Doctrinal Terms and Concepts


These studies are designed for believers in Jesus Christ only. If you have exercised faith in Christ, then you are in the right place. If you have not, then you need to heed the words of our Lord, Who said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten [or, uniquely-born] Son, so that every [one] believing [or, trusting] in Him shall not perish, but shall be have eternal life! For God did not send His Son into the world so that He should judge the world, but so that the world shall be saved through Him. The one believing [or, trusting] in Him is not judged, but the one not believing has already been judged, because he has not believed in the Name of the only-begotten [or, uniquely-born] Son of God.” (John 3:16–18). “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life! No one comes to the Father except through [or, by means of] Me!” (John 14:6).


Every study of the Word of God ought to be preceded by a naming of your sins to God. This restores you to fellowship with God (1John 1:8–10). If we acknowledge our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1John 1:9). If there are people around, you would name these sins silently. If there is no one around, then it does not matter if you name them silently or whether you speak aloud.


Many of these terms come from R. B. Thieme, Jr. Some are common (and sometimes uncommon) theological terms. Some of the words and concepts are original. I initially expected to have 3–5 pages of terms. At this point, however, there are 26 pages with approximately 10 terms on each page (although some are repeated). This is, in itself, a theological education. If you know and understand these terms, it is likely that you are a growing believer or you have a high level of spiritual maturity. If you have been a Christian longer than 5 years, then you ought to know nearly all of these terms (or at least their concepts—you may know them by a different name).


Updated June 23, 2016.


Doctrinal Terms and Concepts (updated June 23, 2016)

1st Advent  

The time period when Jesus was born and had His earthly ministry.

1st and 2nd Advents of Jesus

When Jesus first came to walk on this earth, that was the 1st Advent. When He returns to destroy the nations who are about to invade Israel, that will be the 2nd Advent.

4th Stage of Discipline

This is when a foreign nation comes in and rule over the country which is under discipline. These stages of discipline were devised primarily for nation Israel, but there is some application to us today. Thieme called this the 4th Cycle of Discipline.

5th Stage of National Discipline

This is the stage of discipline God brings upon Israel when the people are removed from their own land and taken into slavery by some foreign power. Thieme called this the 5th Cycle of Discipline. The Five Cycles of Discipline (BDR—probably Thieme) (Mark Perkins) (L. G. Merritt).

10 Problem Solving Devices

The Church-age believer has, in the Church-age, his very own portfolio of invisible assets, the unique availability of divine power, and the fantastic privileges related to being a member of the Royal Family of God. Included with this are clearly defined problem-solving devices. In other words, beyond gnosis (knowledge) there is the most fantastic system of solving one's own problems from thinking with the mind of Christ. Accomplishing this requires us to put Bible doctrine first in our life. These problem solving devices are: 1. Rebound; 2. The Filling of the Holy Spirit; 3. Faith-Rest; 4. Grace Orientation; 5. Doctrinal Orientation; 6. A Personal Sense of Destiny; 7. Personal Love for God the Father; 8. Impersonal Unconditional Love for all Mankind; 9. Contentment and Perfect Happiness with God; 10. Occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ. For more information, see: R. B. Thieme, Jr., Robert R. McLaughlin Bible Ministries, and All Aboard God’s Train (Bible doctrine for children).

Abuse of Authority Arrogance

This is where a person in authority considers himself too smart and too good to consider the suggestions of his underlings. He automatically reacts negatively to the suggestions of certain people below him. Or he rejects philosophies and approaches which rejection has been ingrained in his soul from his early age.


Another form of this is where a person in authority abuses or takes advantage of those under his authority.

A Fortiori Reasoning

If God has already done the greater of two things; then it stands to reason that He can and will do the lesser thing.

Abrahamic Covenant

A contract made between God and Abram.

Addictive Behavior Arrogance

Some sins are naturally addictive—alcohol and drug usage are examples of this. Quite obviously, a person drinks or takes a particular drug because they like the way it makes them feel. It titillates their emotions and causes their mind and/or body to feel good. Most often, it removes them from their circumstances, which they may find difficult. At the same time, this addictive behavior begins to consume their life.

Addictive and Degenerate Sins

This is when a complex of sins takes over the life of a believer or an unbeliever. When committing these sins begins to be a priority in one’s life, that is the point at which these sins have become addictive. The ability to resist such sins becomes dramatically reduced, while the satisfaction from committing these sins is also lessened. Common addictions include alcoholism, drug addiction, gambling and sexual addiction (of various types). When addiction occurs, these sins have a degenerative effect: a person will neglect his own physical appearance, his own health, his family, his familial obligations, his work and/or his financial obligations. An addicted believer will often forgo his relationship to God (going to church, Christian fellowship, the exercise of his spiritual gift) in order to commit the sins that he is addicted to.

Adjustment to the Justice of God

Our point of contact with God is His justice (not His love). We either adjust to God’s justice (by believing in Jesus Christ and then advancing toward spiritual maturity); or God’s justice adjusts to us (eternal damnation for the unbeliever; a life of misery for the believer who does not grow spiritually). See the Doctrine of the Adjustment to the Justice of God.

Age of Israel

This is the period of time in history where God works through believers in nation Israel. God also worked through the Abraham and those descended from him until nation Israel was established. See the Three Dispensations: The Age of Israel, the Age of the Hypostatic Union and the Church Age (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Age of the Hypostatic Union

The time period during which Jesus Christ walked upon this earth. This dispensation acted as a hinge between the Church Age and the Age of Israel.

Anadiplosis

An anadiplosis [pronounced An-a-dee-PLOH-sihs] is repeating a word from the end of a sentence at the beginning of the next sentence. The words so repeated are thus emphasized as being the most important words in the sentence, which we are to mark and consider in translation and exposition. So, in 2Sam. 19:11, while the people in northern Israel are discussing the king, the king is sending a message to the people in southern Israel.


This is done in film and television all the time. A character’s name is mentioned, and, in the next frame, we have that character’s face or that character involved in something. Cordelia might ask, “Has anyone seen Angel?” And the next frame of the show is Angel fighting for his life against some demon bad guy.

Ancient world adoption

This is when a man of wealth selects someone outside of his own family to take control of the family fortune. In such a case, the man of wealth either lacks natural heirs or his natural heirs are a bunch of layabouts and degenerates.

Angel of Jehovah

The Angel of the Lord is one of the preincarnate forms of Jesus Christ. The Angel of Jehovah is identified as Jehovah. Gen. 16:7-13 21:17-18 22:11-18 31:11-13 48:15,16 Ex. 3:2 cf. Acts 7:30-35 Ex. 13:21 14:19 Judg.2:1-4 5:23 6:11-23 13:3-22 2Sam. 24:16 Zech. 1:12-13. The Angel of Jehovah is distinguished from Jehovah. Gen. 24:7 40 Ex. 23:20 32:34 Num. 20:16 1Chron. 21:15-18 Isa. 63:9 Zech. 1:12-13. See the Doctrine of the Angel of Jehovah (HTML) (PDF) (WPD)..

Angelic Conflict

Before man was created, God had created angels, and some of these angels sinned against God. This conflict, which we cannot see, is a conflict that we are a part of, and our spiritual lives in particular are directly to the Angelic Conflict. See the Angelic Conflict (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Angelic Conflict

During human history, there is an invisible conflict being played out and tied to human history, which is call the Angelic Conflict. This began with the fall of Satan and has flowed into our own lives since Satan tempted the first woman to sin against God. The two primary objectives of Satan with respect to man are (1) to keep people from believing in Jesus Christ and (2) to keep believers from growing spiritually and participating in the production of divine good. See the Angelic Conflict (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Angelic Conflict

Before man was created, God created billions of angels. Satan sinned against God and a third of the angels went with Satan (these are known as the fallen angels). Satan has been sentenced to eternity in the Lake of Fire, but this sentence has not been carried out yet, presumably because Satan has lodged many objections. Man was created in order to resolve the Angelic Conflict.

Angelic Conflict

The angelic conflict is the result of prehistoric creatures being in opposition to God. It began with the independence and rebellion of the one who was the Messiah's angel, Satan, and it continues throughout human history until the end of the Millennium. The angelic conflict answers many basic questions about life, such as - "Why was man created? Why sin? Why is there chaos on earth? Why is there so much suffering? Why did our Lord Jesus Christ have to go to the cross?"

Angelic Conflict

The Angelic Conflict is an invisible war which is taking place which involves God, the elect angels and the fallen angels. Man was created to resolve the Angelic Conflict. See the Angelic Conflict (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Angelic Conflict

There is a great unseen war which is going on between fallen and elect angels. This has been going on since the fall of Satan known as the Angelic Conflict. We, as having volition, will resolve the Angelic Conflict.

Angelic Conflict

Before man was created, God had created angels, and some of these angels sinned against God. This conflict, which we cannot see, is a conflict that we are a part of, and our spiritual lives in particular are directly related to the Angelic Conflict.

Angelic Conflict

The angelic conflict is an intense war on the part of the fallen angels to further their cause by producing a creature incapable of being saved-part angel and part man, killing the humanity of Christ, inducing Christ to sin, somehow keeping man from accepting Christ as Savior, and causing sweeping Christian apostasy.

Angelic Conflict

Prior to the creation of man, there were billions of beings created called angels. A third of these angels fell by sinning against God and were sentenced to death. Satan appealed this sentence and we are now in the appeals phase of this conflict.

Anthropomorphism

An anthropomorphism simply assigns human actions characteristics to non-human things and events (in this case, God) in order to better explain something (in Psalm 20:2, this better explains God’s sustenance and faithfulness). For more information, see Bible Doctrine Resource.

Anthropopathism

An anthropopathism is taking an easily understood emotion, thought or action that man has or does and attributing that emotion, thought or action to God, to explain God’s thinking and action in language of accommodation. One might view this is somewhat of a shortcut when speaking about God. For more information, see Bible Doctrine Resource.

Anthropopathism

This is the assignment of human feelings, passions or characteristics to God, attributing to Him feelings or characteristics which He does not possess. This often helps to explain God’s actions in human terms. For more information, see Bible Doctrine Resource.

Anti-societal arrogance

This is where a person rebels against societal norms and standards, to the point where, if society classifies some as right, he questions it; if society classifies something as wrong, he does it. He looks at other people who adhere to these rules with disdain and sees them as inferiors. A great many filmmakers suffer from this sort of arrogance. They attempt, in their films, to continually push the envelope when it comes to societal mores. Because they question society’s conventions, they see themselves as superior and insightful to those who abide by them. However, from time to time, they we latch on to an axiom of counter-culture morality and display it with great self-righteousness (such as, tolerance).

Antitype

A type is a person, thing or circumstance which looks forward into the future and finds its fulfillment in an antitype, which may be a person, thing or circumstance. Example: Moses striking the rock and from it flows waters of life is a type; Christ being judged on the cross for our sins and from Him flows living waters is the antitype.

Apologetics

This is the science which shows Christianity and the Bible to be logical and reasonable.

The Arrogance Complex

See interlocking systems of arrogance below.

Arrogance Complex (Also known as the interlocking systems of arrogance)

The interlocking systems of arrogance refers to many clusters of sins which have a tendency to interlock with one another. That is, a believer who goes into interlocking systems of arrogance through one gate (or entrance), is likely to interlock with another cluster of sins if he remains out of fellowship. We have simple examples of this in life. A person might begin to smoke marijuana, which is illegal. Some time later, he may become involved in anti-authority actions, extreme liberal philosophy and politics, and break more and greater laws. He may involve himself with a woman with the same weaknesses, and they become involved in sexual arrogance together (his norms and standards being wiped out by his changing mores). He enters in the gate of smoking marijuana which makes him vulnerable to a number of other clusters of sins.

Atonement

The idea of atonement is not full and complete forgiveness, but a covering over of the sins committed. Psalm 65:3: When iniquities prevail against me, You [God] atone for [or, cover over] our transgressions. Atonement is a temporary measure. Sins are temporarily covered over.

Authority Arrogance

In authority arrogance, the individual fails to make the most difficult transition of temporal life, which is going from the authority in the home to freedom in life. The home is organized humility. The parents' authority is enforced humility, and the child's response to enforced humility produces genuine humility. Rejection of overt authority in life results in rejection of inward authority of the soul, and that destroys your own self-discipline.

Authority Orientation

This is an understanding of the legitimate authorities in life, both civil and spiritual. Lacking such orientation can make a person’s life quite difficult. Doctrine of Authority (Maranatha Church) (Westbank Bible Church) (Lake Erie Bible Church Word Doc) (PDF). See Authority, God's Chain of Command (Grace Notes HTML) (PDF).

Baptism of Fire

The baptism of fire is the removal of all unbelievers from the earth at the end of the Tribulation. See Doctrine of the Baptism of Fire (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Biblical Inspiration

Biblical inspiration may be defined as human authors wrote as moved by the Holy Spirit, so that, without waving their human intelligence, their vocabulary, their personal feelings, their literary style, their personality, their environmental influences or their individuality, they recorded God’s complete and connected message to man with perfect accuracy in the original languages of Scripture, the very words bearing the authority of divine authorship. The is known as the verbal, plenary view of inspiration. See the Basic Doctrine of Inspiration (HTML) (PDF) (WPD); the Doctrine of Inspiration (HTML) (PDF) (WPD); and the Study of Inspiration (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Blessing by Association

Friends and relatives and associates of a spiritually mature believer receive some overflow of blessing from that believer. People in the same geographical area of a mature of maturing believer receive blessings through their association. Blessing by Association (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Canon of Scripture, Canonicity

The set of books that, over time, were organically determined to be authoritative and inspired by God, and therefore make up the books of the Bible that we have today. It is more correct to say that each book in the canon was recognized as being a part of God’s Word, rather than determined to be God’s Word. Further detail on this topic: (Bible doctrine resource—probably the work of R. B. Thieme, Jr.); the Old Testament Canon (probably the work or R. B. Thieme, Jr.); Wenstrom; and the best source for information on the Canon of Scripture I believe is found in Geisler and Nix’s Introduction to the Bible.

Carnality

Carnality is the opposite of spiritually. A person who is carnal has sinned, and is therefore out of fellowship with God. When such a one names his sin or sins to God, he is restored to fellowship and he is spiritual once again.

Category two love

This is the love between one man and one woman. This is also called right man/right woman.

Chiasmos

This is a format where the first passage can be matched to the final passage; the second passage can be matched to the second-to-the-last passage, etc. It is called a chiasmos (or, chiasmus) based upon the letter chi (Χ). Many times, this structure can be used to find the key element of the psalm or to rearrange the psalm. (Chiasmos example) (Thomas B. Clarke) (Brad McCoy)

Chiasmos

A chiasmos (also spelled chiasmus) is the way that some portions of the Bible are organized. It takes its name from the Greek letter chi (χ). The first section matches with the last, the second with the second-to-the-last, etc. It is called a chiasmos, because the inverted parallelism looks like a chi (actually, half a chi) when one looks at it from its organizational standpoint. When there is a center element, that is what is often emphasized and what is the most important part of the passage. (Chiasmos example) (Thomas B. Clarke) (Brad McCoy)

Chiasmos

A chiasmos organizes a passage, so that there is a parallel with the beginning of the chiasmos with the end of it; the second portion of the passage finds its match in the second to the last portion of the passage; etc. (Chiasmos example) (Thomas B. Clarke) (Brad McCoy)

Chiasmos

This is a psalm where the first passage can be matched to the final passage; the second passage can be matched to the second-to-the-last passage, etc. It is called a chiasmos (or, chiasmus) based upon the letter chi (Χ). Many times, this structure can be used to find the key element of the psalm or to rearrange the psalm. (Chiasmos example) (Thomas B. Clarke) (Brad McCoy)

Christian nation

This is a term which has been tossed around for years, for which few could give a solid definition. Many understand a Christian nation to be that in which the government encourages and even mandates Christianity among its people. Since such a concept is anti-Biblical because it implies state-interference with free will, a new term needed to be developed.

Christophany

A Christophany is an appearance by Jesus after the resurrection

Church Age

The period of time in history where God works through the body of believers, also known as the church. This age began on the Day of Pentecost, following our Lord’s resurrection and ascension, and continues today. See the Three Dispensations: The Age of Israel, the Age of the Hypostatic Union and the Church Age (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Clandestine warfare

An operation sponsored or conducted by governmental departments or agencies in such a way as to assure secrecy or concealment. A clandestine operation differs from a covert operation in that emphasis is placed on concealment of the operation rather than on concealment of the identity of the sponsor. In special operations, an activity may be both covert and clandestine and may focus equally on operational considerations and intelligence-related activities.

Client Nation

A client nation, is a national entity in which a certain number of spiritually mature Christians (the salt of the earth) have formed a pivot sufficient to sustain the nation and through which God specifically protects this nation so that believers can fulfill the divine mandates of evangelism, communication and custodianship of Bible doctrine, providing a haven for Jews, and sending missionaries abroad. The United States is a client-nation to God. A client nation must have freedom: Freedom to seek God, freedom to use one’s own volition and self-determination to succeed or fail, freedom from anarchy and tyranny, freedom for evangelism, freedom for believers to hear Bible teaching without government interference and, therefore, to grow spiritually, and freedom to send missionaries to other nations. Doctrine of the Client Nation (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Client nation

The client nation is a nation where there are a lot of believers and a lot of mature and growing believers. This nation is known for its evangelization, for its Bible teaching, its Bible scholarship, and missionary activity. The government and leaders may or may not be supportive of such activity. However, generally speaking, such activity is allowed within the national entity. It is this activity which preserves such a national entity. Doctrine of the Client Nation (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Cluster Genealogy

A genealogy where the patriarch is named along with several of his sons and several of their sons. Generally, this is only for 3 or 4 generations.

Compartmental-ization arrogance

To compartmentalize means to put or divide into (compartments, categories, etc.), especially to an excessive degree. Compartmentalization arrogance takes this concept to the nth degree.

Conspiracy arrogance

Conspiracy arrogance results in a conspiracy to overthrow the purpose, policy, or authority of an organization.

Corporate Judgement

God judges nations, states, cities, neighborhoods and various other organizations of people. This is known as corporate judgment. When we belong to such a place, we might receive judgment ourselves (however, we will see that God will rescue Lot from the corporate judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah).

Corporate relationship with God

God does not simply interact with man individually, which is nearly all that is taught at most churches. We have a variety of corporate or group relationships with God: our family, our business, our school, our neighborhood, our city, our state and our country. Just as corporations of men have relationships with other corporations of men, so the various corporate entities to which we belong has a relationship with God.

Cosmic System

The term "cosmic system" refers to Satan's plan and process for controlling the world, and his attempt, using his organization of fallen angels, to counteract the plan of God in all respects. Doctrine of the Cosmic System.

Cosmic system thinking

A person’s viewpoint is confused with the thinking of Satan, who thinks in terms of human viewpoint, lies, and legalism. This is exactly the opposite thinking of the gospel, Bible doctrine, and the laws of divine establishment.

Cosmic Thinking

Cosmic thinking is the way that Satan thinks; it is the opposite of thinking like God thinks. Such a person thinks in terms of human viewpoint, Satanic lies and legalism; rather than in terms of the gospel, Bible doctrine, and the laws of divine establishment.

Counterinsurgency

Those military, paramilitary, political, economic, psychological, and civic actions taken by a government to counter the activities of rebels, guerrillas, etc.

The Covenant of God

God made a number of covenants (contracts) with Israel and with various Jews—which covenants often related to Israel as a nation. In these covenants, God made specific promises to Abraham, to David, and to the Jewish people. See the Abrahamic Covenant (HTML) (PDF) (WPD). Psalm 89 (the Davidic Covenant) (HTML) (PDF) (WPD). In many ways, the Law of Moses is a lengthy covenant.

Covenant Theology

One of the most prevalent theories in Christianity; that God has replaced Israel with the church and that the promises made to Israel have been spiritualized and made to the church instead. This is a false theory.

Covenant Theology

The general idea is that man has a relationship to God based upon covenants, or contracts, which is not disputed by theologians. Covenant theology takes this one step further and says that the entirety of the Bible can be interpreted within the framework of covenants, which position is disputed.

Covenant Theology

This is the incorrect interpretation of Scripture that Israel failed so many times before God that God finally just gave up on them and transferred all of His promises over to the church. Many churches and denominations hold to this theology. The over-arching view opposed to this is dispensationalism.

Criminal arrogance

Criminal arrogance seeks to solve problems by violence and/or by criminal actions. The modus operandi of a person in criminal arrogance is criminal behavior. Believers are susceptible to this kind of arrogance just as unbelievers are.

Crusader arrogance

Crusader arrogance is the self-righteousness arrogance that tries to straighten the world from its error and mistakes. A person places his personal standards above the law or any form of establishment or authority. When criminal arrogance interlocks with crusader arrogance, there is terrorism or revolution.

Cycles of Discipline (Stages of National Discipline)

A national entity which is a client nation to God is under both God’s protection and His discipline (much like the individual believer). As a nation moves further and further from God, God may impose disciplinary measures on that nation, which include economic disaster, illness, civil unrest, military defeat, and even invasion which may include a slavery or dispersion of the people. These cycles are found in Lev. 26. Although these warnings are designed for Israel, all client nations to God may face similar downward historical trends.

Davidic Covenant

A covenant (contract, agreement) which God makes with David which include the promise that David would have a Son Who would rule over Israel forever and that Israel would occupy a huge chunk of land (today, the equivalent of Israel, Jordan, Syria and Iraq, as well as portions of the Sinai Peninsula and Saudi Arabia). This covenant is eternal and unconditional.

Degeneracy

Being involved in a set of sins which are both addictive and can become very time consuming. In many cases, such sins can take over a person’s life.

Degeneracy Agenda

Spending a significant portion of your life pursing this or that degeneracy sin—whether it is the use of drugs, alcohol, chasing women, and/or having sex (with either gender). All of this takes time and planning out of your life, which takes valuable time from your place in God’s plan. This can be applied to any addictive sin (e.g., gambling).

Disaster testing

We all face personal disasters (disease, loss of loved ones) and many of us face natural (hurricanes, floods, tornadoes) and national disasters (violence, terrorism, war). When we apply Bible doctrine from our souls to such a crisis, our spiritual growth is accelerated.

Dispensational Theology

An over-arching view of God’s relationship to man; that God has, at different times in history, used different entities (Israel, the church) to move His plan forward. Sometimes an era is defined by God’s use of these different entities. See the doctrine of Dispensations (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Dispensationalism

The over-arching theological view that God has slightly different programs from one era to the next. All of His promises to Abraham and to Israel will be fulfilled, even though God has temporarily set the Jewish race aside as His representatives here on earth. See the doctrine of Dispensations (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Dispensation

A period of time wherein God’s plan for that period of time is very specific and different from other periods of time. That is, the rules for the Church Age are different than rules for the Age of Israel. See the doctrine of Dispensations (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Dispensations

A dispensation is a period of time in which God has a specific plan for spirituality, evangelization, judgment, and the writing, preservation and dissemination of His Word. The Greek noun which is occasionally translated dispensation does not mean this exactly; although it has come to mean a specific period of time as defined by God. The Greek noun is oikonomia (οἰκονομία) [pronounced oy-koh-nohm-EE-uh]; which specifically means the administration or management of a household. The idea is, those administering God’s household here on earth change from time to time. Strong’s #3622. See the doctrine of Dispensations (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Dispensations

A reference to the different game plans which God has for various periods of time in history. See the doctrine of Dispensations (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Dispensations

A Dispensation is a period of human history expressed from Divine viewpoint (God's point of view). Dispensations give us the Divine outline of human history. See the doctrine of Dispensations (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Dispensations

God divides up human history into large blocks of time, and God has a slightly different program for each block of time. For instance, during the Age of Israel, God worked primarily through the nation Israel—through its kings, judges, prophets and priests, and through His people, the Jews.


During the Church Age, spiritual growth usually occurs as a result of the function of the local church. However, God still deals with national entities, like nations, cities, states, geographical areas, businesses, schools, etc. See the doctrine of Dispensations (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Dispensations

A dispensation is a period of human history expressed in terms of divine revelation. God programmed human history as a series of five unique dispensations or ages: The Age of the Gentiles (from the creation of Adam to the Exodus of Israel from Egypt), the Age of Israel (from the Exodus to the First Advent of Christ plus the seven years of the Tribulation), the Age of the Hypostatic Union (Christ’s life on earth, from His birth to His ascension), the Church Age (our present age which will end at the Rapture—also known as the Exit Resurrection), and the Millennium (the one thousand year reign of Christ). Consecutive dispensations reflect the unfolding of God’s plan for mankind and constitute the divine viewpoint and theological interpretation of history. See the doctrine of Dispensations (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

The Dispensation of Israel

Also known as the Age of Israel, the Jewish Dispensation, the Age of the Jews, etc. This was the time period between Abraham and Christ. During this time, nearly all of the Old Testament was composed (Job and the first dozen or so chapters of Genesis may have been written prior to the Age of Israel). God worked through individual Jews and corporately through the nation Israel.

The Dispensation of the Hypostatic Union

This was a very short dispensation when the God-man, Jesus Christ, was on this earth. There were aspects of the Jewish Age and the Church Age which were true at this time. Jesus Christ test drove the spiritual life for us in the Church Age; His power was based upon the power of the Holy Spirit, just as ours is. Even though many of the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament were still occurring, they were in the background. What Jesus said and did took precedence over all Old Testament ritual.

Dispensation of the Hypostatic Union

The time that Jesus was in bodily form on this earth. This formed somewhat of a hinge between the Age of Israel and the Church Age.

Distich

A distich [pronounced DIHS-tihk] is a couplet or pair of verses or lines, usually read as a unit., which fit well together into a psalm. The book of Proverbs is chapter after chapter of distichs.

Divine Decree

The Divine Decree of God refers to his eternal, holy, wise and sovereign purpose. God simultaneously comprehended all things that ever were or ever would be. He comprehended every event that would ever take place, along with its causes and interaction with other events, and he knew in eternity past every decision mankind would ever make.


The Decree of God is His eternal and immutable will with regard to all future events, and the precise manner and order of their occurrence (Eph. 1:11: Also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose Who works all things after the counsel of His will). The word ‘Decree’ refers to the eternal plan by which God has rendered all of the events of the universe as certain. This includes past, present and future angelic and human history. The Decree of God is the chosen and adopted plan of God for all of His works. It is His eternal purpose according to the counsels of His own will whereby, for His own glory, He has foreordained all that will ever come to pass.

Divine Establishment

Also known as the laws of divine establishment. These are laws which are devised by God for the human race (for believers and unbelievers alike). The more aligned a country is with these laws, the greater freedom and prosperity that country will enjoy. Furthermore, there will be greater evangelism and Bible teaching which takes place. The further a country strays from these law results in greater tyranny and unhappiness among its population. See the Laws of Divine Establishment (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Divine Establishment viewpoint

This is thinking the way that God thinks about things, generally in relationship to man’s relationship to other men.

Divine Good

This is good which is completely in accordance with the plan of God. In order for a person to do acts of divine good, they must be in fellowship and be thinking Bible doctrine. As a result, that which they do is divine good and moves the plan of God forward. See also the Doctrine of Divine Good (Bible Doctrine Resource) (L.G. Merritt); The Production of Divine Good (Bible Doctrine Resource).

Divine Good

That which the believer produces while filled with the Holy Spirit. A mature believer will produce more divine good and more efficiently than an immature believer. See also the Doctrine of Divine Good (Bible Doctrine Resource) (L.G. Merritt); The Production of Divine Good (Bible Doctrine Resource).

Divine Guidance

God’s ability to guide us through this life. His guidance comes from know the Word of God, being filled with the Spirit, and making decisions from a position of strength. When we tend to our responsibilities in life (our families, our work, the laws of divine establishment), the road forward is often as perspicuous as God telling us where to go and what to do. See the Will of God (HTML) (PDF); also Divine Guidance (Bible Doctrine Resources) (R. B. Thieme, Jr.) (verse-by-verse).

Divine institutions

A divine institution is a social structure that God has established for the safety, security, perpetuation and stability of the human race. These are (1) the volitional function of the human soul; (2) work; (3) marriage; (4) family; and (5) human government. Divine Institutions (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Divine institutions

A divine institution speaks of the absolute social structures that have been instituted by God for the entire human race—for believers and unbelievers alike. The term divine emphasizes the fact that they have their origin in God. These are social structures that have been built into creation and into the nature of man by God. These divine institutions provide protection, perpetuation, orderly function, survival and blessing of the human race, and allow for the teaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. For more information, see Divine Institutions (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Divine Operating Assets

These are the things which God gives to the believer in the Church Age at the point of salvation. We have the ability to comprehend with all saints the nature of the plan of God and our place in it. We have the power of God the Holy Spirit (think of this as having power tools as opposed to having regular tools and no strength). We have the ability to grow spiritually and to make a difference in this world with the assets that God has given us. See 40 Grace Gifts Given at Salvation or 60 Grace Gifts Received At the Moment of Salvation.

Divine Viewpoint

Divine viewpoint is how God thinks. This is very different than how man thinks. The Lord says, "My thoughts are not like yours. Your ways are not like mine. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:8–9; ERV) See Human Viewpoint Versus Divine Viewpoint Thinking (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Divine Viewpoint

God’s thinking.

Doctrinal Orientation

Doctrinal orientation means that you have a reasonable amount of Bible doctrine circulating in your soul. You are thinking (or beginning to think) like God thinks. See Doctrinal Orientation (Bible Doctrine Resource).

Doctrinal rationale

A doctrinal rationale is when you take doctrine that is in your soul and you come to a conclusion concerning the circumstances in your life, so that you are able to depend upon God’s promised provisions instead of spending time in worry or fear.

Doctrinal Rationale

The believer, in his mind, puts together some doctrinal principles and/or verses which deal with his current problem, and he depends upon these principles.

Doctrinal Rationales

This is taking information from the Word of God and developing a logical rationale as to how God will deal with you in certain circumstances. For instance, we know that God must provide for our needs while we are here on this earth, so that we do not need to worry about what we should eat or what we should wear. God knows about these things and made provision for them in eternity past.

Doctrinal rationales

You understand, from Bible doctrine, the thinking, character and actions of God, and are able to apply God’s essence and function to your day to day life.

Documentary Hypothesis (also known as JEPD Theory)

Documentary Hypothesis simply asserts that the Pentateuch was not authored by Moses but written 1000 years (give or take) after Moses by several authors who wrote portions here and there and then other men have performed extensive revisions and editing after them. See the Doctrine of Documentary Hypothesis (HTML) (PDF) (WPD). Josh McDowell did an outstanding treatise of this in The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict (or Evidence that Demands a Verdict Vol. 2).

Dual Authorship of the Word of God

This is the concept that the Scriptures were written by men concerning actual historical events; and by God the Holy Spirit, Who, at times, has a purpose in recording that particular event, often using it as a prophecy or as a type to be fulfilled by our Lord. Therefore, there is a literal understanding of Psalm 41:9 (Even this man I believed to be looking out for my welfare and prosperity—a man whom I trusted; a man who took meals with me—his heel has been lifted up against me.), as well as an application of this verse by Jesus to His betrayal by Judas. David the psalmist, was thinking of a specific person who had betrayed him in life; and God the Holy Spirit was thinking of Judas betraying the Lord. Same words, but different meanings and purposes. The Dual Authorship of Scripture (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Dying Grace

A state of peace and spiritual blessing when the believer is called home to be with the Lord, regardless of the amount of suffering. The peaceful awareness of God in death. BDR.org

Edification Complex

Individually edification refers to the spiritual growth of the positive believer, and/or momentum in the Christian way of life. Hence, the individual connotation edification complex refers to the execution of the protocol plan of God and the subsequent manufacture of the "invisible hero," resulting in the glorification of God.

Edification complex of the soul

The Edification Complex of the Soul is an illustration developed and named by R. B. Thieme, Jr. It is a “building” which is constructed within the soul to illustrate spiritual growth and what sorts of things have been attained by a person who is spiritually mature. See the Doctrine of the Edification Complex of the Soul (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Edification Complex

"Edification" in the Greek is oikodomê (οἰκοδομη), which means a building or structure. The edification of the soul is accomplished by a building, or Edification Complex, that is constructed in the soul of the believer through the metabolization of Bible Doctrine.

Edification complex of the Soul

We build within our own souls a structure based upon doctrine from the Word of God. This structure gives us the very framework from which our lives are defined, guided and made content. More info is found here (there is a second part to this lesson as well):

http://www.gracedoctrine.org/word/Doctrines/Edification%20Complex%20of%20the%20Soul,%20Part%201.htm

Edification complex

This is an illustration of building a structure in the soul; this structure indicates spiritual maturity.

Ellipsis

An ellipsis means that there is an intention gap left in the writing (or speaking), and the reader fills in this gap himself. This omission arises not from any want of thought, or lack of care, or from accident, but from design, in order that we may not stop to think or, or lay stress on, the word or thought omitted, but may dwell on the other words which are thus emphasized by the omission.

Emendations

An emendation is a correction by emending; a correction resulting from critical editing. It is the act of offering an improvement to replace a mistake; setting right. In relationship to the Bible, it is thought to be a place where the text of the Old Testament might be slightly different. Although Bulling speaks of the 18 emendations, this is not a set number.

Emotional Arrogance

Emotional arrogance is where you allow your emotions to dominate your life, and you will set aside truth (in any of the 3 categories) in order to satiate your own emotions.

Emotional Revolt

The emotional revolt of the soul is the condition of the soul when the soul’s self-consciousness makes decisions because it has yielded itself to a strong emotional state.

Enforced Humility

Enforced humility emphasizes the function of the particular authority within the societal organization. This one causes people some problems because here is where the teeth of authority begin to be felt. Because mankind is inherently sinful, when God delegated responsibility and authority in the realm of Divine Establishment, he also had to include the means to compel obedience.

Enforced and genuine humility

Enforced humility is when you are forced to obey the proper authorities. Whether it is a parent standing over you with a switch or the police car behind you, you bend your behavior to what is expected, even though your volition desires to do just the opposite. Genuine humility is, you choose to do those things required by authority.

Epanadiplosis

An epanadiplosis [pronounced EHP-an-a-dee-PLOH-sihs], where a word is used at the beginning and at the end of a sentence, in indicates that this gives a full circle of an event, from beginning to end. There is a completeness in this statement, a completeness which also causes the hearer to pay attention to what has been said.

Epistemological Rehabilitation

Epistemological rehabilitation is the perception, metabolization and application of Bible doctrine to your own experience (2Cor. 6:11-12). The end result is the renovation of one’s thinking (Rom. 12:1–2).

Erotesis

A question which does not require an answer.

Escrow Blessings

God places certain blessings into escrow for us, so that, when we perform certain actions, these blessings are released to us. The parallel is to the of the purchase of a house where everything is placed in escrow until the buyer and seller have performed certain functions, which then transfers the house from the ownership of the seller to the ownership of the buyer. See the Doctrine of Escrow Blessings (Bible Doctrine Resource).

Establishment Truth

This is a synonym for the laws of divine establishment. Since the world appears to be made up of mostly unbelievers, God must have some kind of plan for the unbelievers while they are alive. These are called the laws of divine establishment, and they are applicable to both believers and unbelievers. These are the laws which protect the freedom of a nation, and allow for evangelism and for the teaching of the Word of God. See the Laws of Divine Establishment (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Eternity Past

Time is an invention of God, and we find ourselves within the concept of time. However, prior to God inventing time, there is, what we call, eternity past, a time and place, if you will, before time and place existed. It is here when God made the Divine Decree (above).

Evil

Evil is the thinking, strategy and plan of Satan. Evil may include sin and human good. See the Doctrine of Evil (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Evil

The word “Evil” has a distinct technical and categorical meaning in the Word of God. It is not simply a generic word referring to anything that is bad or sinful. The word “Evil” refers specifically to the policy of Satan as the ruler of this world. Evil is the modus operandi of Satan from the time of his fall throughout the angelic revolution and down to the point when be became the ruler of the world. This definition is probably right out of R. B. Thieme, Jr.’s notes. See the Doctrine of Evil (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Faith-rest

Faith-Rest is taking the promises from the Bible and mixing them with faith. This approach to life is characterized by a moment-by-moment tranquillity, happiness, and stability, even when you are in the midst of pressure, adversity, and disaster. See the Doctrine of Faith-Rest (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Faith-rest

Faith-rest is placing your trust in God, in His Word, in His promises or in Bible doctrine, and you step back and allow God to keep His Word, or fulfill His promises, or vindicate the doctrine which is in your soul. See the Doctrine of Faith-Rest (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Faith Rest Drill

There are three stages to the faith-rest drill. (1) Stage #1: Faith claims a promise. (2) Stage #2: Faith develops a rationale. (3) Stage #3: Faith draws a doctrinal conclusion. Doctrine of Faith-rest (HTML) (PDF) (WPD). Doctrine of the Faith-rest Drill (Bible Doctrine Resource).

Fear of the Lord

Fear of the Lord connotes both awe and respect of our Creator. In the Old Testament, this was one way to designate a mature or maturing believer. See the doctrine of the Fear of the Lord (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

4th and 5th stages of national discipline

The 4th stage of national discipline is when a foreign country comes in and both taxes and rules over the priest nation to God.


The 5th stage of national discipline involves complete loss of personal and national sovereignty, the destruction of the family and the nation. Offerings to God are unacceptable. Nations which have undergone this destruction have experienced slavery, cannibalism, and the assimilation of its surviving citizens into other cultures. The Five Cycles of Discipline (BDR—probably Thieme) (Mark Perkins) (L. G. Merritt).

The 5th stage of national discipline

The 5th stage of national discipline involves complete loss of personal and national sovereignty, the destruction of the family and the nation. Offerings to God are unacceptable. Nations which have undergone this destruction have experienced slavery, cannibalism, and the assimilation of its surviving citizens into other cultures. The Five Cycles of Discipline (BDR—probably Thieme) (Mark Perkins) (L. G. Merritt).

Fifth Cycle of Discipline

The fifth cycle of discipline involves complete loss of personal and national sovereignty, the destruction of the family and the nation. Offerings to God are unacceptable. Nations which have undergone this destruction have experienced slavery, cannibalism, and the assimilation of its surviving citizens into other cultures. The Five Cycles of Discipline (BDR—probably Thieme) (Mark Perkins) (L. G. Merritt).

Filling of the Holy Spirit

For the believer in the Church Age, his restoration to fellowship by rebound also restores the filling of the Holy Spirit to him. See the Doctrine of the Filling of the Holy Spirit (Bible Doctrine Resource 1) (Bible Doctrine Resource 2) (Bible Doctrine Resource 3).

Flying column

A flying column is a force of troops equipped and organized to move swiftly and independently of a principal unit to which it is attached. It is also a very mobile military organization which engages in guerilla tactics.

Frame of reference

The frame of reference is the conceptual structure to which doctrines, principles, and categories of Scripture are related. This is because knowledge is built upon knowledge; truth is built on truth. In the frame of reference, information can come in and be processed out to the other parts of the soul by means of intake and output valves.

Frantic Search for Happiness

The believer or unbeliever, after rejecting the truth (the truth of the gospel or the truth of Bible doctrine), then tries to find happiness through a variety of things which are not connect to the truth (like asceticism, religion, political activism, drugs, drinking, chasing, eating).

GAP or Grace Apparatus for Perception

GAP is an acronym for grace apparatus for perception. The idea is, God has made it possible for all believers, no matter what their IQ, to take in doctrine and to understand doctrine. Any believer, no matter what his or her IQ, can grow spiritually; and their spiritual growth is never hampered by their IQ (although, some high IQ types may try to over think a doctrine or find some clever way to justify some personal sin or failing, and fail to grow in that area). See the Grace Apparatus for Perception (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Gen X

This is a short and clever reference to the generation of the Exodus. I was going to try to represent this as Gen Ex, but that looked too much like I was just naming the first two books of the Bible. At least with Gen X, most understand that we are speaking of a specific generation. Gen X stands for generation exodus; the generation of adults who left Egypt. Their children with them and the children born in the wilderness will be called the generation of promise.

Generation of Promise

These are the Israelites who will actually go into the Land of Promise and take it (which process is described in the first half of the book of Joshua). They were under the age of 20 at leaving Egypt in the exodus and some of them were born in the desert-wilderness, either as sons of Gen X-ers or as sons of the generation of promise.

Quite obviously, it would have been cooler to refer the second generation as GOP, but that designation may not have as easily contributed to your understanding of the 2nd generation.

Genealogy, cluster

A genealogy where the patriarch is named along with several of his sons and several of their sons. Generally, this is only for 3 or 4 generations.

Genealogy, linear

A linear genealogy (also called a straight-line genealogy) follows one particular line for 3 or 4 or more generations. Very rarely is more than one son named in any generation.

Genuine Humility

Genuine humility denotes the positive response to authority by the one under authority. Whereas in Enforced Humility we looked at humility from the standpoint of the one in authority, we now look at humility from the standpoint of the one under authority. If a person is properly oriented to authority, and has cultivated the habit of humility, his expression of humility will be genuine-not forced.

The Geographic will of God

This is simply stated as, where does God want me to be? The Geographic Will of God (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Gloss

A word or phrase added in by way of explanation by a later author (or copyist). I include in this those people who might relay this narrative verbally.

Gloss

A gloss is simply taking the name of a place in one era and identifying it with the same place under a new name in a later era, so that the reader knows where the area is. This would have been done by a later writer or copyist.

Gnosis versus epignosis

Gnosis is divine knowledge which has been taken in by the mind (the left lobe) and is considered. Epignosis is divine knowledge which has been believed, and is then transferred over into the right lobe of the soul (the heart). For further study, see gnosis and epignosis.

Grace

Grace is all that God has done to bring fallen and sinful man into a just, perfect, and eternal relationship with Himself, without compromising His divine attributes and totally apart from human merit and works.

Grace Orientation

Grace is all that God is free to do for mankind on the basis of the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Grace is undeserved mercy and unmerited favor from God to us. Grace is the title of God's plan and His policy for mankind. Orientation is defined as familiarization with a particular person, thing or field of knowledge. To orient means to set right by adjusting to facts or principles; to put oneself into correct position or relation or to acquaint oneself with the existing situation. Grace orientation, therefore, means to become familiar with God's grace plan and grace policies by adjusting to the facts and principles found in the Word of God, which puts you in correct relation to God and others. You will never be grace-oriented until you understand that your personal sins don't condemn you. Adam's original sin, which was imputed to you at birth, is what condemns you (spiritual death). This means that God's grace was operational when He imputed Adam's original sin to you, because condemnation must precede salvation. This is just another part of God's ingenious grace plan of salvation. The Doctrine of Grace Orientation (Bible Doctrine Resource).

Hapax Legomenon

An hapax legomenon [pronounced, HAP-aks li-GOM-uh-non, also, hey-PAKS] (plural: hapax legomena [pronounced: HAP-aks li-GOM-uh-nuh, and hey-PAKS]), is a word or phrase that appears only once in a manuscript, document, or particular area of literature.

Heart

In the original text of the Bible, the heart refers to the thinking of the soul. In the Bible, the word heart does not refer to emotions or to the physiological pump. However, some modern translations will translate some words heart that should not be so translated. The heart is also called the right lobe. Prov. 23:7 As a man thinks in his right lobe [heart], so he is. (Translation probably by R. B. Thieme, Jr.) Doctrine of the Heart (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Hendiadys

An hendiadys is the expression of an idea by the use of usually two independent words connected by and (as nice and warm) instead of the usual combination of independent word and its modifier (as nicely warm).

The History of God and Man

This would be the first 10 or 11 chapters of Genesis; and perhaps the book of Job. This would be the Bible that Abraham had access to. It may or may not have been in written form. The Jews who were slaves in Egypt also had a rudimentary understanding of their relationship to God, suggesting that they may be in possession of the books of Genesis and Job, to which I have given the title, The History of God and Man.

Human good

That which is done when out of fellowship, but is not sin. These acts are often in accordance with Satan’s strategy and plan, thought by some to be good. Giving your time or money to a global warming organization would be an example of human good. All human good will be burned at the Judgment Seat of Christ (1Cor. 3:11–15). (HTML) (PDF) (WPD)

Human Good

Human good is what does not move the plan of God forward. This is anything done in the power of the flesh. This means that (1) a person is not in fellowship or (2) they are not thinking Bible doctrine. It is possible for the exact same act to be divine good on one day and human good on the next (such as, tossing a $20 bill into the offering basket when it comes around). (HTML) (PDF) (WPD)

Human Good

This is what is produced by the area of strength in the sin nature. Human good might be deficit neutral (e.g., giving money to your church when out of fellowship) or create a deficit in the life of an unbeliever (e.g., an unbeliever who spends his life fighting for social and economic justice). (HTML) (PDF) (WPD)

Human Good

Acts which society may see as being good, but things which have no eternal value. For instance, a person may want to give one of Al Gore’s carbon credit companies money to pay for “carbon usage,” and then Al sends out one of his minions to go plant a tree. There are people who would praise this as a great act of self sacrifice, but it means nothing to God. (HTML) (PDF) (WPD)

Human Viewpoint

Man’s thinking apart from Bible doctrine. The Doctrine of Human Viewpoint Thinking (Bible Doctrine Resource); Human Viewpoint versus Divine Viewpoint (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Hyperbole

A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect, as in I could sleep for a year or This book weighs a ton.

Hypostatic Union

In the person of Jesus Christ since His physical birth [incarnation], there are two natures, undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever. These two natures—human and divine—remain distinct and are inseparably united without mixture or loss of identity, without loss or transfer of attributes. This means that the Lord Jesus Christ is just as much God as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit and at the same time He is also just as much human as you and I. He is undiminished deity and true humanity in one person forever. This union is known as the hypostatic union.


The two natures of Christ maintain their complete identity while being joined in personal union forever. The characteristics of His human nature belong to the human part of Him; the characteristics of His divine nature belong to the God part of Him. Each nature has its own attributes that adhere to that nature. In other words, there is no mixture of the two natures. He is never half-God and half-man or half-man and half-God..

I.C.E. Teaching, the Principles of

The "I" in "ICE" stands for Isagogics: the historical background of the Bible. Isagogics recognizes the basic principle of interpretation: the Bible must be interpreted within the framework of its own historical setting. A pastor-teacher must be a detective in order to reconstruct the life, the customs and the idioms of the times during which the Bible was written as they relate to the Word and the usage of the Word. In the ancient world, the meaning of a word was determined by its usage; today it is also determined by etymology (the study of words), present day literature, etc. Isagogics helps bridge the historical and cultural gaps by teaching a little more detail about the customs and culture of the people and of the periods of times the passage was written in. It takes us back into history and gives us a more vivid realization of what others experienced when they had learned and applied Bible doctrine.


The "C" in "ICE" stands for Categorical teaching: the organization of principles of doctrine based on the comparison of Scripture with Scripture to determine doctrinal classification. A Biblical subject may be taught in a number of passages throughout the Old and New Testaments, and these subjects or concepts are pulled together for the student's consideration by the pastor-teacher. Each one will increase the meaning of the others. Tracing a subject through Scripture in order to compile information about that subject is categorical teaching.


The "E" in "ICE" stands for Exegesis: the analysis of each verse within its context, emphasizing grammar, syntax and etymology (study) of words from the original languages (Hebrew, Chaldean, Aramaic and Koine Greek). Exegesis is absolutely essential in order to determine exactly what concept the writer was trying to convey and what he actually communicated through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Every passage must have an exegetical approach, not simply to the verse itself, but also to the other verses in the context. Often a verse will seem to have one interpretation; but when it is taken within the framework of its context, it means something quite different.


From Bible Doctrine Resources.

Iconoclastic Arrogance

Iconoclastic arrogance is idolizing a person, which person is then mentally destroyed by the admirer's own disillusionment because a flaw in that person is discovered.

Iconoclastic arrogance

This is also known as the feet of clay syndrome. One person builds up this great, unrealistic image of a second person, often out of arrogance. This often happens in love, where one person or the other is unable to really see or understand the sin nature of the one they love. Suddenly, the person who built up this image sees the feet of clay in the other person, and they are angry and they, in arrogance, smash this image.

Impersonal Love

Loving others on the basis of your own character and not on the basis of their failings and shortcomings. This is called agape love in the Bible. See Bible Doctrine Resource; BDR #2; L.G. Merritt; and Grace Bible Church.

Inspiration, Biblical

Biblical inspiration may be defined as human authors wrote as moved by the Holy Spirit, so that, without waving their human intelligence, their vocabulary, their personal feelings, their literary style, their personality, their environmental influences or their individuality, they recorded God’s complete and connected message to man with perfect accuracy in the original languages of Scripture, the very words bearing the authority of divine authorship. The is known as the verbal, plenary view of inspiration. See the Basic Doctrine of Inspiration (HTML) (PDF) (WPD); the Doctrine of Inspiration (HTML) (PDF) (WPD); and the Study of Inspiration (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Inspiration of the Bible

God the Holy Spirit so supernaturally directed the human writers of Scripture, that, without waving their human intelligence, individuality, literary style, personal feelings or any other human factor, His own complete and coherent message to man was recorded in perfect accuracy in the original languages of Scripture, the very words bearing the authority of divine authorship. The literary style of the human author would include a variety of literary devices and figures of speech. Furthermore, there is nothing in the definition of inspiration which precludes the human authors or even God the Holy Spirit from making use of literary devices. See the Basic Doctrine of Inspiration (HTML) (PDF) (WPD); the Doctrine of Inspiration (HTML) (PDF) (WPD); and the Study of Inspiration (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Installment discipline

The sins committed require extensive discipline. Instead of delivering the discipline all at once, God delivers the discipline in several parts (installments).

Installment retribution; installment discipline

Our sins and often our addictions can be so great, that God cannot simply discipline us and we start from zero again. God has to, on several occasions subsequent to confessing our sins to God, make us face the results of our sins, to the point where we choose God over our addiction. This is how David was cured from his sexual addiction.

Installment Discipline

Because of the quality of David’s soul, God will only be able to turn him around by putting David under great pressure 4 times, each of which relates back to his sins of 2Sam. 11. This will be covered in greater detail under David’s Soul and the Harsh Discipline of God (this represents an update from R. B. Thieme, Jr.’s 1980's era Doctrine of Installment Discipline).

Intensive Discipline

When you have sinned, and God begins to discipline you, you go through 3 stages: (1) warning discipline (God lets you know that you have sinned and you need to get back into fellowship); (2) intensive discipline (God increases or intensifies the discipline to a point where, it really, really hurts); (3) the sin unto death (God begins the process of removing you from this world because you refuse to rebound).

Intercalation

The 1st and 2nd advents of Jesus Christ was taught as one whole event in the Bible. However, intercalated between these two events is the Church Age. See the Doctrine of Intercalation (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Interlocking Systems of Arrogance

The interlocking systems of arrogance refers to many clusters of sins which have a tendency to interlock with one another. That is, a believer who goes into interlocking systems of arrogance through one gate (or entrance), is likely to interlock with another cluster of sins if he remains out of fellowship. We have simple examples of this in life. A person might begin to smoke marijuana, which is illegal. Some time later, he may take other drugs (this is why marijuana is often called a gateway drug). He may also become involved in anti-authority actions, extreme liberal philosophy and politics, and break more and greater laws. He may involve himself with a woman with the same weaknesses, and they become involved in sexual arrogance together (his norms and standards being wiped out by his changing mores). He enters in the gate of smoking marijuana which makes him vulnerable to a number of other clusters of sins. This is also known as the arrogance complex. See the full doctrine here (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Interlocking Systems of Arrogance

The interlocking systems of arrogance refers to many clusters of sins which have a tendency to interlock with one another. That is, a believer who goes into interlocking systems of arrogance through one gate (or entrance), is likely to interlock with another cluster of sins if he remains out of fellowship. This is also known as the arrogance complex. See the full doctrine here (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Interlocking Systems of Arrogance

Also known as the arrogance complex. The interlocking systems of arrogance refers to many clusters of sins which have a tendency to interlock with one another. Entering into this complex is more than carnality and it is different from reversionism. See the full doctrine here (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Invisible Heroes

Believers who execute the plan of God. They preserve the city, state and nation in which they live.

JEPD Theory (also known as Documentary Hypothesis)

Documentary Hypothesis simply asserts that the Pentateuch was not authored by Moses but written 1000 years after Moses by several authors who wrote portions here and there and then other men have performed extensive revisions, colating and editing after them. See Documentary Hypothesis (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

JEPD Theory

The JEPD theory is also called Documentary Hypothesis and Form Criticism. This is the theory that there were originally two manuscripts which were interwoven to make the Law of Moses. The writer of one manuscript favored the name Jehovah and the other favored the name Elohim. A priest later took these two manuscripts and wove them together, throwing in a lot of pro-priest stuff. Another writer came along later and wrote Deuteronomy. The basis of this theory is, historians did not believe that writing existed during the time of Moses. So, if writing did not exist, then Moses could not have written the Law. If Moses did not write it, then someone else wrote it. After that, they went bonkers with this theory. Even though archeologists have discovered writing which predates Moses, this theory persists in hundreds of seminaries throughout the world. The Satanic purpose of this theory is to question whether Moses wrote the Torah (Moses’ authorship is attested to in both the Old and New Testaments; and by Jesus). If Moses did not write the Torah, then the Bible is filled with inaccuracies, meaning it cannot be the Word of God. Josh McDowell deals with this theory in great detail in his book, More Evidence Which Demands a Verdict revised and reprinted in The New Evidence that Demands a Verdict. See Documentary Hypothesis (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Jews

Genetically, those with the genes of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Religiously, those who follow the faith of Abraham (and today, those who follow a distorted version of the faith of Moses). See Jews, Gentiles and Christians; Jewish Civilization; The Jewish Religious Systems; The Jews and Hellenism; Jews and Judaism; and Jews and Gentiles in Bible Times.

The Jewish Age

The period of time which includes the patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac and Jacob); the nation Israel; and the Tribulation (which takes place at the end of the Church Age).

Judgment Seat of Christ

At the end of the Tribulation, believers will be gathered together and God will test their production with fire. Their human good and evil will be burned; the divine good which they create will remain.

Justice of God

The righteousness of God is the principle of God’s integrity; and the justice of God is the application or the function of God’s integrity. Our point of contact with God is not His love but His justice. We are justified before Him. We initially adjust to His justice by believing in Jesus Christ.

Justification

Justification represents that aspect of salvation whereby God qualifies man to have eternal life based on the imputation of God's absolute righteousness based upon faith in Jesus Christ.

Kenosis

Jesus voluntarily restricted the use of His Deity when it was not a part of God the Father’s plan.

Kenosis

During the dispensation of the hypostatic union, the doctrine of kenosis tells us that our Lord Jesus Christ voluntarily restricted the independent use of His divine attributes in compliance with the Father's plan for the Incarnation and the First Advent. This means that Jesus Christ did not use the attributes of His divine nature to benefit Himself, to provide for Himself, to glorify Himself, or to act independently of the plan of God for the Church-age by any compromise of the spiritual life.

Laws of divine establishment

These are laws will protect and prosper a nation. Hypothetically speaking, even a nation without Christians could follow the laws of divine establishment (although this would not occur in practice). The five divine institutions (the volition and function of the individual human soul, work, marriage, family and nation) are recognized and protected and there is a system of just laws and equitable enforcement of same. The result is law and order, freedom and prosperity. There is no freedom apart from law and order.


The laws of divine establishment should also protect Christian activity, e.g. churches, evangelism, missionary activity, and Christian scholarship). Protection within the nation is provided by law, a police force and the courts; protection from without is provided by a well-trained military force. See the Laws of Divine Establishment (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Laws of Divine Establishment

Since the world appears to be made up of mostly unbelievers, God must have some kind of plan for the unbelievers while they are alive. These are called the laws of divine establishment, and they are applicable to both believers and unbelievers. These are the laws which protect the freedom of a nation, and allow for evangelism and for the teaching of the Word of God. See the Laws of Divine Establishment (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Laws of Divine Establishment

These are laws which are devised by God for the human race (for believers and unbelievers alike). The more aligned a country is with these laws, the greater freedom and prosperity that country will enjoy. Furthermore, there will be greater evangelism and Bible teaching which takes place. The further a country strays from these law results in greater tyranny and unhappiness among its population. See the Laws of Divine Establishment (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Laws of Divine Establishment

These are the laws, principles and morality which God has designed to perpetuate every society or government in such a way that freedom to evangelize, freedom to teach doctrine and the freedom to send out missionaries are maximized. See the Laws of Divine Establishment (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Laws of Divine Establishment

These are the laws by which all men ought to be governed. Much of the Mosaic Law is divine establishment law (given their cultural context). See the Laws of Divine Establishment (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Laws of Divine Establishment

These are natural laws (meaning that, they come from God) which apply to people and nations, which cause a nation to be preserved and a people to be perpetuated. These laws are designed for believers and unbelievers alike. See the Laws of Divine Establishment (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Laws of Divine Establishment

The laws of divine establishment are a system of laws and principles which provide for the preservation as well as for the prosperity of the human race. These laws apply to both believer and unbeliever alike. See the Laws of Divine Establishment (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Line of Promise, The

This is the genealogical line which extends from Abraham down to our Lord Jesus Christ. It is called the line of promise because God, on many occasions, gave promises concerning this line and about the Lord.

Linear Genealogy

A linear genealogy (also called a straight-line genealogy) follows one particular line for 4 or 5 or more generations. Very rarely is more than one son named in any generation.

Logistical Grace

Logistical grace is defined as what God has planned for us, the Divine support he gives us, His Divine provision, and his Divine blessing. The result is, we as believers in Jesus Christ are able to execute the plan of God just as logistical support on the battlefield allows an army to defeat the enemy. God does not give us logistical grace because we are nice people or really good Christians; God gives us logistical support because we are believers and He gives this to us for a purpose.


Logistical grace is Life support is provided for every Church Age believer. This explains how and why we are alive at any given moment. The only reason we are alive is because of logistical grace. We do not earn it nor do we deserve it. There is no set of spiritual works which we can accomplish to keep ourselves alive. For all intents and purposes, this is food, shelter and clothing. The principle was explained by Jesus in Matt. 6:25-33. (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Logistical Grace

Logistical grace is the divine planning, divine support, divine provision and divine blessing which are designed by God to keep the believer alive so that we can properly execute or fulfill God's plan. (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Logistics, military

Logistics is the science of the movement, supplying, and maintenance of military forces in the field.

Loser-believers

These are believers who never advance in the spiritual life.

Mosaic Law

These are the laws of God given to Moses for nation Israel. Moses, near the end of his life, supplemented these laws with an additional group of laws in the book of Deuteronomy. For more details, see Bible Doctrine Resource; Grace Notes.

Massorah

The massorah is a varying number of lines of smaller writing, distributed between the upper and lower margins of the Biblical text. It contains information necessary to those who trust the Sacred Text was committed, so that they might transcribe it, and hand it down correctly.

Masoretic text

The Hebrew text of the Old Testament, passed down for many hundreds of years.

Maladjustment to the Justice of God

In life, there are two adjustments to the justice of God. As unbelievers, we hear the gospel and believer—that is salvation adjustment to the justice of God. As believers, we hear Bible doctrine taught correctly, and we believe it; that is growth or maturity adjustment to the justice of God. However, the unbeliever who hears the gospel and rejects it is maladjusted to the justice of God, and will spend eternity under the judgment of the justice of God. The believer who rejects the teaching of Bible doctrine will spend his entire life maladjusted to the justice of God, which will include a great deal of discipline. See the Doctrine of Adjustment to the Justice of God.

Maturity Adjustment to the Justice of God

This simply means that we mature as believers as our lives continue. The emphasis here is upon the standards of God, which we learn to adhere to as we mature. The believer is mandated to advance spiritually in this life, which means he becomes more and more aligned with the thinking of God, and therefore, more adjusted to the justice of God. See the Doctrine of Adjustment to the Justice of God.

Metabolized doctrine

Metabolized doctrine is Bible doctrine (or divine truth) that is understood and believed. It is a necessary building block of spiritual growth. Academic knowledge of things Biblical is not enough. Doctrine must be believed. See the Doctrine of Grace Apparatus for Perception (HTML) (PDF) (WPD). See also the Metabolization of Bible Doctrine.

Metabolizing Bible doctrine

Metabolizing Bible doctrine is the process by which Bible doctrine (or divine truth) is understood and believed. It is a necessary building block of spiritual growth. Academic knowledge of things Biblical is not enough. Doctrine must be believed. See the Doctrine of Grace Apparatus for Perception (HTML) (PDF) (WPD). See also the Metabolization of Bible Doctrine.

Metonym

A metonym is where one word stands in for another word (or for several words). The headline which reads: California Elects Jerry Brown actually means the voters of California elect Jerry Brown.

Millennium

The Millennium is the dispensation of the 1000 year reign of Christ over the earth, following the Great Tribulation, where all unbelievers will be removed from the earth (which is known as the Baptism of Fire). See the Doctrine of the Millennium.

Momentum testing

Momentum testing represents a variety of different tests (people testing, system testing, disaster testing, thought testing) which result, ideally, in accelerated spiritual growth.

Morality

Morality is the protocol for human behavior which applies to all mankind. Morality preserves nations, states and cities. Morality is not the Christian way of life, although the Christian is sinning when he is immoral. (HTML) (PDF) (WPD)

Negative Volition Arrogance

Negative volition is resistance to Bible doctrine on the one hand, or indifference to Bible doctrine on the other hand, based on arrogant preoccupation with self. Arrogance preoccupation with self has many aspects, such as a personality conflict with the teacher of doctrine, or self-pity in interaction with people in the congregation. In this state, you are not antagonistic to doctrine, but simply distracted from it by your own status quo of arrogance. For the believer, this is the most damaging arrogance of then all.

Occupation with the Person of Jesus Christ

Occupation with Christ is a mental attitude by which a Christian believer views all things in life with the Lord Jesus Christ in mind. Occupation with Christ is love for the Son, the 2nd Person of the Trinity, therefore it is the expression of love for God. The Bible commands us to love God, with all our heart, soul and mind. Being occupied with Christ is a great part of our love for God. Therefore, this concept is one of the most important spiritual functions in the Christian life. See (Bible Doctrine Resource 1) (Bible Doctrine Resources 2) (Grace notes) (Grace Bible Church).

Organizational Humility

Organizational humility focuses on the social structure inside which humility is fostered and developed. All human societies have social structures. No matter how different the cultures are, they are all divided into social structures that exist on different levels.

Paronomasia

A paronomasia is where similar sounding words are synonymous, antithetical or of varied significance. This is a figure of speech only occasionally found in the Bible.

Personal Love

This is loving a person (or an object) because of their attractiveness to you. Obviously, God is always deserving of our personal love, and people gain our personal love from time to time.

Personal Love for God

This is the point at which, you understand God well enough to have personal love for Him. As we move from spiritual childhood to spiritual adulthood, we realize more and more of what God the Father has done for us and with that knowledge we love Him more and more every day. Therefore, having a personal love for God is based on your understanding and assurance of the common questions you found answers to as a growing believer. Personal Love for God (Bible Doctrine Resource) (Grace Fellowship Church).

Personal Sense of Destiny

A person so in tune with the will of God (by means of knowledge of doctrine), that they understand their reason for being alive and they execute the plan of God almost as if God were whispering into their ear what to do (God does not whisper into anyone’s ears today). This doctrine can be found at Grace Bible Church, Wenstrom , Grace and Truth Bible Ministries and Robt McLaughlin.

Personal Sense of Destiny

Every believer, as a member of the body of Christ and the Royal family of God, has a destiny. This starts at the moment of belief, at the moment of salvation. The believer may or may not recognize this.

Phase II

Phase I is salvation; phase II is the believer’s life in time, and phase III is eternity (all believers spend eternity with God).

Pivot

Those people in a national entity who are growing spiritually or who have entered into spiritual maturity.

Pivot

A pivot it is the accumulation of mature believers living in a client nation or under civil government in a specific geographical location. While a pivot is composed primarily of mature believers, it may also include those positive believers whose momentum has carried them into spiritual adulthood.

Pivot

In nearly any nation, there will be believers and there will be mature believers (which is called a pivot. If these groups are large enough, a nation will be preserved and, in most cases, greatly prospered. If the pivot is small, or if there are very few mature believers in this pivot, then that nation will go down. The concept of a pivot of believers preserving a nation is found in Gen. 18:22–33 Matt. 5:13. For more information, see Bible Doctrine Resource or R. B. Thieme, Jr. (these appear to be identical).

Pivot

Believers with doctrine influence a society. A good example of this is the Roman Empire, which began as being very opposed to Christianity, but which became strongly influenced by Christianity. As the Christian Tertullian observed: "We are but of yesterday, yet we fill your cities, islands, forts, towns, councils, even camps, tribes, decuries, the palace, the senate, the forum; we have left you the temples alone." This was accomplished without an armed insurrection against Rome.


The norms and standards of believers in Jesus Christ began to filter into the society. Abraham and his people represented a positive influence on the surrounding areas; Lot and his family had almost no influence whatsoever.

Pivot

These are the mature and maturing believers in a geographical or corporate entity. The way that the pivot goes determines the way that the nation goes with respect to its freedom and prosperity.

Portfolio of Invisible Assets

Also known as a portfolio of spiritual assets. These are the spiritual assets that we receive as a believer in Jesus Christ. We gain greater access to these benefits as we grow spiritually. For further examination: Wenstrom; Rickard; Prep School.

Positional Truth

Things which are true of us positionally at the point of salvation. Such as, we are in Christ; because of this, we share His eternal life, His destiny, His righteousness. We may not act very righteous, but his righteousness is imputed to us as a part of positional truth.

Priest nation

A nation which represents God to the world.

Priest Nation

A nation which represents God on earth. The United States is such a nation today, although there are attempts at all levels to stop this.

Priest nation

A priest nation is a nation through whom God works. The Word of God will be preserved in a priest nation (and even written in a priest nation); and evangelization will occur both within that priest nation, and men will be sent out to evangelize (like Jonah).

Progressive Revelation

Progressive revelation simply means that God reveals Himself progressively. As we read about God and His decree in the Bible, it is not revealed to us all at once. Although we find suggestions of the Trinity in Gen. 1, it is not until the New Testament that the concept of the Trinity is revealed well enough to more fully comprehend it. God’s grace and judgment, and what He would do about sin, is first mentioned in Gen. 3; further elaborated on when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his firstborn (by Sarah); and fulfilled by the incarnation of Jesus Christ. See the Doctrine of Progressive Revelation (HTML) (PDF) (WPD)

Progressive Revelation

Progressive revelation means that, each additional truth builds upon, expands, and better explains that which was already taught. New revelation does not supersede, contradict, replace or nullify previous revelation, but builds upon that which is past and upon that which is foundational. Progressive revelation is exclusively found in the Bible. See the Doctrine of Progressive Revelation (HTML) (PDF) (WPD)

Propitiation

Propitiation means satisfaction or appeasement, specifically towards God. Propitiation is the work of Jesus Christ on the cross by which He appeases the wrath of God who would otherwise be offended by our sin and demand that we pay the penalty for it. The concept of propitiation is often associated with the idea of a substitutionary atonement.

Protocol Plan of God

God's protocol plan is a rigid, long-established code and procedure, prescribing complete deference to superior rank and authority, followed by strict adherence to due order and precedence, coupled with precisely correct procedure. (PPG–BDresource) (PPG1–BDresource) (PPG–He Ekklesia)

Psychopathic arrogance

Psychopathic arrogance is total divorcement from all reality. It is a result of bad decisions, not genetics. It is intense concentration on self. Emotions take precedence over reason.

Rational Arrogance

1.        Rational arrogance is the vanity of intellectual arrogance, or the elitism of the genius I.Q. Elitism might be defined for this study as that arrogant consciousness of pride in belonging to a select or favorite group of people. People with a high I.Q. have a tendency to look down their noses at those who are less fortunate.

2.        Rational arrogance is the vanity of giving precedence to human I.Q. and intellectual attainment over spiritual I.Q. and momentum from doctrine. The human viewpoint of life rejects or sets aside divine viewpoint.

3.        Rational arrogance generally afflicts those believers in Jesus Christ whose superior I.Q. or educational background gives them a false sense of elitism or

4.        All too often, intellectual arrogance compromises Bible doctrine by attempting to reconcile those things found in the Word of God with philosophical and scientific speculation.

5.        Because rational or intellectual arrogance is so anthropocentric, it has a tendency to accept as fact theories and philosophical speculations in the field of rationalism and empiricism, and make them a part of Christian doctrine.

6.        This doctrine is found at the Free Republic Website as gate #9.

Rationale

The plan of God rationale, the rebound rationale

This is where you gather a few doctrines which give you confidence in God, God’s plan, and what is gong on around you. Because these rationales are in your soul, you are able to withstand certain pressures. For instance, the plan of God rationale means, all that is in your life is a part of the plan of God. Now, obviously, when you sin, you take yourself out of God’s will, and that is a separate consideration; but when you are filled with the Spirit and advancing spiritually each day through the intake of Bible doctrine, then you are able to evaluate difficulties in your life as being a part of the plan of God. Since these things are a part of the plan of God, then God has given you the wherewithal to endure these difficulties.


The rebound rationale means that, no matter what sin you have committed, you name that sin to God, and you are completely and totally forgiven in time for committing that sin. Therefore, you re-enter the plan of God. Because of the rebound rationale, you do not go back to past sins from 5 or 10 years ago and lament these great sins.

Rebound (Restoration to fellowship with God)

In the New Testament, this is naming your sins to God, so that you are both restored to temporal fellowship with God and are then filled with the Spirit of God. In the Old Testament, naming your sins to God would result in a restoration of fellowship and, in some cases, the empowerment of the Holy Spirit once again (the Holy Spirit was not given to all Old Testament believers). See the Doctrine of Rebound (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Rebound

You get out of fellowship by sinning. You get back into fellowship by naming your known sins to God. God then forgives you for the sins which you named and any other sins which you also committed (1John 1:9). This process is known as rebound. See the Doctrine of Rebound (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Rebound

The act of naming one’s sins to God. You get out of fellowship by sinning; you get back into fellowship by naming those sins (privately) to God. See the Doctrine of Rebound (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Rebound technique

Temporal restoration to fellowship with God by naming your sins to Him. See the Doctrine of Rebound (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Redemption

Redemption is the saving work of Christ whereby He purchased our freedom from the slave market of sin by means of His death on the cross.

Redemption

Redemption is the purchase of something. In the Bible, this generally refers to Jesus purchasing us with His blood (i.e., by means of His spiritual death on the cross).

Redemption

Jesus Christ, by His blood on the cross, has purchased us.

Religion

Strictly speaking, religion is man earning God’s approbation through man’s efforts, works and/or piety. This is the basis of all religions. Christianity is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are saved because we stand upon the merit of Jesus Christ; not because of any good thing in us. See the Doctrine of Religion (Bible Doctrine Resource) (Philip. 1:21) (Chart from Middletown Bible Church) (Christian Ministries International).

Restorative Discipline

When a believer gives into the lusts of his soul continually, this can change that believer’s soul. Often the result is addictive behavior where a pleasurable addiction takes over the soul. God’s harsh discipline first guides such a believer to restoration to fellowship and then it continues as blessing to cure that addiction.

The Revealed God (or, the Revealed Lord)

We all come to a time of God-consciousness where we understand the concept and possibility of the existence of God. At that point, we face 2 great questions: (1) do we want to know this God and (2) are will willing to believe in God as He has revealed Himself or do we make a god in our own image and worship that? In both the Old and New Testaments, God will make Himself known (He reveals Himself) to those who will believe in Him and to others as well. We know Him firmly and concretely as Jesus Christ; and in the Old Testament, He is known as the God of the Jews, the Creator of the Universe, the God of Moses (or of Abraham), etc.

The Revealed God (or, the Revealed Lord)

We do not look within ourselves or do we build up some concept of God based upon our own experiences, but we first understand God as He has revealed Himself. Throughout the lives of the saints who have gone before us, God revealed Himself through the written Word and sometimes through direct contact. Once a foundation is laid, then we can see how God is understood through various experiences in our lives.


We do not look within to find God and we do not go out and search for God. He will reveal Himself to us. Those who look to other gods are simply worshiping that which others have defined as God; or, in many cases, they incorporate their own norms and standards into their belief of the God they choose to believe in. Essentially, such a person is making God in his own image.

Reverse Process Reversionism

Reverse Process Reversionism is the final stage of reversionism where everything that is worthwhile and valuable in life is rejected; everything that is useless and nonsense is accepted. Prolonged residence in the cosmic system causes a complete reversal of all mandates, all priorities, and all norms and standards related to the plan of God. Christian degeneracy reaches its peak in reverse process reversionism. The believer in reverse process reversionism cannot be distinguished in any way from an unbeliever, though he cannot lose his salvation. In reverse process reversionism, degeneracy is defined as decline from the normal standards of the plan of God. Therefore, the believer retrogresses into below normal stages of reversionism, and totally reverts from the divine standards found in the Word of God.

Reversionism

Getting out of fellowship through sinning, and then remaining out of fellowship for a long time. Often, such a believer reverts to his behavior as an unbeliever. This is called reversionism. This is going further than simple carnality, which is being out of fellowship.

Reversionism

Spiritual decline brought about by rejection of Bible doctrine. This is a reverting to one’s sin pattern before salvation. Sometimes, one develops a sin pattern after being saved.

Reversion

Either a believer who reverts back to his unbelieving ways; or an unbeliever who, when faced with establishment thinking, returns to ideas he may have rejected in the past (like a dog returning to his vomit).

Reversionism

A state of being or a set of actions where a believer reverts back to a former state, habit, belief, or practice of sinning. Reversionism is the status of the believer who fails to execute the plan of God for the Church Age. He returns to his pre-salvation modus operandi and modus vivendi. Reversionism can also refer to the unbeliever who once embraced the laws of divine establishment and now rejects it. This doctrine is covered at the Grace Bible Church website; at Angel Fire.com; at He-Ekklesia under the 8 Stages of Reversionism; and at the Lake Erie Bible Church website.

Reversionism, reversionistic

The believer reverts back to his sinful habits as an unbeliever with great regularity. Reversionism can also refer to the unbeliever who once embraced the laws of divine establishment and now rejects it.

Reversionist

A believer who has reverted back to his unbelieving ways.

Right Lobe

This is the thinking part of the soul; called the heart in the Bible. See the Doctrine of the Heart (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Right man/right woman (RM/RW)

The concept that God has provided for almost all people out there the perfect partner (of the opposite gender, of course). This relationship is the basis for much of our enjoyment of life, for believers and unbelievers alike. (Doctrine of RM/RW) (Doctrine of Marriage)

Righteousness; Experiential Righteousness

Righteousness is having the perfect character of God. In time, the believer has experiential righteousness through the filling of the Holy Spirit and the production of divine good. Ken Reed’s Doctrine of Righteousness (PDF) (Word). Righteousness (Bible Doctrine Resource).

Righteousness; Imputed Righteousness

Righteousness is having the perfect character of God. We obtain the righteousness of God through imputation. That is, when we believe in Jesus Christ, His righteousness is imputed to us, so that when God looks at us, He sees the righteousness of His Son. After salvation, experiential righteousness is potential but not guaranteed. Ken Reed’s Doctrine of Righteousness (PDF) (Word). Righteousness (Bible Doctrine Resource).

Righteousness; Relative Righteousness

This is the arbitrary view of a believer or unbeliever that his righteousness is better or worse than the righteousness of someone else. Often, a person who sees himself as being more righteous than someone else has more refined sins or fewer overt sins. Ken Reed’s Doctrine of Righteousness (PDF) (Word). Righteousness (Bible Doctrine Resource).

Royal priesthood

All believers are members of the family of God. Because Jesus Christ is royalty (descended from David), we are also royalty.


The function of the priest in the Old Testament was to represent man before God. In the New Testament, we have direct access to God. We pray directly to God; we confess our sins directly to God. We do not need a priest between us and God because we are in Christ, our High Priest. See Stan Simonton or Rev. P. G. Matthew, who gives an historical perspective on how this doctrine was confused by the Catholic Church.

Salvation Adjustment to the Justice of God

As human beings, we are sinners and therefore rejected by the justice of God. However, if we believe in Jesus Christ, Who took upon Himself our sins, we have His justice imputed to us and stand blameless before God. That is salvation adjustment to the justice of God. See the Doctrine of Adjustment to the Justice of God.

Sanctification

Sanctification is a technical theological term for the status quo of the royal family of God in three phases of the plan of God. The term means to be set apart to God for a special purpose. We, the royal family of God, are set apart to God in three ways (at salvation, in our lives, and in the eternal state).

Scar tissue

Scar tissue is what develops on the soul as a result of negative volition toward God and/or Bible Doctrine. The heart becomes hardened toward God. Tyree uses the term soul cauterization. See Bible Doctrine Resource for more information.

Scar Tissue on the Soul

Scar tissue of the soul is also called hardness of the heart, the uncircumcised heart, and stubbornness of heart. It is a divine judgment of the soul that restricts capacity for life and love. Unlike divine discipline that produces temporary suffering with no lasting side effects, scar tissue of the soul leaves a debilitating loss of capacity for life or love. However, since it is part of the soul's immaterial essence like emotion, it has no known physical properties. However, it does restrict the capacity of the soul. It blocks Spiritual light, which leads to affinity to the Cosmic System as well as soulish and physical ailments. Psychosis and psychopathic personality are examples of scar tissue of the soul. Although behavior can be altered by psychotherapy and psychiatric drugs, the only cure for such problems is the divine solution, which requires Rebound and application of Bible Doctrine. See Bible Doctrine Resource for more information.

Septuagint

A Greek translation made of the Old Testament somewhere between 300–100 b.c.

Sexual Arrogance

Sexual arrogance is preoccupation with sex and self-gratification. It is preoccupation with the body to the exclusion of the soul. This is the point at which sexual gratification becomes an addiction.

Sexual arrogance; sexual addiction

This is the point where sexual desire overrides all else in a person’s psyche. It overrides reason, compassion, protocol. Just as the drug addict might be willing to do nearly anything for a fix; so the sexually addicted will be willing to do and even risk anything in order to fulfill their lusts. For the sexual addict, the object of his sexual lust is simply an object; his sexual lust does not indicate any sort of love is involved; not even like.

Sharing the Happiness of God

As we grow spiritually, our mental attitude improves, and our ability to be content and to appreciate what God has done for us improves. At some point, we share God’s happiness (meaning, that this contentment and appreciation is consistent). Sharing the Happiness of God (Bible Doctrine Resource 1) (Bible Doctrine Resource 2).

Shock troops

Shock troops are a group of soldiers trained specially for carrying out a sudden assault.

Sin Nature Weakness Arrogance

Every believer has a weakness (or, weaknesses) in his (or her) sin nature. When this is placed above Bible doctrine, that is arrogance.

Sin unto Death

The phrase "sin unto death" describes the final stage of divine discipline in which God removes from the earth the person who is totally alienated from God. The "sin unto death" is not a particular sin; but it is, rather, a mental attitude of total indifference to and rebellion against the will and purpose of God. For more information, see the Doctrine of the Sin unto Death (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Sin unto death

When a believer stays out of fellowship for an extended period of time and consistently acts against the plan of God, God may remove him from this life painfully using discipline that will result in his death. For more information, see the Doctrine of the Sin unto Death (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Sin unto Death

When a believer continues to sin without rebound and without responding to warning discipline, God will often remove that believer from this life with the sin unto death. This is not a particular sin, but usually a series of sins, which may includes acts of human good and evil. For more information, see the Doctrine of the Sin unto Death (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Sin unto Death

This is not a particular sin, but the point at which harsh discipline is no longer working on the believer, so God takes the believer out of this world in a very painful way. For more information, see the Doctrine of the Sin unto Death (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Slave Market of Sin

We illustrate the doctrine of redemption, is by picturing yourself being sold as a slave in a slave market. You are unable to purchase yourself, as you do not have the wherewithal to purchase yourself. A slave does not have the money to purchase himself (he lacks the coin of the realm, so to speak). Only someone who is not inside of this slave market (a non-slave) can purchase you. No fellow slave can look you over and say, "I'd like to purchase this one." This is because he is in the same boat that you are in. He cannot purchase himself and he certainly cannot purchase you. Jesus Christ does not have a sin nature and He has not committed any personal sins, so that He can purchase us from the slave market of sin.


This concept is actually based upon the real historical example, where God purchased the Israelites from Egypt, and brought them out of bondage.

Soteriology

The proper theological term for the study of salvation.

Spinoff

These are believers who get sucked into the cosmic system (which is the thinking of Satan as over against the thinking of God). A great modern example of this are the civil rights protestors of the 50's and 60's, many of whom began as strong, Bible-believing Christians, but ended up as political and social activists. They achieved their political ends and lost their spiritual impact.


A more up-to-date example would be those who have truly exercise faith in Jesus Christ, but then have gotten caught up in political or social action or attend a church which teaches liberation theology (or any other anti-Biblical organization).

Spiritual Atlas

Often, during a time of national crisis, God promotes one man who, for all intents and purposes, carries his nation on his shoulders. God protects and even prospers a nation based upon the spiritual Atlas of that day. We have historical examples of Israel under Moses, Joshua and David (among many others) and Rome under Paul. In the Church Age, there can be many people who function as spiritual Atlases in any given period of time.

Spiritual Life

The life that God expects for us to lead. An unbeliever cannot lead a spiritual life.

Stages of National Discipline (= Cycles of Discipline)

A national entity which is a client nation to God is under both God’s protection and His discipline (much like the individual believer). As a nation moves further and further from God, God may impose disciplinary measures on that nation, which include economic disaster, illness, civil unrest, military defeat, and even invasion which may include a slavery or dispersion of the people. These cycles are found in Lev. 26. Although these warnings are specifically designed for Israel, all client nations to God may face similar downward historical trends. The Five Cycles of Discipline (BDR—probably Thieme) (Mark Perkins) (L. G. Merritt). Also see the Doctrine of the Cycles of Discipline.

Stages of National Discipline

God set up a series of stages that He would go through to discipline the nation Israel, which stages are laid out in Lev. 26. These are called the cycles of discipline by R. B. Thieme, Jr. See the Doctrine of the Cycles of Discipline. Client nations experience similar discipline from God. The Five Cycles of Discipline (BDR—probably Thieme) (Mark Perkins) (L. G. Merritt).

The 4th Stage of National Discipline

This is when a nation is controlled and/or taxed by an outside entity. In the Bible, this is called paying tribute.

The 5th Stage of National Discipline

The fifth cycle of discipline involves complete loss of personal and national sovereignty, the destruction of the family and the nation. Offerings to God are unacceptable. Nations which have undergone this destruction have experienced slavery, cannibalism, and the assimilation of its surviving citizens into other cultures.

The 6th Stage of National Discipline

This is when a country and its people are completely destroyed. This is what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah. This was never an outcome that Israel had to worry about. God’s promises depend upon the continuation of the Jewish people. Genesis 19 (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Syncretism

Syncretism is an attempt to reconcile or unite different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion. When related to the Word of God, it is mixing evil, human viewpoint, and contemporary norms with Bible doctrine.

Synecdoche

A synecdoche [pronounced si-NEK-duh-kee] is a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part, the special for the general or the general for the special. If we read that David defeats the army of the Philistines, David is the part which represents the whole (that is, David’s army).

Syntheton

A syntheton [pronounced SYN-the-ton] is a figure of speech found in the Bible where two or more words are commonly combined, like rich and poor, meat the drink, young and old.

Supergrace; the Supergrace life

This is a term and doctrine, developed by R. B. Thieme, Jr., which indicates a stage of spiritual maturity that some believers attain. Essentially, this is our first stage of spiritual growth and it is based upon the words greater grace as found in James 4:6.

Supergrace believer

This is a term originated by R. B. Thieme, Jr. to indicate that a person is in spiritual maturity.

Supergrace status

A synonym for spiritual maturity. The idea is, God pours out grace and more grace upon the believer.

Suzerain-vassal treaty

The is a treaty or contract made between the sovereign ruler of a nation and the people in another location. Often, this contract would demand taxes or some form of remuneration, which brought them both protection from the sovereign and from other foreign powers. It would be the sovereign who proposed the details of the contract. See the Abrahamic Covenant (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

The Tabernacle

This was the original place of worship designed by God. It was constructed in the desert wilderness where the Jews lives before entering the Land of Promise; and it was the focal point of their worship up to the monarchy. The design of the Tabernacle, the furniture, and the way its furniture was arranged, all spoke of the first advent of Jesus Christ and His death on the cross. For instance, the Ark of God was made of wood overlain with gold, speaking of the Lord’s Deity and humanity. The Tabernacle represented the 1st Advent of the Lord, as it was moveable. The Temple (a permanent structure) represented the Lord in the Millennium as the King of Israel. See the Ark of God (HTML) (PDF) (WPD); and the Model of the Tabernacle (which represents Jesus Christ and the cross) (HTML) (PDF) (WPD); the Tabernacle (Redeeming Grace); Jesus—the Golden Lampstand (Grace Bible Church).

The Temple

The Temple is a permanent structure as the place of worship of the Revealed God, originally built by Solomon. Both Solomon and the Temple represent the Lord Jesus Christ and His reign in the Millennium. See the Temple, Description and Measurements (Grace Notes); Solomon’s Temple (Redeeming Grace); the Temple (Redeeming Grace).

Ten Problem Solving Devices

Every problem in life has a solution stated in the Word of God. As believers in Jesus Christ, we are given ten or more problem solving devices to deal with every exigency in life. There is no such thing as a problem in life that does not have a solution in the Word of God.


For the unbeliever, solutions are always related to establishment principles, for only in establishment principles can the unbeliever utilize virtue and make it a part of his life. Therefore, solutions for the unbeliever are limited because he has no eternal or temporal relationship with God. Ultimately then, problem solving is the monopoly of the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. This does not mean, however, that unbelievers cannot solve problems, but that unbelievers do not have answers to all their problems.


Consequently, the subject of problems and solutions is always directed toward the believer in Jesus Christ, and specifically toward the Church-age believer whose possession of the mystery doctrines of the Church-age, his very own portfolio of invisible assets, the unique availability of divine power, and the fantastic privileges related to being a member of the Royal Family of God, provide him with clearly defined problem-solving devices. In other words, beyond gnosis (knowledge) there is the most fantastic system of solving one's own problems from thinking with the mind of Christ. Accomplishing this requires us to put Bible doctrine first in our life. (Bible Doctrine Resources) (Pastor L.G. Merritt) (Hê Ekklêsia)

Ten Problem Solving Devices

These are:

1. Rebound

2. The Filling of the Holy Spirit

3. Faith-Rest

4. Grace Orientation

5. Doctrinal Orientation

6. A Personal Sense of Destiny

7. Personal Love for God the Father

8. Impersonal Unconditional Love for all Mankind

9. Contentment and Perfect Happiness with God

10. Occupation with the Lord Jesus Christ

 (Bible Doctrine Resources) (Pastor L.G. Merritt) (Hê Ekklêsia)

Tetragrammaton

The tetragrammaton is the Hebrew theonym יהוה, commonly transliterated into Latin letters as YHWH. The word comes from Greek Τετραγράμματον, which means, [consisting of] four letters. It is one of the names of God used in the Bible and is derived from the very common Hebrew verb that means to be, to exist, to cause to become, or to come to pass.

Textual criticism

The science of determining the most accurate reading for any given passage. Articles on textual criticism in the New Testament; An Introduction to New Testament Textual Criticism; Theopedia’s article on Biblical criticism; The Encyclopedia of New Testament Textual Criticism conceived by Rich Elliott; Old Testament Textual Criticism; and The Study of Textual Criticism.

Theophany

A Theophany is an appearance by God, the Revealed Lord, before the incarnation of Jesus. A “theophany”...refer [s] to either a visible or auditory manifestation of the Son of God before His incarnation in Bethlehem (Gen. 32:29-30; Ex. 3:2; 19:18-20; Josh. 5:13-15; Dan. 3:26). See the Theophanies of God for more information.

Three Stages of Spiritual Adulthood

Stage 1: Person believes in Jesus Christ and is born again. This is a spiritual baby. Stage 2: Spiritual childhood, where a believer learns basic doctrines and learns what it is that he did when he believed in Jesus Christ. Stage 3: Spiritual adulthood, where believers begin to understand divine viewpoint and to think like Jesus Christ. They understand their place in the world in the light of eternity. This is the stage at which the believer is most effective.

The True God

Yehowah Elohim, in the Old Testament; Jesus Christ in the New Testament. The God of Creation and the God of the Bible. Also called the Revealed Lord.

Type

A type is a preordained representation wherein certain persons, events, and institutions of the O.T. stand for corresponding persons, events, and institutions of the N.T. Types are pictures or object lessons by which God has taught His redemptive plan. They are a shadow of things to come, not the image of those things (Col. 2:17 Heb. 8:5 10:1). The Mosaic system, for example, was a kind of kindergarten in which God's people were trained in divine things and taught to look forward to the realities of things yet to come. See Typology (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Type

Persons and events often foreshadow future persons and events. The real person or event in the past is called a type; and that which follows it as an historical parallel is it antitype. See Typology (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Type

A type is a person, a thing or an act which looks forward to Jesus or to Jesus on the cross. For instance, Isaac’s birth was the type; our Lord’s birth was the antitype, which was the fulfillment of the type. See Typology (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Type, Antitype, Typical

A type is a preordained representation wherein certain persons, events, and institutions of the O.T. stand for corresponding persons, events, and institutions of the N.T. Types are pictures or object lessons by which God has taught His redemptive plan. They are a shadow of things to come, not the image of those things (Col. 2:17 Heb. 8:5 10:1). See the Doctrine of Typology (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Type and antitype

Most of the time, a type is an incident, a person, or a symbol of some sort in the Old Testament which generally represents Jesus Christ (the antitype) in the New. See Typology (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Ultra-supergrace

The believer who has reached the first stage of spiritual maturity (supergrace) and has moved forward from there.

Ultra Supergrace

That place in the angelic conflict where God places mature believers under maximum testing and pressure. This would include Job, Paul and Moses. 2Tim. 2:10 3:11-12.


Robert McLaughlin does not speak of the continual pressure aspect of this final stage of spiritual development. “Ultra-supergrace is the most advanced stage of spiritual maturity related to time, history, and the angelic conflict. Once the believer breaks the maturity barrier through the daily perception, metabolization, and application of bible doctrine, he moves into different spheres of spiritual maturity.”

Verbal plenary inspiration

God the Holy Spirit so supernaturally directed the human writers of Scripture, that, without waving their human intelligence, individuality, literary style, personal feelings or any other human factor, His own complete and coherent message to man was recorded in perfect accuracy in the original languages of Scripture, the very words bearing the authority of divine authorship. The literary style of the human author would include a variety of literary devices and figures of speech. Furthermore, there is nothing in the definition of inspiration which precludes the human authors or even God the Holy Spirit from making use of literary devices. See the Basic Doctrine of Inspiration (HTML) (PDF) (WPD); the Doctrine of Inspiration (HTML) (PDF) (WPD); and the Study of Inspiration (HTML) (PDF) (WPD).

Many of these terms were coined by R. B. Thieme Jr. during his 50+ year ministry at Berachah Church.

Some of these definitions are taken from

http://gracebiblechurchwichita.org/?page_id=1556

http://rickhughesministries.org/content/Biblical-Terms.pdf

http://www.gbible.org/index.php?proc=d4d

http://www.wordoftruthministries.org/terms-and-definitions/

http://www.realtime.net/~wdoud/topics.html

http://www.theopedia.com/