Hebrews 2:18

This is an act committed that appears enticing at first but actually can cause people to end up sinning.  The act itself may look to be something favorable but then it causes extreme guilt because of the disobedience attached to the behavior.  The first example of temptation that should come to anyone’s mind is the temptation of Adam and Eve in the garden.  God never tempts but only tests individuals.  The father of lies is the one who is the master tempter, having even tried to tempt Jesus during His forty days in the desert. 

Wax Cold

Matthew 24:12

Romans 1:28-32

Luke 21:16

Matthew 5:11-12

Jesus was saying that because of trials, persecutions and because of false teachings, the love of many would grow cold towards Him.  Some, He meant, would even desert His doctrines and the faith.  The fear of death also would cause people to lose heart and turn away from the living God.  This is clearly shown to have happened in Jesus’ time and John 6:53-67 is but one example of this proof.

YOKE

Matthew 11:29

Isaiah 9:4

Limitations 1:14

Galatians 5:1

In a literal sense, yoke refers to a wooden bar that joins animals in the field in order for them to work in the fields.  Biblically speaking, a yoke is a burden, a symbol of slavery, load, and oppression.

When we allow Jesus to take control of our lives, when we submit all to Him, He literally lightens our load because we have turned all over to Him.  We grow weary under our own strength but when we turn our troubles over to the Lord, he “carries” us and He takes our yokes from us.  If we do not allow this, we will eventually fall under the weight of the load we were not meant to carry in the first place.

UNCTION

1 John 2:20

1 Samuel 10:1

Exodus 29:29

This is another term for the act of anointing and refers to the Holy Spirit.  A priest or king in the Old Testament, for example, was anointed with oil and this act symbolized the power and spirit of God in that person's life.  In other words, it means to make fit for God’s uses.  New Testament believers (you and me as well) were anointed with the Holy Spirit when we came to believe in Christ.

Time does not permit full coverage of all terms and you are highly encouraged to discover more of the truth of God by delving into your Word daily.

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