A Word About Words

Demons

Demons are those spirit beings which oppose the work of God. They are under the direction of Satan, with whom they rebelled against the authority of God (Revelation 12:3-4). At times they are called “unclean spirits” (Matthew 10:1), or “evil spirits” (Luke 7:21). Mention is made of them over 100 times in the New Testament. …

Demons Read More »

Christian

The word “Christian” appears only three times in the New Testament. Acts 11:26 records that “the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.” This apparently was not a name they adopted themselves, but outsiders likely used it as a negative term. It essentially means a “little Christ,” or one who patterns his life after that …

Christian Read More »

Inspiration

Words must be carefully defined when used, or else they take on meanings that were never intended. One such word frequently arising in discussions on the Bible is “inspiration.” While it is a biblical term, its real meaning is often obscured. We find this word used in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is inspired by …

Inspiration Read More »

Kindness

Believers are to “produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8). The Apostle Paul gives us a glimpse of that fruit in Galatians 5:22-23. The fifth aspect of the fruit of the Spirit he mentions is “gentleness” or “kindness”(NIV). The Greek word chrestothes means “a tender concern for others.” it can also mean “useful, outgoing, and benevolent,” …

Kindness Read More »

Joy

The Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:22-23 speaks of the fruit of the Spirit, that is, the nine-fold characteristic of the growing Christian life. Each of the aspects is related to the others and they all are to be cultivated together. The second quality of the fruit of the Spirit is “joy.” Joy for believers in …

Joy Read More »

Holiness

One of the most common words used to refer to God in the Bible is “holiness.” We sing the song, “Holy, Holy, Holy,” to express what the Bible says of God in Isaiah 6:3. God expects His people to reflect His holiness, for He says, “Be ye holy, even as I am holy.” (I Peter …

Holiness Read More »

The Gospel

The English word “gospel” is derived from the Greek “euangelion,” a word which means “good tidings.” The word occurs more than 75 times in the New Testament. The “gospel” is the joyous good news that salvation is available through Jesus Christ. The gospel message is the good news that God has provided a way of …

The Gospel Read More »

Goodness

Galatians 5:22-23 tells us the fruit which is cultivated in the life of trusting Christ. Nine aspects of the fruit-bearing life are taught by Paul. The sixth aspect of the fruit of the Spirit is “goodness.” The Greek word for goodness in Galatians 5:22 is found only three other places in the New Testament (Romans …

Goodness Read More »

Omniscience

Webster defines “omniscience” as the “state of having infinite awareness, understanding, and insight, having universal or complete knowledge.” The word is derived from the Latin words which mean “all” and “knowledge.” Jews and Christians have historically understood that God is unlimited in His knowledge and awareness. This is in contrast to humans and angels, which …

Omniscience Read More »