Category Archives: Encyclopedia

Legality or Legalism

Legality or Legalism. This term refers to the error of putting oneself or others under a legal standard as a rule for justification or practical holiness before God or man. Legality takes several different forms, but all the forms have a few things in common. Legality involves putting man under a legal standard, it makes […]

John Mark

Mark. Mark, or “John, whose surname was Mark”, as he is called in Acts 12:12; 12:25; 15:37, was a servant of Christ and a New Testament writer. When we first read of John Mark, we find that his mother, Mary, opened her home up for a prayer meeting. Later in the same chapter, we find […]


Crowns. There are two words in the New Testament translated crown; one is ‘wreath’ or ‘crown’, the other is ‘diadem’. Crowns are rewards for service and accomplishments. Diadems are worn by right and title, as by royal birth. The word is ‘wreath’ used in Matthew 27:29 is the same word used in Hebrews 2:9. Man […]

The Apostasy of the Christian Profession

Related: Last Days   The Apostasy of the Christian Profession. The New Testament foretells the sad breakdown and apostasy, or “falling away” of the Christian profession. In fact, all the New Testament writers universally agree in their prediction of this sad situation.1 It may be helpful to see that this apostasy occurs in phases, whereby […]

Last Days

Related: The Apostasy of the Christian Profession   Two “Last Days” Distinguished. The expression “last days” or “end of days” in reference to Israel means the end of Israel’s prophetic history (Gen 49:1; Num. 24:14; Deut. 4:30; Deut. 31:29; Job 19:25; Isa 2:2; Ezek. 38:16; Dan. 2:28; Dan. 10:14; Dan. 12:13; Mic. 4:1; Acts 2:17; […]

The First Resurrection

Related: Resurrection, The Resurrection of Christ   The First Resurrection (Rev. 20:4). It is of utmost importance to understand the first resurrection. The first resurrection is a resurrection “from among the dead”. All of the dead will be raised, but the first resurrection is a special resurrection that will take place before the general resurrection. It […]


Godliness. Godliness, sometimes translated piety, comes from the Greek word meaning “well devout”, and it refers to a manner of living that is totally pleasing to God. It relates to holiness, and certainly includes it, but is broader. Godliness or “devoutness” involves our motives, our attitude, and our conduct in the sight of God. Christ […]

Office, Gift, Priesthood

Related: Office; Spiritual Gifts; Christian Priesthood   Three Spheres of Christian Activity. What God has asked the believer to do (i.e. Christian activity) can be largely divided into three spheres: office, gift, and priesthood. When all of these spheres are maintained in their proper order, the result is the God is glorified and His people […]

The Gospel

Related: The Gospel of the Kingdom; The Everlasting Gospel   The Christian Gospel. The gospel that Christians preach, “the gospel of the grace of God” and “the gospel of the glory of God”, is based on the death and resurrection of Christ, His exaltation at God’s right hand, and God’s heart of love flowing out […]

The Gospel of the Kingdom

Related: The Gospel; The Everlasting Gospel; The Kingdom of Heaven; The Kingdom of God   The Gospel of the Kingdom. The “gospel of the kingdom” is the presentation of good news based on Christ’s glory as king. It announces the coming of the kingdom of Christ, and demands that men repent because the Messiah is […]

The Everlasting Gospel

Related: The Gospel of the Kingdom; The Gospel   The Everlasting Gospel. The “everlasting gospel” warns of coming judgment based on God’s power as Creator. God will at last intervene to deliver a world fallen into Satan’s hands through man’s sin. It demands that men recognize and glorify God as Creator. It is called “everlasting” […]


Related: The First Epistle to Timothy   Timothy. Timotheus, or Timothy, was a young man from Derbe whom Paul calls “my own son in the faith” (1 Tim. 1:2) and to whom Paul addressed two pastoral epistles. He was a companion of the apostle Paul from a young age, accompanying him on many journeys. As […]


Abraham. Perhaps the most prominent individual in connection with the Jewish people is Abraham. In fact, all three of the great monotheistic religions trace their origins to Abraham. But we must be clear, that when Abraham is called “the father of all them that believe” (Rom. 4:11) it does NOT mean “the father of religion”. […]


Main article: Office Related: House of God; Elders   Ministers or Deacons. Those who occupy the office of a deacon are merely “ministers” or “servants”. Overseers care for the spiritual needs of the assembly, but deacons care for the material needs. We get the appointment of deacons in Acts 6:1-6, where the assembly would “look […]


Main article: Office Related: House of God; Deacons   Elders, Bishops, and Overseers. The world for overseers is ‘episkopos’, which means ‘those looking on’. It is translated ‘bishops’, and ‘overseers’, referring to the office itself. The word for elders is ‘presbuterous’, and means seniors or older ones, and refers specifically to the persons who occupy […]


Related: Spiritual Gifts; House of God   Three Spheres of Christian Activity. What God has asked the believer to do (i.e. Christian activity) can be largely divided into three spheres: office, gift, and priesthood. When all of these spheres are maintained in their proper order, the result is the God is glorified and His people […]


Only-begotten. The expression “only-begotten” is one word in the Greek; ‘monoganes’. It is an expression that confers the thought of uniqueness. A modern English equivalent is “one and only”. Most notably, “only-begotten” is used to convey the special place that the Son has in relation to God the Father.1 It is often coupled with the […]

Son of Man

Related: Son of David   The Son of Man. “Son of man” is a title Christ has in special connection with mankind; as either the rejected sufferer at the hands of mankind and on behalf of mankind as the one who assumes the responsibilities of the whole human race, or as exalted heir and head […]

The Covenants

Related: The New Covenant   The Covenants. Throughout scripture, we read of a number of covenants that God made with special individuals, or with the nation of Israel. The Noahic Covenant (Gen. 9:8-11), the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 15:18; 17:2), the Priestly Covenant with Phinehas (Num. 25:13), the Davidic Covenant (2 Sam. 23:5; 1 Kings 8:25), […]

Times of the Gentiles

The Times of the Gentiles. When Israel had failed to listen to the prophets God sent, they were eventually taken captive. Previously, the nation of Israel was God’s earthly center of government… but no longer. God took the government away from Israel, and gave it into the hand of the Gentiles. This began a period […]