Terms and Definitions

Terms and Definitions is a depository and dictionary of  theological terms (vocabulary) used by this ministry.  The vocabulary of Doctrine is not merely a matter of semantics, it is a matter of recognizing the great systems of thought found in the Word of God.  Many of these terms either define or  refer to Categories of Bible doctrine found in God’s Word

Terms and Definitions will be added to this list periodically.  We recommend that you learn and understand each term and definition.   For example:  Scripture defines Rulers as   “Cosmocrats,” which was first termed by Paul in Ephesians 6:12.  National leaders, corporate leaders, world leaders and politicians fit this description in today’s society.  Interesting!

Happy Studying in Fields of Grace.

  • Abrahamic Covenant The Abrahamic Covenant is the unconditional covenant between God and ...
  • Absolute From the Latin absolutus meaning complete, totally free from ...
  • Abundant Life John 10:10 b;  “I am come that they (believers) might ...
  • ABYSS From the Greek abussos which means “bottomless.” This word is used in ...
  • Acceptable The believer is made “acceptable”  to God: Eph. 1:6; 1 ...
  • ACCESS TO GOD Because of faith in the Cross-Work of Christ we have ...
  • Accommodation God, throughout Scripture uses language that accommodates mankind. An infinite ...
  • Adoption Romans 8:15, 23, (future); Ephesians 1:5)  The Biblical concept of ...
  • Advent A Latin word which means – “coming.” The creation awaits ...
  • Age of Accountability The age at which each individual becomes conscious of God ...
  • Agnosticism From the Greek agnostikos meaning “unknowing” or “ignorance of.” The argument that ...
  • Allegorical/Metaphors A systematic presentation of an idea that expresses theoretical truths ...
  • Alms/Alms Giving Comes to us from the Greek word eleemosune “mercy” or “pity.” Used ...
  • Alpha and Omega Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of ...
  • Alter A Greek word thusiasterion, which is derived from thusiazo meaning “to sacrifice.” The ...
  • Ambassador for Jesus Christ Every believer is a personal representative; a spiritual ambassador; a ...
  • Amen The original Hebrew root word implied “firmness” or “solidity” meaning ...
  • Amillennialism The eschatological position in theology, which denies a millennium either ...
  • Angelic Revolution- (Spiritual Warfare) Unseen conflict in which Satan and fallen angels are warring ...
  • Angelology The study of God’s first created beings “angels” both fallen ...
  • Anthropology The study of man’s origin, history and destiny in relation ...
  • Anthropomorphism Ascribing to God physical characteristics such as eyes, nose, ears. ...
  • Anthropopathism Ascribing to God human feelings or characteristics that he does ...
  • Anti-Semitism Hostility in thought or action by a person, group, organization ...
  • Antinomian The rejection of the socially established and accepted standards of ...
  • Apathy/Apathetic Lack of interest or concern especially regarding Scripture. Showing no ...
  • Apocatastasis The false doctrine that states that: “in the end all ...
  • Apologetics Apologetics is defending the Christian Faith and the defense of ...
  • Apologue To convey a standard of doctrine or a moral conclusion ...
  • Apostasy One who has fallen away from the consistent, daily intake ...
  • AREA OF STRENGTH The area of the sin nature  that generates human good ...
  • AREA OF WEAKNESS The area of the sin nature that tempts the believer ...
  • Arrogance Addictions Skill-sets manifested from the arrogance of the  Old Sin Nature: ...
  • Ascension/Session/Advocacy The transfer of our Lord’s true humanity from earth to ...
  • Assurance Of Salvation/Doctrine Of Eternal Security To know that you are eternally saved from the wrath ...
  • Atheism Derived from the Greek atheos, meaning “godless.” This term is found ...
  • Atonement Christ died (atoned or paid) for our sins on the ...
  • Attributes Of Deity The Intrinsic Essence of God – His Divine Characteristics called ...
  • Baptism Of The Holy Spirit Performed by the Holy Spirit at the instant each person ...
  • BibIical Criticism Refers to study that attempts to determine the truth of ...
  • Bible Doctrine Biblical “Truths” presented as categories, concepts and/or principles from God’s ...
  • Biblical Inerrancy and Infallibility These two Doctrines are nearly the same: Inerrancy states that ...
  • Bibliology Referring to the analysis of Scripture as the foundation of ...
  • BLACKOUT OF THE SOUL Blackout of the soul is the status of the believer ...
  • Blasphemy Greek word blasphemia meaning “a curse.” Using the name of God in ...
  • Blood Of Christ Refers to the spiritual death of Christ on the Cross. ...
  • Body Of Christ The body of Christ consists of all church-age believers in ...
  • Book Of Life The Book of Life is one thing in time and ...
  • Born Again Refers in Christianity to a person who is “twice born.” ...
  • Canonicity/Canon Of Scripture Refers to the divinely inspired and officially recognized books of ...
  • CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Capital punishment is the maximum use of jurisprudence under the ...
  • Carnality The state of the believer who has sinned and not ...
  • Chain Sinning Addiction to a certain sin (s) – habitual sin. We ...
  • Christian Activism Christian activism can involve the political or social arena of ...
  • Christophany The appearance of Christ in bodily form before His Incarnation.
  • Church The body of Christ made up of Church age believers ...
  • Church-Age The Church-age began at Pentecost (Acts 2:1-47) and ends with ...
  • CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE Breaking the law.  Civil disobedience refers to the action of ...
  • Client Nation There has always been a client nation throughout history which ...
  • Common Grace The function of the Holy Spirit whereby he makes the ...
  • COMMON GRACE The ministry of God the Holy Spirit in which the ...
  • Cosmic System Satan’s orderly system which includes purpose, strategy and a structured ...
  • Cosmological Argument A Philosophical argument for proof of the existence of God ...
  • Cosmos Diabolicus (Cosmic World) Satan’s world system. The secular world headed up by Satan. ...
  • Covetousness A lust pattern of the soul whereby a person strongly ...
  • Crucifixion The most extreme, cruel and degrading punishment ever conceived from ...
  • DEGENERACY Degeneracy is the process of passing from a higher to ...
  • Deity Of Christ Jesus Christ is God. Period. He is co-equal and co-eternal ...
  • Demon Influence Demon influence is false thinking based on human viewpoint and ...
  • Demon Possession Invasion of the body of the unbeliever only. Generally this ...
  • Dichotomous Refers to unregenerate mankind because he has only a body ...
  • Dispensations Dispensations are the Divine Revelations of God in various periods ...
  • Divine Decree/Election God’s eternal purpose toward His creation – past, present and ...
  • Divine Discipline Discipline of God is for the believers benefit. Discipline comes ...
  • Divine Dynasphere THE DIVINE DYNASPHERE IS “OCCUPATION WITH CHRIST” which is reached ...
  • Divine Essence The characteristics of God – His Attributes – His Divine ...
  • Divine Establishment God has designed and ordained certain laws for the freedom, ...
  • Divine Institutions Principles ordained by God under the Divine Laws of Establishment ...
  • Divine Viewpoint Divine viewpoint is the Word of God – the Mind ...
  • Doctrine Categories of Systematic Biblical Concepts related to the Pre-designed Plan of ...
  • Dying Grace A state of peace and spiritual blessing when the believer ...
  • Ecumenical Ecumenicalism seeks to unite all faiths into a brotherhood of ...
  • Edification Structure Of The Soul Edification means the “building up” as in the erection of ...
  • Efficacious Grace Produced by God and revealed by the Holy Spirit through ...
  • Election Election is the expression of the sovereign will of God ...
  • Elohim The “im” is plural in Hebrew. “El” is always used ...
  • Epistemology The distinction between belief and knowledge. A study of, or ...
  • Eschatology The doctrine of last things. Involving such things as future ...
  • Eternal Life The imputation of God’s own eternal life to the believer ...
  • Eternal Security At the point of faith in Christ, God imputes Eternal ...
  • Ethereal Relating to the regions beyond earth in the heavens. Lacking ...
  • Etymology The history of linguistic form (as a word) tracing its ...
  • Evil Satan’s system of ruler-ship over this cosmic world. Human good ...
  • Exegesis A word by word, verse by verse study of the ...
  • Expiation The finished work of Christ on the Cross. The payment ...
  • Expository Teaching To study, interpret and present Scripture in understandable terms by ...
  • Filling Of The Holy Spirit The power source of God for believers, the Holy Spirit ...
  • Forty Grace Gifts At the split-second when a person trusts in the finished ...
  • Fruit Of The Spirit When the believer is in fellowship with God he is ...
  • Gnosis Bible Doctrine learned, but not believed. Therefore it was not ...
  • God Consciousness When any person, anywhere becomes conscious that God exists. If ...
  • Godliness Godliness means we are imitators of Christ and God produces ...
  • Gospel Gospel literally means “Good News” for lost humanity. Jesus Christ ...
  • Grace The title for God’s PPG (Pre-designed Plan of Grace/God). Grace ...
  • Grace Orientation To be oriented to the Plan of God by inhaling ...
  • Great White Throne Judgment The final judgment of unbelievers only. Unbelievers are not judged ...
  • Hades (or Sheol) Both “Sheol,” and “Hades” refer to anything that is subterranean ...
  • Hamartiology The Doctrine of Sin. To truly appreciate the price that ...
  • Heart Throughout most of Scripture the nouns for heart usually refer ...
  • Heathenism Rejection of the Gospel; rejection of the one true God; ...
  • Heirship We  (believers) are all heirs of God because of Christ. ...
  • Hermeneutics The objective of hermeneutics is discovering, discerning and defining Scripture ...
  • Hope Confident assurance in God’s promises – such as eternal life ...
  • Human Good Produced by both believers and unbelievers and rejected by God ...
  • Human Nature – Old Sin Nature (OSN) Human Nature, Sin Nature, Genetic Nature, Adamic Nature, are synonymous ...
  • Human Spirit Received at Salvation, the human spirit is necessary to worship ...
  • Humility Humility is the antithesis of arrogance. Without humility you cannot ...
  • Hypostatic Union Hypostatic is from the Greek en, “in,” and hypostasis “substance.” ...
  • I.C.E. Isagogics – the interpretation of Scripture in its historical  setting. Categories  – classification ...
  • Idolatry The worship of anything or anyone besides God. Giving anything ...
  • Image Of God The immaterial, invisible essence of mankind – his soul. The ...
  • Immediate Creation The direct creative act of God apart from intermediate agents ...
  • Imminence Could occur at any moment. The Rapture is considered to ...
  • Immutability An attribute of God which describes His inability to change ...
  • Impeccability Of Christ The Doctrine that Christ did not sin during the incarnation. ...
  • Imprecatory Prayer Prayer for justice because of antagonism, hostility, persecution or terrorism ...
  • Imputation There are various types of Imputation from God. The imputation ...
  • Incarnation Refers to the time Jesus Christ lived on earth in ...
  • Indwelling Of The Holy Spirit At salvation the Holy Spirit permanently takes up residency in ...
  • Inordinate Desire The lust to exalt oneself above others without regard for ...
  • Inspiration Inspiration means God-breathed. God-breathed means the Holy Spirit supernaturally directed ...
  • Integrity Of God God’s integrity is based on His Righteousness and His Justice. ...
  • Judgment Seat Of Christ This is God’s judgment or evaluation of believers ONLY and ...
  • Justice An attribute of God that describes God’s infinite and perfect ...
  • Justification A judicial act of vindication whereby God imputes His Perfect ...
  • Kenosis During his incarnation Christ voluntarily restricted the use of His ...
  • Lake Of Fire The lake of fire was originally created for Satan and ...
  • Lapsarianism Lapsarianism means “lapse” and refers to man’s fallen condition and ...
  • Legalism Striving to gain the approbation of God, for salvation, by ...
  • Logistical Grace God’s supreme support, provision, suffering, blessing and judgment (discipline) for ...
  • Love A divine intrinsic attribute of the God. God elected to ...
  • Maturity In Christ Maturity in Christ means we have become “adult sons” occupied ...
  • Mediate Creation The indirect creative act of God through intermediate agents or ...
  • Mediator A mediator reconciles the differences between two parties and must ...
  • Mental Attitude Your attitude reflects your thinking. Your thinking determines your actions. ...
  • Messiah Literally means “the Anointed One.” In Hebrew “masiah” is parallel to ...
  • Metabolized Doctrine Biblical Truth received in the left lobe as knowledge. By ...
  • Metamorphism Describes our Lord’s “transformation” on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew ...
  • Millennium A period of a thousand years when Christ will reign ...
  • Morality Conformity to God’s laws of establishment. Morality is based on ...
  • Morning Star One of the names of our Savior and Lord – ...
  • Mosaic Law The laws God gave Moses which consist of three compartments ...
  • Mystery Doctrine The current Church Age (a period of time from Pentecost ...
  • Necromancy The attempt to allegedly contact the dead, or spirits of ...
  • Negative Volition “Mataiotes” is a Greek word translated “vanity” in Ephesians 4:17. ...
  • Neshamah Hebrew word for “breath of life” (soul life) from God ...
  • New Species, New Creation in Christ/Spiritual Birth God is creating a “new species” (creation) under/in Christ. The ...
  • Occupation With Christ As used and defined by this ministry, occupation with Christ ...
  • Omnipotence Of God Omni means “all” and potent means “power.” Omnipotence is a ...
  • Omnipresence Of God God’s is everywhere present at the same time all the ...
  • Omniscience Of God All knowledge of all things even foreknowledge. Eternal limitless knowledge. ...
  • Palestinian Covenant This is an unconditional pact that God made with Abram ...
  • Parable A scenario used to illustrate a Divine Principle.
  • Peace With God The believer is at peace with God based on the ...
  • Philosophy Philosophy is the path that knowledge pursues in the defining ...
  • Pleroo Pronounced, “Play row oh,” meaning to be full or to ...
  • Positional Truth The Church Age believer in Christ is superior to all ...
  • PPG/PPPG Pre-designed Plan of God/Grace (Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 3:18). Pre-designed means God’s Provision ...
  • Propitiation Means God is propitiated (perfectly satisfied) by Christ’s sacrifice in ...
  • Protocol A right thing becomes wrong when done in a wrong ...
  • Pseudo Spirituality Pseudo means false or counterfeit and refers to man’s system ...
  • Rapture The word rapture is not found in Scripture, but it ...
  • Rebound/Restoration The mechanics of God’s PPG: Confessing (naming) our sins to God (1 ...
  • Reconcilation The Doctrine of Reconciliation is stated as such in 2 ...
  • Redeemer Christ is the ultimate Redeemer. He gave His life as ...
  • Redemption The saving work of Christ on the Cross whereby He ...
  • Regeneration The literal meaning of regeneration is “being born again” (John ...
  • Relative Righteousness Man’s own righteousness compared to man. When compared to God ...
  • Religion A system of rituals without reality, religion is man working ...
  • Remission Means release from sin (Acts 2:38; Hebrews 9:22). The active ...
  • Repentance Acknowledging (agreeing with God) sin, disobedience and rebellion. A turning ...
  • Reproach Scorn, rebuke or shame (1 Timothy 3:7). On the Cross, ...
  • Resurrection Resurrection for the believer means the believer returns from the ...
  • Revelation From the Greek apokalupsis, mean unveiling or disclosure from which ...
  • Sacraments Are symbols of God’s Grace such as Communion and Baptism ...
  • Sanctification, Doctrine of: The doctrine of sanctification teaches that God’s purpose is to ...
  • Shechinah or Shekinah Glory Christ is the Shechinah Glory of Israel. He lived in ...
  • Sin Violation of God’s Standards. Sin is mental (thinking) first, then ...
  • Sin Nature Inherited from Adam. See “Human Nature“
  • Sin Unto Death Maximum punishment from God when He removes the believer from ...
  • Slander Making negative statements publicly about another person. Also includes the ...
  • Soteriology Theological (teaching) concepts which describe the cross-work of Christ and ...
  • Soul Life Soul life is the linking or marriage of consciousness (the ...
  • Sovereignty God’s supreme authority over creation. One of God’s Divine Attributes.
  • Spiritual Autonomy Spiritual Autonomy means we are at peace with God; under ...
  • Spiritual Death Is the penalty of sin which is separation from God ...
  • Spiritual Gifts The Holy Spirit sovereignly gives gifts to every believer at ...
  • Spiritual Maturity Means spiritual adulthood. The mature believer has successfully integrated and ...
  • Substitutionary Death Of Christ Jesus became our substitute, dying in our place, for the ...
  • Taboo Taboos are a prohibition imposed by religion – a system ...
  • Tetragrammation Means “four letters” referring to JHWH, translated Jehovah or Yahweh. ...
  • Theophany Refers to appearances of Christ in the Old Testament prior ...
  • Tongues The gift of tongues was a temporary gift for the ...
  • Total Depravity Mankind is totally depraved in God’s sight (Titus 3:5). Man ...
  • Transcendence God is everywhere; He transcends time and space; He is ...
  • Tree Of Death A reference to the Cross.
  • Tree Of Life Represented the perfect environment of the Garden of Eden, between ...
  • Triumphal Entrance The triumphal entry of our Savior into the third heaven, ...
  • Unlimited Atonement/Efficacy The saving work of Christ on the Cross for the ...
  • Unpardonable Sin The rejection of Christ’s work on the Cross (John 1:29; ...
  • Veracity God is absolute truth. Veracity is the absolute integrity of ...
  • Virgin Birth The old sin nature (Adams nature) is passed down in ...
  • Virtue Love Virtue love emphasizes the character of the subject rather than ...
  • Volition Freedom to choose. God does not and cannot violate free ...
  • Witnessing Personal evangelism by believers to unsaved mankind. Communication of the ...

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