Category Archives: Encyclopedia

Deacons

Main article: Office Related: House of God; Elders   Deacons. Those who occupy the office of a deacon are merely servants. If overseers care for the spiritual needs of the assembly, deacons care for the material needs. The first mention of deacons in scripture is in Acts 6:1-6, where the assembly chose “seven men of honest […]

Elders

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 […]

Office

Related: Spiritual Gifts; House of God   New Testament Office. The subject of office is connected with that of the house of God. God’s house is that sphere of on earth which professes the name of Christ, and carries a testimony to the world of God’s character. God will have order in His house, and […]

Only-begotten

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. 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 […]

Sonship, or Adoption

Related: The Son of God, Eternal Sonship of Christ   Sonship. In Greek, the word ‘huiothesian’ means ‘the place of a son’. It is translated into English as “sonship” or “adoption”. Sonship is a privilege that Christians are given because they are justified and stand in Christ’s place before God. Sonship is not the same […]

Repentance

Related: Conversion   Repentance means to have a change of mind; literally “re” (change) “pent” (think). Repentance is an important part of God’s work in the soul leading to salvation. There are both positive and negative aspects to repentance. Positively, there should be “repentance toward God” (Acts 20:21). Negatively, there should be “repentance from dead works” […]

Resurrection of Christ

Related: Resurrection   Christ’s Resurrection. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is vital to Christianity because it is the proof that our sins are gone, and that God is satisfied with the work of Calvary. The Lord rose bodily from the dead, not merely in spirit, as some have taught through the ages. When Paul summed up […]

Mediatorial Glory of Christ

Related: The Personal Glory of Christ; The Moral Glory of Christ; The Official Glory of Christ   The mediatorial glory of Christ is that glory which He acquired through humiliation, suffering, and death. He has perfectly glorified God as to the question of sin, and now God has glorified Christ “in Himself”. As the expiator of sin, […]

Great White Throne

Main article: Millennium and Eternal State Related: Sessional Judgment; Judgment of the Quick and the Dead   The Great White Throne. Just before the elements melt, the second resurrection will occur, called the “resurrection of damnation” (John 5:29) and the “resurrection of the unjust” (Acts 24:15). All who have died in their sins without faith […]

Elohim

Main article: Names of God Related: Jehovah; El Shaddai   Elohim is the common name for God in the Old Testament. Elohim means “the mighty one”, and it refers to God in the strength of His being. “El” (a general form) and “Eloah” (a singular form) are other versions of the same name. Elohim is the name of […]

El Shaddai

Main article: Names of God Related: Jehovah; Elohim; El Elyon   “El Shaddai”, or God Almighty. The name of Almighty God has the thought of special strength on behalf of those who are called by Him; i.e. power and provision for His people. It is a special name of character and relationship with those to whom […]

El Elyon

Main article: Names of God Related: Jehovah; El Shaddai; Elohim   “El Elyon”, or the Most High God. This name has the thought of the Possessor and Blesser of the universe. “Most High” is a name God takes in connection with men; setting Himself above all idolatrous gods, all demons and all earthly and angelic powers, as the […]

Moral Glory of Christ

Related: The Personal Glory of Christ; The Official Glory of Christ; The Mediatorial Glory of Christ   The moral glory of our Lord Jesus Christ is that intrinsic glory which pertains to Christ in the perfection of His character (light and love on display). We see in this glory the perfection of Christ’s character as a man; all […]

Church Heresies

Related: The Trinity   Heresies of the Catholic Church. When looking into Church history, it can be difficult to keep all the heresies straight. Following is a list of ten of the major heresies that rose up in the Catholic church: Gnosticism (1st to 5th Century) The word Gnostic comes from the Greek word ‘gnosis’, […]

Evolution

Related: Fossil Record; Archeology and Anthropology   Evolution. In 1859 Charles Darwin published his famous work “On the Origin of Species”, the full title being “On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life”. In this popular work, Darwin presented his theory of the […]

Jehovah

Main article: Names of God Related: Elohim; El Shaddai; El Elyon   Jehovah is the modern transliteration of the Hebrew name Yahweh, which is God’s name in relationship with men, especially with Israel. Hence in Genesis 1 we have only “Elohim”, the Creator; but in Genesis 2 we have “Jehovah Elohim,” because the relationship of God with men […]

The Indwelling Spirit

Main article: The Holy Spirit Related: Baptism of the Spirit   Three Aspects of the Indwelling of the Spirit. Believers at the present time have the Spirit indwelling them in three aspects: The Anointing (Unction) of the Spirit (1 John 2:20; 27; 2 Cor. 1:21). The anointing or unction of the Spirit is the ability of the […]