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The Word I’m Looking For (Episode I)

January 17, 2009

This begins another series of posts which will be unlike any previous series. As in the past however, the installments will appear every so often and not back to back. (Going back to back would hinder the free range of discussion) The word of God is beyond incredible and is as timeless as the author of our faith. For quite a while, I’ve been fascinated by those verses which contain the single appearance of a given word in scripture. For example, in the King James bible, “cognitations” only appears once, in Daniel 7:28, while the word “womankind” only appears in Leviticus 18:22. (and it should be the resolution of much debating that goes on these days)

This series is going to cover some of the more notable of these “single appearance words” alphabetically, along with an occasional word which has a second appearance. These will be in accordance with the King James bible and I’m aware that another version, or another language, would yield a much different listing. Nonetheless, it should be interesting. (I hope) Well here it goes starting with:

ABUSERS

I Corinthians 6:9-10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

What a passage to open things up with. We live in an age where holiness is often placed on a back burner so to speak. I personally know of a lady who is living with a guy to whom she’s not married and is (or at least was) teaching sunday school. I remember Susan (Faithwalk) telling how there were professing christians at the auto dealership where she works, who don’t hesitate to deal in a shady fashion with customers. For years, we’ve heard of the ongoing debates in many denominations as to whether or not it’s ok to ordain homosexuals. There is NO PLACE IN SCRIPTURE  where this behavior is condoned and people are not born gay. It is a spirit that takes control of ones life. This is not the popular interpretation these days, but it’s the scripturally accurate one. To learn just how widespread this problem is in the church, check in to GCM WATCH every so often as the author monitors this situation.

ACCEPTABLY

Hebrews 12:27-29 And this word, Yet once more signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.”

A whole lot of shaking going on and much more to soon follow. There seems to be a serious lack of reverence and godly fear these days; in the world and even in the church. We become comfortable and dull of hearing as soothing messages come from the pulpit; massaging the ears and maintaining the cashflow. How often does the fact that we will one day stand before the judgment seat of Christ come to mind or enter into the discussion? At times, it seems to be rarely pondered and in  many instances when it’s brought up, the other party will agree but seem noticaeably uneasy about the subject. We should continually examine ourselves and our motives. Every idle word, every idle action, every hour parked in front of a television while souls are sinking for the last time, will be called into account on that day. May we all consider this and adjust our priorities accordingly.

ACCUSER

Revelation 12:10 “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

The casting down of the one who made the earth a wilderness. The one who caused a third of the angels to leave their first estate and believe a lie. The one who has been the destroyer of untold billions throughout the history of the earth. This brings up something else that we should be aware of. The devil is so subtle that he caused a third of the angels to forgo their place in the paradise of God and follow him in rebellion. This is astonishing and lets us know that we cannot be too careful when it comes to keeping our heart with all diligence.  The verse following Revelation 12:10  should be hidden in the heart of every saint who understands the lateness of the hour.

Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”

This is another situation that many of us fail to grasp the seriousness of. We may well be called upon to glorify the Lord Jesus through martyrdom. To think that our generation is somehow exempt from what every previous one endured is dangerous. This should also cause us to realize the importance of abiding close to the Lord as we cannot do this in our own strength. Stephen, in Acts chapter 7, was not standing in his own strength. The Holy Spirit empowered him and those listening could not touch him until his testimony was completed. No matter what we face in the days ahead, God is in control.

ADVANTEGETH

I Corinthians 15:32If after this manner of men I have fought the beasts at Ephesus, what advantegeth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink: for tomorrow we die.”

(Note: late last evening when writing this out, I accidentally neglected to place the above verse here before submitting. My sincere thanks to beyond blue stockings  for alerting me to this)

We serve a risen Savior. Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords. He shed his innocent blood and died for our sins. Three days later, he did what nobody had ever done before. he rose from the dead and is alive for ever more. Because he lives, we shall live also. This is our blessed hope and because of this, we shall abide in the presence of the Lord throughout the eons to come. Such ponderings cause one to realize just how temporal this life is and how incredible beyond description the age to come will be.

ADVOCATE

I John 2:1-2 “My little children, these things I write unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

An awesome passage with which to conclude this first installment. Jesus Christ, our high priest forver who ever lives to make intercession for us. Because we love the Lord and have the Holy Spirit abiding within, our desire is to live for Jesus. But if we slip, we can come to him in repentance and be forgiven. He was tempted in all points as we are and yet without sin. WOO HOO!

Well I’ll conclude for now. This series looks to be a lot of fun as verses come up that, in the normal order of things may never be covered in this venue. Without a doubt, II Timothy 3:16 and II Peter 1:20-21 are ever so true. I wish to all, a blessed day in Jesus.

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6 comments

  1. Timbob, feel free to delete/edit my comment when you have corrected, but your “ADVANTEGETH” verse is missing! It is the same as the verse for the next word.

    It’s a very interesting look at some unique word usage: I’ll be looking forward to future posts : )


  2. Hi beyondbluestockings. Thanks for the alert. When writing I had accidentally deleted I John 2:1-2 and it appears that whe I placed it back I got the wrong place as it appeared twice. The situation has been corrected. Thanks for the heads up.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  3. Timbob, this is great! A wonderful way to be reminded of those words in the Word that meant so much to the Holy Spirit that He included them – at least once.


  4. That’s a pretty neat idea to do a post about “single word” verses. If you’re going through these alphabetcially, as appears to be the case, I don’t think you’ll be lacking for subjects to post anytime soon. As I was reading your comments about holiness, I recalled something that happened several years ago that left my husband and I absolutely stunned. There was a couple that started attending the church we used to go to, and they were receiving a home Bible study. Eventually, they saw their need to get baptized and wanted to do so. They were living together and told the pastor that they wouldn’t be engaging in an immoral relationship, but they still wanted to live together. I guess they weren’t quite ready to get married yet. Anyway, the pastor was okay with that and baptized them. We were shocked, having been taught such things as “abstain from all appearance of evil” and “watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation, the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” There were other things going on too that just did not line up with Scripture, and we did end up leaving that church.(not in a huff-we wanted to leave in a right spirit.)I thank God though that I do know a lot of pastors that do believe, live and preach holy living, my husband being one of them.

    Thanks for the food for thought you have given us today.

    Blessings,

    Carol


  5. Hi Jerald. There are a lot of instances where a word has only one appearance; almost as a designed method of focusing attention to the verse. Gods word is so deep and pure. Thanks for taking time to stop in.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.


  6. Hi Carol. There are many more in the series as we’re only up to “advocate.” It’s a way to cover things that would normally fall outside of the primary course of discussion.

    The situation that you mention concerning the couple living together and the pastor still agreeing to baptize them reminded me of what Pastor troyer said a few weeks ago. It seemed to be injected into the course of what he was talking about. He stated that pastors need for us to keep them in continuous prayer as there’s ever-increasing pressure upon them to embrace compromise. It seems that, in these recent years, tolerance has become the accepted way as truth is exchanged for popularity. May we all hold fast the profession of our faith.

    I mentined it on your blog, but I really enjoyed the post about Joseph. What an incredible example of the fact that, despite appearances, God is in control. Thanks.

    Have a blessed day in Jesus.



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