LOVE TABERNACLE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
Word Studies - Part 1
order for us to communicate effectively with each other, we must have a
common language, or in simpler terms, a common understanding of words
and their meanings.
Some of these words help us understand doctrine, and some are
expressions of doctrine. Matter of fact, the previous sentence is
an excellent example. What does doctrine mean?
A doctrine is a basic, fundamental, foundational teaching.
Fundamental is simply a beginning or
foundation of something, in this case, a teaching. Fundamental
math is arithmetic, 1+1=2, and we build upon this basic precept or
A precept is a foundational doctrine,
teaching, or law. This is an important point, in that, a bible
precept is a spiritual law. Like gravity is a natural law,
spiritual laws control (and explain) how things work in the spirit
why is a foundational teaching, fundamentals, or doctrine so
important. Because it establishes and teaches us "truth", which
we believe in, measure everything too, and build upon.
Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.
For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.
Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine?
them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:
If someone comes along and says that 2+2=6 (which is to build on
something like 1+1=3), we are going to say "WHOA... STOP... WHAT IS
THAT?". And we are not going to believe in or stake our lives on
something that was built with that error.
So, Foundations Class teaches us doctrine that helps us to firmly
understand what we believe, and helps us to act on what we
believe. If I understand it better, I can act upon it better
(that is, live it), and explain it to others better
(evangelism). Again, even in this paragraph, we are using
christian terms that should be explained.
Truth is the "Word of God". Jesus is the Truth / the Word manifested in the flesh (John 1:14, 14:6, 1 John 1:1-2).
to announce or proclaim good news. An evangelist is a proclaimer
of good news, specifically the gospel. Evangelical people are
people who believe in the gospel thru evangelism. That is,
someone has to tell you about Jesus, you have to hear, believe in your
heart, and receive in your heart thru confessing with your mouth (Rom
And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments.
Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.
Gospel is a greek word meaning "good news", particularly, the good news of Jesus Christ.
The devil is an accuser using lies (John
8:44), specifically, one who seeks to cause humiliation or disgrace to
by making malicious and false statements. He knows the importance
of words (God's Word is His Law) and meanings and tries to change them
to keep people in darkness.
For example, "gay" used to refer to someone who was cheerful, joyous, happy. Joy comes from the Lord and the word "happy" biblically speaking (which
means as the bible uses and means the word verse as the world uses and
means the word) is the same word as "blessed". Only God can
bless, but the devil has perverted the word to mean a cursed
he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out
the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws...
unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for
light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for
Did you know that biblically speaking the day starts at sunset (Gen
1:5, 1:8, etc.). It symbolizes man coming from darkness under sin
to the light of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. But the devil has
changed it to be midnight to midnight. Why? It is his dream
that man go from darkness - into light - and back into darkness.
Words and creation that God has made to proclaim Himself (Rom 1:20),
the devil tries to pervert to keep man in darkness.
You see, god means
creator. The devil is not the "god" of earth, that is the planet,
but Jehovah (God, the Father) is (Gen 24:3). The devil is the
"god" or creator of this world, that is the culture of man keeps people
in darkness. It does not matter whether it is American culture or
Nigerian culture or whatever, if you look at it, you will see how it is
created to keep you in debt, sin, and darkness.
the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly
seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal
power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
2 Cor 4:4
whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe
not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image
of God, should shine unto them.
Which brings us to a good point. Who is God? But to be more precise of the christian:
Elohim is the Hebrew word that we would
translate as the Trinity. It means, that God - the Godhead (Col
2:9) - is made up of the Father (Jehovah), the Son (Jesus Christ -
Jehoshua Messiah), and the Holy Spirit. They operate in total unity as
one entity, there common factor being Love (agape).
Jehovah is God, the Father, and means "I
am that I am" (Gen 3:14, 6:13) or the "external existing one".
There are may so called "gods" out there; to merely say "God" is not
necessarily to convey Who we mean. If you say "God" to a muslim,
he will be thinking "Allah" (a Babylonian Moon god), not "Jehovah" of
Israel. They are not the same god, nor have the same words or
way(s). The word "Jehovah" is in the Old Testament 6209 times,
but is normally translated in the King James as "the LORD", which is
misfortunate as it dilutes christians' knowing with surety the name of
their God (6209 times). In contrast, Adonai is
the actual Hebrew word for "Lord" (a ruler) and is translated as "Lord"
(notice the capitalization difference) in the King James.
Jehoshua (commonly shorted incorrectly to Yeshua), which means "Jehovah is salvation", is the Hebrew for Jesus, which is English for Iesous or Ieesou,
which is the Greek as in the original New Testament. If a
Hispanic man's name is Juan, and if I speaking English ask him his
name, he could say John, but his legal name is Juan.
The Bible, which means "holy book", does not give a personal name for the Holy Spirit.
The King James inappropriately translates the Greek word pneuma, which
is "spirit" as "ghost" (about 90 out of 388 times), don't know
why. The New King James corrected this.
Our English language does not do a good job conveying the different
meanings or types of love. The greek language uses at least four
Agape is the God-type of love. A love of
commitment / of covenant, of giving your word and changing not, even if
it means loss or hurt on your part to fulfill your word (2 Tim 2:13,
Heb 13:8). Are you a person of your word? Did you know that
all liars go to hell (Rev 21:8)?
What does it mean to love God? It does not mean a feeling as much
as a commitment to obey His Word (1 John 5:3), because we know He loves
us and His Word is where our protection and provision is (Deut
7:9). Ever tell your child not to play in the street? It
was not a matter of feeling, but commitment for protection.
Phileo is the soulish or emotional type of
love. It is how we "feel". It is used for any type of
soulish affection, as father/mother, son/daughter, husband/wife,
Eros is the physical type of love. It includes sensual as well as sexual. A hug, a kiss, etc...
Staroge (spelling?) is the fatherly type
of love. A father's love is strong, and corrects to protect, as
well as imparts what he has or is... truth and life. John the
Baptist came in the (Holy) spirit (attributes) of Elijah to turn the
hearts of the fathers to the children. What did Elijah do?
He established the School of the Prophets to impart what he had to the
Lets now concentrate on some words:
Iniquity - (Hebrew "avon") perverseness
and/or crookedness of character, it conveys the idea of an arrow shaft
that is crooked and will never hit the true target because it will
always go astray due to its nature and character. This also could
be see as immoral lusts.
(Isa 59:2-3, Jam 1:14-15)
Transgression or trespass means
to revolt (to break away from just authority) or rebel against the
commandment(s) of God. It is the actual act, not the motive or
character. A person's iniquity would cause them to transgress,
which is sin.
Sin comes from a root word meaning "to
miss", conveying the meaning of the act of the arrow missing the
target. So sin is the actual action (Jam 1:14-15). Sin is
an offense (being offensive to God, and His commandments, in His Face)
as is a crime that transgresses (or rebels) against a law.
Death is "separation". Physical
death is separation of your eternal spirit/soul from your physical
body. Marital death is separation of rib (wife) from rib cage
(husband), because they were to be "one flesh". Spiritual death
is separation of your spirit from intimate contact with God thru the
(Isa 59:2-3, Jam 1:14-15)
Life, which we sometimes use the Greek word Zoe for, then means intimate union with. If you understand that biblically speaking the word "know"
means an intimate experiential knowledge of (like a husband and wife
know each other sexually) and not a head knowledge (as I know George
Bush (who he is, but not personally)), then you can understand John
(Rom 8:2, 8:10)
Grace is normally defined as
"favor". If you ask someone to give you something, if he is not a
liar, his word is his will. If he says "yes", then you have grace
(or favor) with that person. However, the Lord has taught me that
His Grace includes the gift itself. That is, God's grace includes
His capabilities. For example, if I need a $100 and I ask you for
the $100, you saying "yes" is your willingness or favor, but I need
more that just your "yes", I need your $100... So your "yes" and your $100
(your capability) is your "grace" to me. Another example, the
bible says faith comes by hearing (Rom 10:17) - that is, I did not have
faith of my own capability, but had to receive it from the God of faith
(Rom 4:17), that is, His capability or His grace, before I had it to
use - by grace thru faith (Eph 2:8). So, if I find I cannot
overcome my flesh (a lust or sin), or God asks me to do something that
is beyond my capability, when I ask and receive His Grace, I receive
His capability to overcome and perform His Will. The "Vernon
Williams" definition of grace is "God's willingness to use ALL that He
has and ALL that He is, upon your behalf, to make you a success in
every endeavor, ALL His power, ALL His authority, ALL His kingdom, ALL
His angels, whatever you have need of, He has committed to you (2 Cor
Faith is an action (and supporting actions
of the first action) based upon a believe. If you believe a
certain chair will not support you, you will not sit (act in faith) on
it. But merely believing that a chair will support you is not
faith, but the action of sitting down on the chair is faith (an
action). If I am believing in faith for healing, I might have an
initial action of faith of having my pastor pray over me, and I can
continue to support that action of faith by speaking (which is an
action) words of faith over my body (other supporting actions include
fixed on hope, patience, etc.).
Righteousness is normally defined as
"right with God". But that is very limited. The American
Heritage Dictionary defines righteous as "meeting the standards of what
is right and just; morally right; guiltless". That is,
righteousness is "meeting the standards of legal (according to God's
Laws / Word) and moral justice in the high court of heaven", which has
been done by the blood of Jesus (that is His death, the judgement or
penalty for sin). Beloved, we are now the righteous, the
guiltless in the eyes of God, Jesus having meet the standards of
justice, bearing the penalty of our sin for us. We who are
cleansed by His blood are now the righteousness of God, thru faith in
(Rom 9:30, 1 Cor 1:30, Eph 4:24, Phil 3:9)
Atonement means "to cover", and is used to
refer to the old testament sacrifices, which could not remove the
conscience or memory of sin. But Jesus' blood redeemed us, that is, redemption means
"ransom in full" as in buying back a slave (or something from the pawn
shop), that is, Jesus paid the full price (for sin, which is death) to
buy us back to God (bought with a price 1 Cor 6:20, 7:23).
(Lev 1:4, Heb 9:25-10:4)
Church, which is the Greek word ekklesia,
means "the called out". It refers to the believers in Jesus
Christ, also called the Body of Christ, and is not a physical building
(sanctuary or tabernacle).
(1 Cor 1:2, 10:32, Eph 1:22)
Sanctify is to set apart for God's use alone. All believers are saints, those who are sanctified by the blood of Jesus.
(Acts 26:18, 1 Cor 6:11)
Glory, from the Hebrew word Shekinah, means the physical presence of God being manifested in some tangible way.
(Ex 16:10, 1 Kings 8:11)
Abba - means Father, referring to Father, God.
Hosanna - Hebrew word meaning "God saves".
Hallelujah - Hebrew word meaning "SHOUT praise unto Jehovah", translated KJV as "Praise the Lord".
(Ps 104:35; 116:19; 147:1)
Prosperity means to have an abundance. If you need 100% (whatever amount of money that is), if you have less than 100% that is poverty, but to have 100% or more is prosperity.
(Ps 35:27, 118:25, 3 John 2)