Under the care, protection, guardianship and instruction of your Helper, work out your own health and wholeness.
Ps 19:14 – Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer! (YLT)
The sayings of my mouth.
Expressions that expose what I perceive to be truth and wisdom.
The meditation of my heart.
To earnestly, deeply think and to murmur with tenderness, evoking a strong emotional response.
My soul is cast down. My soul is in turmoil within me. Why?
The oppression of my enemy [hating adversary]. (Ps 42)
Luke 2:34-35 – and Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, ‘Lo, this [one] is set for the falling and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign spoken against — (and also thine own soul shall a sword pass through) — that the reasonings of many hearts may be revealed.’ (YLT)
Set. To lie outstretched literally or figuratively. To place in a passive or horizontal posture; utterly prostrate.
Set. That the reasonings of many hearts may be revealed.
…work out your own health and wholeness.
How did Adam and Eve die the day that they acted contrary to the Lord God’s words and sought a knowledge that differed from what he desired for them? For they continued to “live” physically for years afterwards.
Hos 6:6-7 – For I [Lord God] desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings. But like Adam they transgressed the covenant; there they dealt faithlessly with me. (ESV)
That perversion of life, vanity, dead and yet appearing to be alive, has been passed on to every child born to human beings since. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Cor 15:22 ESV)
A vessel of wrath. The course of life driven by the inability to know God through a mind ruined by duplicity of self-interest.
A vessel of mercy. The course of life driven by the breath of the Almighty, knowing God himself and what God knows and desires, singularly devoted to him and his ways. Being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.
What is this perversion of life? Dead, yet appearing to be alive? Living under the illusion that we are alive and in control?
Rom 5:12-14 – You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in — first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses [in the law]. So death, this huge abyss separating us from God, dominated the landscape from Adam to Moses. Even those who didn’t sin precisely as Adam did by disobeying a specific command of God still had to experience this termination of life, this separation from God. But Adam, who got us into this, also points ahead to the One who will get us out of it. (MSG)
Perversion of life. Dead, yet appearing to be alive.
The course of life driven by knowing good and evil through a mind ruined by duplicity of self-interest.
Disturbed relations with God. Losing one’s inner self.
Ignorance of what God knows and desires.
Death. Huge abyss separating us from God. Losing connection with the breath of the Almighty.
Termination of interior life.
This is the vessel of wrath.
Adam and Eve wandered away from truth and life and love and connectedness. They wandered away from Grace, Love, Fellowship. They lost themselves. They lost their inner selves. They perished as a result. Dead, but outwardly appearing to be alive. Breathing, yet not knowing, not understanding, not perceiving mystery that Spirit can be known only by spirit.
This condition is like being encapsulated in a death shroud, being under the influence of the lying tongue whose principles and powers are opposed to the Lord God. This shroud deflects light, trapping us in shadow and darkness, anxiety and powerlessness that we may fight and resist but will eventually acknowledge, if we’re honest.
This death shroud hinders God’s truth from penetrating and enlightening our eyes, ears, hearts and minds. We learn to work hard to beautify and enhance and protect and promote the death shroud that we believe is who we are.
We often have no idea that this death shroud is binding and crippling us until some circumstance or painful life event pierces, slits, and begins to strip us of the shroud. Scripture uses the word flesh to describe this death shroud.1
The psalmist David described flesh this way:
Ps 38:1-4 –O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger, nor discipline me in your wrath! For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me. There is no soundness in my flesh because of your indignation; there is no health in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.
My soul is cast down. My soul is in turmoil within me. Why?
The oppression of my enemy [hating adversary]. (Ps 42)
Vessel of Wrath
The flesh is the body, not necessarily the physical substance-meat, skin, bones, blood, etc. which God declared to be very good when he originally created humankind in his image. The flesh is the instrument that is subject to influence by death’s shroud which is set against the spirit, against life. The flesh is the symbol of what is external. The flesh is human nature with its frailties, physically or morally. The flesh is human nature with its passions, intense emotions that attract and hold attention, that resist and contradict the Spirit of God and the words and thoughts and ways and purposes of God. The flesh is the human nature that does not and cannot know God, for God is spirit. David describes flesh as dirty, filthy, depressingly wretched, meanly selfish garments.
This is the vessel of wrath. This is the course of life driven externally, by a knowledge of good and evil through a mind ruined by duplicity of self-interest. The vessel of wrath is the state dominated by attachment to the passions; physical senses, emotions, rational intellect, and imagination.2 The vessel of wrath is unaware, unconscious of Spirit.
Our spirits in open communion
1 Cor 2:14 – …Spirit can be known only by spirit — God’s Spirit and our spirits in open communion. (MSG)
How different is the life that freely flows from knowing the Lord God himself and knowing what he knows and desires! Taught through the discipline of calming and quieting our soul, staying our mind on the Lord God, having a tongue well-taught, and ears opened by the Lord God.
Ps 131:2 – I have calmed and quieted my soul (ESV)
Isa 26:3 – You [Lord God] keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. (ESV)
Isa 50:4 – The Master, God, has given me a well-taught tongue, So I know how to encourage tired people. He wakes me up in the morning, Wakes me up, opens my ears to listen as one ready to take orders. (MSG)
Becoming aware of Spirit
So, how do we begin to escape from the oppression of our enemy and become aware of Spirit? David prayed:
Ps 25:1-3 – To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. O my God, in you I trust; let me not be put to shame; let not my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. (ESV)
O my God, in you I trust;
Trust: to hasten for refuge; be confident, sure, to confide in.3
O my God I wait for you
Wait: to bind together, perhaps by twisting, collect; to expect; tarry.4
They shall be ashamed
Ashamed: to be pale, disappointed or delayed.5
They shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Wantonly/without cause: Empty, ineffectual, undeserved, worthless6
Treacherous: To cover with a garment. Figuratively, to act covertly; to pillage, ravage, spoil; deal deceitfully, unfaithfully.7
The wantonly treacherous are those covered and restrained by death’s shroud, the dirty, filthy, depressingly wretched, meanly selfish garments of human nature with its passions, its intense emotions that attract and hold attention, and resist and contradict the words and Spirit of God.
O my God, in you I am confident. In you, I am absolutely certain. In you I confide. I hasten to you for refuge. I wait for you. I am bound to you. I tarry in expectation of you. For I’m aware that a part of me deals deceitfully and unfaithfully with you. A part of me is empty, ineffectual, and worthless. In those places, I continue to be disappointed, longing to be set free and healed and made whole. Have mercy on me, O Lord! To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
Work out your own health and wholeness
I work out my own health and wholeness by lifting up my soul to you, Lord God.
Ps 25:4-6 – Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old. (ESV)
Ps 143:8 – Make me hear of your love in the morning, because I rely on you. Make me know the way I should walk, because I entrust myself to you. (CJB)
I work out my own health and wholeness by crying out to you
Relying on you
Entrusting myself to you, Lord God.
Remember your mercy, O Lord.
Remember your steadfast love, O Lord
For they have been from of old.
Make me know your ways of mercy, O Lord.
Teach me your paths of steadfast love, O Lord.
Lead me in your truth, O Lord.
For they have been from of old.
You, Lord God, are the God of my salvation.
I rely on you.
I entrust myself to you.
Ps 89:15-17 – How happy are the people who know the joyful shout! They walk in the light of your presence, Adonai [Lord]. They rejoice in your name all day and are lifted up by your righteousness, for you yourself are the strength in which they glory. Our power grows by pleasing you (CJB)
To you, O Lord
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul
I rely on you, O Lord
I entrust myself to you, O Lord
O my God, in you I trust
In you I am confident and assured of support and aid
None who wait for you shall be put to shame
None who are bound together with you
None who tarry, patiently, expectantly waiting for you
Shall be put to shame or disappointed.
Let me hear
Cause me to hear intelligently, with attention, discernment, understanding8
Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love
Make me know, to ascertain by seeing, instruction, awareness, acquaintance, familiarity
Cause me to know the way I should go
For to you I lift up my soul
I walk in the light of your presence
I rejoice in your name all day
I am lifted up by your righteousness.
Your rightness, your justice, your virtue, your prosperity
Lift me up.
You yourself are the strength in which I glory
My power, strength, security, majesty, praise, grows by pleasing you, in your favor, delight, acceptance
Come to a full knowledge of God
Simon Peter, a disciple and apostle of Jesus Christ taught the same wisdom as David did.
2 Peter 1:1-9 – I, Simon Peter, am a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ. I write this to you whose experience with God is as life-changing as ours, all due to our God’s straight dealing [righteousness] and the intervention of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ. Grace and peace to you many times over as you deepen in your experience with God and Jesus, our Master.
Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you — your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on [escaped from] a world corrupted by lust [sinful desire].
So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus. Without these qualities you can’t see what’s right before you, oblivious that your old sinful life has been wiped off the books. (MSG)
The servant of the Lord says:
I can do nothing on my own.
The Father who dwells in me does his works.
Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us
By getting to know personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God.
2 Peter 1:2 – May grace and shalom [peace] be yours in full measure, as you come to a full knowledge of God and Yeshua our Lord. (CJB)
Grace: the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude.9
Peace: To join; prosperity; one, quietness, rest, set at one again.10
Knowledge: Recognition, full discernment, acknowledgment; to become fully acquainted with.11
May the divine influence upon your heart and its reflection in your life be yours in full measure.
May peace, being joined, set at one again be yours in full measure.
As you come
To a full knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
Our tickets to participation in the life of God
What are the great and precious promises of God that are our tickets to participation in the life of God?
Ezek 36:25-27 – I [Lord God] will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. (ESV)
I, Lord God, will cleanse you from all your uncleannesses
I, Lord God, will cleanse you from all your idols
I, Lord God, will give you a new heart
A new spirit, I, Lord God, will put within you
I, Lord God, will cause you to walk in my statutes
I, Lord God, will cause you to be careful to obey my rules.
So, if the Lord God does all this for us, what effort is needed from us?
Phil 2:12-13 – Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work [do] for his good pleasure. (ESV)
As you have always obeyed. To hear under as a subordinate; beneath, the agency or means, through; especially of inferior position or condition; to listen attentively, to conform to a command or authority.12
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling
Work out: Accomplish, finish, fashion, effect, be engaged in or with, commit, do, labor for, minister about, work in varied relations.13
Salvation: rescue, safety, deliver, health.14
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
Prov 14:27 – The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death. (ESV)
The fear of the Lord
Is a fountain of life
That you may turn away from the snares of death
That you may escape from a world corrupted by lust, desires of self-interest.
The fear of the Lord
Is a source of water, tears, and blood
Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to do for his good pleasure.
It is God who works: To be active, efficient; effectual, fervent, mighty in you.
It is God who works in you. In you. Denoting a fixed position in place, time, state; instrumentality, medially or constructively, i.e. a relation of rest. Toil, as an effort or occupation, an act.15
To will: To determine, as an active option from subjective impulse; be disposed, be willing.16
Good pleasure: Satisfaction, delight, kindness, wish, purpose.17
Isa 50:4-5 – The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward. (ESV)
Isa 50:5-8 – The Master, God, opened my ears, and I didn’t go back to sleep, didn’t pull the covers back over my head. I followed orders, stood there and took it while they beat me, held steady while they pulled out my beard, Didn’t dodge their insults, faced them as they spit in my face. And the Master, God, stays right there and helps me, so I’m not disgraced. Therefore I set my face like flint, confident that I’ll never regret this. My champion is right here. Let’s take our stand together! (MSG)
Under the care, protection, guardianship and instruction of your Helper, hear, listen attentively. As one of inferior position and condition, conform to the authority of your Helper. Work out, be engaged with your Helper. Place yourself in a position to hear and to be taught, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Commit to your Helper. Participate with your Helper regarding your rescue, safety, deliverance, health and wholeness. Together. Take your stand together with your Helper.
Surrender to the Helper who dwells in you that our Father may do his work, for his satisfaction, his delight, his purpose.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul
I lift up my inner being to you, O Lord.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in good health, even as your soul prospers. (3 John 2 – NHEB Messianic)
Interact with the words of Scripture through deep, careful study.
Then move beyond logic and reason; move from head to heart to spirit. Anticipate unifying of body, mind and spirit to mirror and imitate the mind and life of Jesus.
Meditate. Experience the word of Scripture bodily by moaning, growling, uttering, speaking aloud each word, syllable by syllable. Experience the words of Scripture expressing the longing and desire and hope in the depth of your own soul. Become acquainted with your longing. Anticipate that your soul’s longing will be satisfied, its hunger will be filled with good things, and it will be healed and made complete again. Let the inspired word of God arouse feelings of awe.
2 Cor 13:14 – the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, [is] with you all! Amen. (YLT)
Contemplate. Sit quietly without thinking, without murmuring. Simply be. Become conscious of your companions.
Stay in this place of rest and fellowship for as long as you can.
When finished, select just one word or phrase and carry it with you all day, thinking about it, murmuring it, holding it, treasuring it. Let it soak deep into your soul. Tomorrow, meditate on the entire text again. Select the same word or phrase or a different one to carry with you all day, thinking about it, murmuring it, holding it, treasuring it. Do this practice every day. Let God’s Word begin to fill your soul with good things.
I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it. (Ps 119:15-16 MSG)
But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (Job 32:8)
I encourage you to look for ways and practices to help you become aware of Holy Spirit and to relinquish all that you have and all that you are to Holy Spirit’s convicting, enlightening, restorative ministrations.
A practice that has been life-changing for me comes from Psalm 46:10.
Ps 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (ESV)
It’s a paradox.
Be still. A state of being. Am. Is. Stay, remain as in was, were.
It’s a process of letting go in order to rediscover Life that was forfeited.
It’s a process of ceasing, stopping, to be destroyed, and dying in order to be redeemed.
It’s a process of abandoning and neglecting in order to be healed and made whole.
It’s a process of opposing, contending, and striving in order to give up, renounce, leave, and abandon self-interest that is death, forfeiture of Life.
It’s a process of becoming weak, feeble, to be wept over in order to return to the original Life that was forfeited, but is bought back by the only One who has Life in himself.
Be still, consequently
Know, not in the sense of accumulating facts and figures, receiving answers about what to do to get a good life, but know as in relationship. Know as in Being. Awareness, consciousness, discernment, recognition, acquaintance, familiar friend, feel, perceive, have respect, have understanding, instruction, presence, fellowship.
Letting the vessel of wrath prepared for destruction go in order to know the riches of God’s glory for vessels of mercy.
2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)
Resources/For deeper study:
1Flesh: 1. sarx (<START GREEK>sa/rc<END GREEK>, NT:4561) has a wider range of meaning in the NT than in the OT. Its uses in the NT may be analyzed as follows:
“(a) “the substance of the body,” whether of beasts or of men, 1 Cor 15:39; (b) “the human body,” 2 Cor 10:3 a; Gal 2:20; Phil 1:22; (c) by synecdoche, of “mankind,” in the totality of all that is essential to manhood, i. e., spirit, soul, and body, Matt 24:22; John 1:13; Rom 3:20; (d) by synecdoche, of “the holy humanity” of the Lord Jesus, in the totality of all that is essential to manhood, i. e., spirit, soul, and body John 1:14; 1 Tim 3:16; 1 John 4:2; 2 John 7, in Heb 5:7, “the days of His flesh,” i. e., His past life on earth in distinction from His present life in resurrection; (e) by synecdoche, for “the complete person,” John 6:51-57; 2 Cor 7:5; James 5:3; (f) “the weaker element in human nature,” Matt 26:41; Rom 6:19; 8:3 a; (g) “the unregenerate state of men,” Rom 7:5; 8:8,9; (h) “the seat of sin in man” (but this is not the same thing as in the body), 2 Peter 2:18; 1 John 2:16; (i) “the lower and temporary element in the Christian,” Gal 3:3; 6:8, and in religious ordinances, Heb 9:10; (j) “the natural attainments of men,” 1 Cor 1:26; 2 Cor 10:2,3 b; (k) “circumstances,” 1 Cor 7:28; the externals of life, 2 Cor 7:1; Eph 6:5; Heb 9:13; (1) by metonymy, “the outward and seeming,” as contrasted with the spirit, the inward and real, John 6:63; 2 Cor 5:16; (m) “natural relationship, consanguine,” 1 Cor 10:18; Gal 4:23, or marital, Matt 19:5.” From Notes on Galatians, by Hogg and Vine, pp. 111, 112.
In Matt 26:41; Rom 8:4,13; 1 Cor 5:5; Gal 6:8 (not the Holy Spirit, here), “flesh” is contrasted with spirit, in Rom 2:28,29, with heart and spirit; in Rom 7:25, with the mind; cf. Col 2:1,5. It is coupled with the mind in Eph 2:3, and with the spirit in 2 Cor 7:1.
Note: In Col 2:18 the noun sarx is used in the phrase “(by his) fleshly mind,” lit., “by the mind of his flesh” [see (h) above], whereas the mind ought to be dominated by the Spirit.
- kreas (<START GREEK>kre/a$<END GREEK>, NT:2907) denotes “flesh” in the sense of meat. It is used in the plural in Rom 14:21; 1 Cor 8:13. (from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)
2Hesychasts describe two types of consciousness: ego-centered and ego-transcendent. The former is a state dominated by attachments to the senses, emotions, intellect, and imagination. The latter involves detachment from those faculties. Originally printed in the March-April 2000 issue of Quest magazine. Citation: Mitchell B., Liester. “Hesychasm: A Christian Path of Transcendence.” Quest 89.2 MARCH-APRIL 2000): 54-59, 65.
3Trust: OT:982 <START HEBREW>jf^B*<END HEBREW> batach (baw-takh’); a primitive root; properly, to hie for refuge [but not so precipitately as OT:2620]; figuratively, to trust, be confident or sure:
OT:2620 <START HEBREW>hs*j*<END HEBREW> chacah (khaw-saw’); a primitive root; to flee for protection [compare OT:982]; figuratively, to confide in: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
4Wait: OT:6960 <START HEBREW>hw*q*<END HEBREW> qavah (kaw-vaw’); a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
5Ashamed: OT:954 <START HEBREW>vWB<END HEBREW> buwsh (boosh); a primitive root; properly, to pale, i.e. by implication to be ashamed; also (by implication) to be disappointed or delayed: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
6Wantonly/without cause: OT:7387 <START HEBREW><q*yr@<END HEBREW> reyqam (ray-kawm’); from OT:7386; emptily; figuratively (objective) ineffectually, (subjective) undeservedly:
OT:7386 <START HEBREW>qyr@<END HEBREW> reyq (rake); or (shorter) req (rake); from OT:7324; empty; figuratively, worthless: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
7Treacherous/transgress: OT:898 <START HEBREW>dg^B*<END HEBREW> bagad (baw-gad’); a primitive root; to cover (with a garment); figuratively, to act covertly; by implication, to pillage: KJV – deal deceitfully (treacherously, unfaithfully), offend, transgress (-or), (depart), treacherous (dealer, -ly, man), unfaithful (-ly, man), very. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
8Cause me to know: OT:3045 <START HEBREW>ud^y*<END HEBREW> yada` (yaw-dah’); a primitive root; to know (properly, to ascertain by seeing); used in a great variety of senses, figuratively, literally, euphemistically and inferentially (including observation, care, recognition; and causatively, instruction, designation, punishment, etc.) [as follow]: KJV – acknowledge, acquaintance (-ted with), advise, answer, appoint, assuredly, be aware, [un-] awares, can [-not], certainly, comprehend, consider, could they, cunning, declare, be diligent, (can, cause to) discern, discover, endued with, familiar friend, famous, feel, can have, be [ig-] norant, instruct, kinsfolk, kinsman, (cause to let, make) know, (come to give, have, take) knowledge, have [knowledge], (be, make, make to be, makeself) known, be learned, lie by man, mark, perceive, privy to, prognosticator, regard, have respect, skilful, shew, can (man of) skill, be sure, of a surety, teach, (can) tell, understand, have [understanding], will be, wist, wit, wot. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
9Grace: NT:5485<START GREEK>xa/ri$<END GREEK> charis (khar’-ece); from NT:5463; graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act (abstract or concrete; literal, figurative or spiritual; especially the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude): (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
10Peace: NT:1515 <START GREEK>ei)rh/nh <END GREEK> eirene (i-ray’-nay); probably from a primary verb eiro (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication, prosperity: KJV – one, peace, quietness, rest, set at one again. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
11Knowledge: NT:1922 <START GREEK>e)pi/gnwsi$<END GREEK> epignosis (ep-ig’-no-sis); from NT:1921; recognition, i.e. (by implication) full discernment, acknowledgement:
NT:1921 <START GREEK>e)piginw/skw<END GREEK> epiginosko (ep-ig-in-oce’-ko); from NT:1909 and NT:1097; to know upon some mark, i.e. recognize; by implication, to become fully acquainted with, to acknowledge: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
12You have obeyed: NT:5219 <START GREEK>u(pakou/w<END GREEK> hupakouo (hoop-ak-oo’-o); from NT:5259 and NT:191; to hear under (as a subordinate), i.e. to listen attentively; by implication, to heed or conform to a command or authority:
NT:5259 <START GREEK>u(po/<END GREEK> hupo (hoop-o’); a primary preposition; under, i.e. (with the genitive case) of place (beneath), or with verbs (the agency or means, through); (with the accusative case) of place (whither [underneath] or where [below] or time (when [at]): KJV – among, by, from, in, of, under, with. In comp. it retains the same general applications, especially of inferior position or condition, and specifically, covertly or moderately. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
13Work out: NT:2716 <START GREEK>katerga/zomai<END GREEK> katergazomai (kat-er-gad’-zom-ahee); from NT:2596 and NT:2038; do work fully, i.e. accomplish; by implication, to finish, fashion: KJV – cause, to (deed), perform, work (out).
NT:2596 <START GREEK>kata/<END GREEK> kata (kat-ah’); a primary particle; (prepositionally) down (in place or time), in varied relations (according to the case [genitive case, dative case or accusative case] with which it is joined): KJV – about, according as (to), after, against, (when they were) alone, among, and, apart, (even, like) as (concerning, pertaining to touching), aside, at, before, beyond, by, to the charge of, [charita-] bly, concerning, covered, [daily-], down, every, (+far more) exceeding, more excellent, for, from … to, godly, in (-asmuch, divers, every, -to, respect of), … by, after the manner of, by any means, beyond (out of) measure, mightily, more, natural, of (up-) on (X part), out (of every), over against, (+your) own, particularly, so, through (-oughout, -oughout every), thus, (un-) to (-gether, -ward), uttermost, where (-by), with. In composition it retains many of these applications, and frequently denotes opposition, distribution, or intensity.
NT:2038 <START GREEK>e)rga/zomai<END GREEK> ergazomai (er-gad’-zom-ahee); middle voice from NT:2041; to toil (as a task, occupation, etc.), (by implication) effect, be engaged in or with, etc.: KJV – commit, do, labor for, minister about, trade (by), work. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
14Salvation: NT:4991 <START GREEK>swthri/a <END GREEK> soteria (so-tay-ree’-ah); feminine of a derivative of NT:4990 as (properly, abstract) noun; rescue or safety (physically or morally): KJV – deliver, health, salvation, save, saving. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
15Works: NT:1754 <START GREEK>e)nerge/w<END GREEK> energeo (en-erg-eh’-o); from NT:1756; to be active, efficient: KJV – do, (be) effectual (fervent), be mighty in, shew forthself, work (effectually in).
NT:1756 <START GREEK>e)nergh/$<END GREEK> energes (en-er-gace’); from NT:1722 and NT:2041; active, operative:
NT:1722 <START GREEK>e)n<END GREEK> en (en); a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between NT:1519 and NT:1537); “in,” at, (up-) on, by, etc.:
NT:2041 <START GREEK>e&rgon<END GREEK> ergon (er’-gon); from a primary (but obsolete) ergo (to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication, an act: (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
16Will: NT:2309 <START GREEK>qe/lw<END GREEK> thelo (thel’-o); or ethelo (eth-el’-o); in certain tenses theleo (thel-eh’-o); and etheleo (eth-el-eh’-o); which are otherwise obsolete; apparently strengthened from the alternate form of NT:138; to determine (as an active option from subjective impulse; whereas NT:1014 properly denotes rather a passive acquiescence in objective considerations), i.e. choose or prefer (literally or figuratively); by implication, to wish, i.e. be inclined to (sometimes adverbially, gladly); impersonally for the future tense, to be about to; by Hebraism, to delight in: KJV – desire, be disposed (forward), intend, list, love, mean, please, have rather, (be) will (have, -ling, -ling [-ly]). (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
17Good pleasure: NT:2107 <START GREEK>eu)doki/a<END GREEK> eudokia (yoo-dok-ee’-ah); from a presumed compound of NT:2095 and the base of NT:1380; satisfaction, i.e. (subjectively) delight, or (objectively) kindness, wish, purpose: KJV – desire, good pleasure (will), seem good. (Biblesoft’s New Exhaustive Strong’s Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006, 2010 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)