Do Not Be Anxious

One thing is necessary.

The sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart.

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)

Are we attentive to the sayings of our mouth and the meditation of our heart? What do they reveal about who we think we are? Are they in agreement with the words of the Lord God and the meditation of his heart?

Are we resting in the word of God, taking time daily to forget everything we know except Jesus the Messiah? Are we aware of a growing desire for our every word and thought to please the Lord? Are we becoming conscious of the Lord’s response to our every word and thought?

Read the words of Scripture slowly and reflectively. Let them settle deep in your soul and take root as the Spirit of God brings them to life in you.

Guard your affections.

Prov 4:23 – Above all else, guard your affections. For they influence everything else in your life. (TLB)

Your affections influence everything else in your life. What does your daily life reveal about your affections, your mental and emotional state, and that of those who influence you and whom you influence?

Right now.

Matt 6:34 – “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. (MSG)

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now. Have you learned to live in the right now, giving your entire attention to what God is doing? In your words? In your thoughts? In your emotions? In your will? In your actions? In those who have influence upon you and those whom you have influence on? Or are you completely unconscious of God’s presence and action and words and thoughts as you let anxiety influence and control you?

More.

Matt 6:24-34 – “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (ESV)

Do not be anxious about your life.
Above all else, guard your affections.

You cannot serve God and money. Serving God and serving money are in opposition to each other. It’s impossible to do both at the same time. Are we guilty of trying to do this? Are we aware of what we’re doing? Is this the source of much conflict?

In me.

John 16:33 – I have said these things to you, that in me [Jesus Christ] you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (ESV)

In me, peace. In the world, tribulation. You cannot serve God and money (the world). Guard your affections, for they influence everything else in your life.

Opposed to each other.

Gal 5:17 – For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. (ESV)

You cannot serve God and money (the world). Therefore, as a result, for this reason, I tell you, do not be anxious about your life.

Anxious: to be careful, have care, take thought, through the idea of distraction.1

You cannot serve God and money (the world). Therefore, I tell you, do not be distracted by thought and care about your life.

Life: this word denotes life in two chief respects, (a) “breath of life, the natural life,” (b) “the seat of personality,” “heart, mind, soul,” the individual life.2

Do not be distracted by thought and care about the natural life or the individual life. Do not be distracted by thought and care about your body.

Body: as a sound whole, slave; to save, i.e. deliver, protect; heal, save, be (make) whole.3
Desires: to set the heart upon, i.e. long for, rightfully or otherwise.4
What the flesh (money/the world) sets its heart upon is opposed to what the Spirit sets its heart upon.
Is not life more than food? Is not the body more than clothing?

How differently we respond to life and body depending on whether we’re under the influence of flesh (money/the world) or Spirit! Are you aware of these conflicts in yourself?

Read the texts again. What thoughts and questions and emotions arise? Does a word satisfy? Encourage? Convict? Prod? Instruct? Empower? Give hope?

What are you anxious about today? What are you thinking about, caring about, distracted by?

Might anxiety, giving thought to our life and body – what we’ll eat, drink and wear (and so much more in our modern, consumerism society) – be a symptom that indicates we are serving the wrong master or maybe struggling unsuccessfully to serve two masters at the same time? Might anxiety be a clue as to how well we are guarding our affections?

O you of little faith.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Jesus always goes to the very heart of the issue!

Above all else, guard your affections, for they influence everything else in your life. What does the way you use all of your various resources – time, energy, education, skills, curiosity, relationships, experience – reveal about your affections?

O you of little faith. Lacking confidence in Christ.5

Lacking confidence in Christ, his person and power. Lacking confidence in God’s precepts and promises that are fulfilled through Christ. Lacking confidence in Christ, do we instead turn to seeking food and drink and clothes like the Gentiles do? Do we put our trust in money (the world) when we lack confidence in Christ?

Matt 5:6 – “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. (MSG)

Matt 5:6 – “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (ESV)

The desires of the flesh (money/the world) and the desires of the Spirit are opposed to each other.

Read the texts again. Chew upon the words. Turn them over and over in your mind. Ask the Lord God what he wants you to receive from them and how he wants you to respond to them.

Is not life more!

Is not life more than food? Is not the body more than clothing?

Are our affections attuned to a false sense of life and body – the natural and individual – so that we miss out on true life?

Life: sensitive, animate in distinction on the one hand from the higher or renovated nature, and on the other, which is the lower or bestial nature, natural, sensual.6

Life is more than food. The body is more than clothing. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. So don’t seek after all these things like the heathens do. Don’t be distracted by all these things like those who don’t know God.

What does anxiety about our life and our body distract us from?

I desire to do your will, O my God.

Ps 40:6-8 – Sacrifice and offering you have not desired, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” (ESV)

You have given me an open ear.
I have come.
I desire to do your will, O my God.
Your law is within my heart.

An open ear.
An awakening.
To the higher, renovated nature.
Relationship with God.

A body you have prepared for me.

Heb 10:5-10 – Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.'”

When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (ESV)

As Jesus absorbed the words of God, he found himself: “You have given me an open ear. Behold, I have come. In the scroll of the book it is written of me: I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

Though the law meticulously described the sacrifices, burnt offerings and sin offerings, Jesus understood those were not what God desired or required.

A body you have prepared for me.
I offer my body.
I desire to do your will, O my God.
Your law is not simply a code written on tablets of stone or recorded in a book that you expect me to do.
Your law is within my heart.

Is not life more than food? Is not the body more than clothing?
I have come to do your will.
By that will
We
We have been sanctified
Sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Life is more than food. The body is more than clothing. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. So don’t seek after all these things like the heathens do. But…

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matt 6:33 ESV)

Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. (Matt 6:33 MSG)

What is the relationship between having been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ and our seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness?

Sanctified.

Sanctification: separation to God; the course of life befitting those so separated; that relationship with God into which men enter by faith in Christ, and to which their sole title is the death of Christ; the separation of the believer from evil things and ways; it must be learned from God, as he teaches it by his Word, and it must be pursued by the believer, earnestly and undeviatingly. For the holy character is not vicarious, i.e. it cannot be transferred or imputed, it is an individual possession, built up, little by little, as the result of obedience to the Word of God, and following the example of Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is the Agent in sanctification… The sanctification of the Spirit is associated with the choice, or election, of God; it is a Divine act preceding the acceptance of the Gospel by the individual.7

Sanctification: the course of life befitting those separated to God.
Relationship with God through the death of Christ.
Confident in Christ.
Separated to God from evil things and ways.
Separation to God must be learned from God, as he teaches it by his Word,
Pursued by the believer, earnestly and undeviatingly,
Following the example of Christ,
In the power of the Holy Spirit.

Sanctification. Set apart to God.
The Holy Spirit is the Agent.
Associated with the choice of God.
It is a Divine act preceding the acceptance of the Gospel by the individual.

Read the texts again. Chew upon these words. Turn them over and over in your mind and allow their significance to be absorbed by mind, body, soul and spirit.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Seek: implies a search for something hidden; by Hebraism to worship God. Desire, endeavor.8

Pursued, earnestly and undeviatingly, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

She sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.

Luke 10:38-42 – Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (ESV)

Life is more than food. The body is more than clothing. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. So don’t seek after all these things.

It seems that the Lord God had given Mary an open ear, too. As she sat at the Lord’s feet, was Mary, too, discovering herself in Jesus’ teaching, “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart”?

But Martha was distracted, anxious and troubled about many things.

A search for something hidden.

Matt 13:44 – “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. (ESV)

Matt 13:45-46 – “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. (ESV)

The kingdom of heaven. Hidden treasure. Of great value. The one who finds it goes and sells all he has and buys it.

Buy: to go to market, i.e. to purchase; specially, to redeem.9

By your blood you ransomed people for God.

Rev 5:9-10 – And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you [Christ Jesus] to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed [bought, redeemed] people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.” (ESV)

By your blood you ransomed, you bought, you redeemed people for God

Buy truth.

Prov 23:23 – Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding. (ESV)

Buy: to erect, i.e. create; to procure, especially by purchase; attain, recover, redeem.10
Buy, cause to arise, reach or come to, recover, redeem truth.
Buy, cause to arise, reach or come to, recover, redeem wisdom.
Buy, cause to arise, reach or come to, recover, redeem instruction.
Buy, cause to arise, reach or come to, recover, redeem understanding.

God understands the way to it.

Job 28:12-23 – “But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding? Man does not know its worth, and it is not found in the land of the living. The deep says, ‘It is not in me,’ and the sea says, ‘It is not with me.’ It cannot be bought for gold, and silver cannot be weighed as its price. It cannot be valued in the gold of Ophir, in precious onyx or sapphire. Gold and glass cannot equal it, nor can it be exchanged for jewels of fine gold. No mention shall be made of coral or of crystal; the price of wisdom is above pearls. The topaz of Ethiopia cannot equal it, nor can it be valued in pure gold. “From where, then, does wisdom come? And where is the place of understanding? It is hidden from the eyes of all living and concealed from the birds of the air. Abaddon and Death say, ‘We have heard a rumor of it with our ears.’  “God understands the way to it, and he knows its place. (ESV)

Come.

Isa 55:1-3 – “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. Incline your ear, and come to me; hear, that your soul may live; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. (ESV)

Everyone who thirsts.
Come to the waters.

Turn.

Prov 1:21-23 – at the head of the noisy streets she [Wisdom] cries out; at the entrance of the city gates she speaks: “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple? How long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you. (ESV)

He who has no money buy and eat.
Without money and price buy wine and milk.

How do we buy without money? We let go of money (the world)! We let go of our distractions and anxiety about our life and our body. We give up the thoughts and ways of money (the world). We yield to our thirst, as we turn from the thoughts and ways of money (the world).

Wisdom cries out, “If you turn at my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.”

Abandon your way of life and your way of thinking.

Isa 55:6-7 – Seek God while he’s here to be found, pray to him while he’s close at hand. Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil their way of thinking. Let them come back to God, who is merciful, come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness. (MSG)

Come back to our God.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread?
Why do you spend your labor for that which does not satisfy?

Matt 26:29 – I [Jesus] tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” (ESV)

1 Peter 2:2 – Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up to salvation— (ESV)

Come: to walk (literally or figuratively), to carry, bear, bring, depart, follow, go away, grow, lead forth, prosper, pursue, cause to run, vanish, be weak. To walk along, apace, continually, be conversant, exercise self.11

Note the paradox in the invitation to come. Follow. Go away. Bring. Depart. Pursue. Cause to run. Life is more than food. The body is more than clothing.

Come, everyone who thirsts
Come, buy and eat!
Eat what is good.

Delight yourselves in rich food.

John 6:54-57 – Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. (ESV)

Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life.

Feeds on/eats: through the idea of corrosion or wear; through the idea of a crunching sound; to gnaw or chew. To wound. A rut or worn track; path. To murmur; akin to but denoting a duller sound; a turtle-dove cooing. To creak, squeak, i.e. by analogy to grate the teeth; gnash.12

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 8:31-32 – So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (ESV)

Listen diligently to me.
Incline your ear and come to me.
Hear that your soul may live.

I will make with you an everlasting covenant.
Whoever feeds on me will live because of me.
Abide in my word, and you will know the truth.
And the truth will set you free
From distraction and anxiety.

Have you, like Jesus, discovered treasure, God, his law, truth, life hidden within you?

“I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

Take to heart what I’m telling you.

Prov 2:1-8 – Good friend, take to heart what I’m telling you; collect my counsels and guard them with your life. Tune your ears to the world of Wisdom; set your heart on a life of Understanding. That’s right — if you make Insight your priority, and won’t take no for an answer, Searching for it like a prospector panning for gold, like an adventurer on a treasure hunt, Believe me, before you know it Fear-of-God will be yours; you’ll have come upon the Knowledge of God.

And here’s why: God gives out Wisdom free, is plainspoken in Knowledge and Understanding. He’s a rich mine of Common Sense for those who live well, a personal bodyguard to the candid and sincere. He keeps his eye on all who live honestly, and pays special attention to his loyally committed ones. (MSG)

Tune your ears.
Set your heart.
Make insight your priority.
Don’t take no for an answer.
Search for it.
You’ll come upon the Knowledge of God.

And this is eternal life.

John 17:3 – And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. (ESV)

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Luke 12:32-34 – “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (ESV)

It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
So sell your possessions and give to the needy.

No one can serve two masters.

We cannot serve God and money (the world), the Kingdom of God and the kingdoms of this world, nationalism, corporatism, religiosity, governmentality, any “ism” whose thoughts and ways oppose the Lord God’s ways and thoughts. In the world you will have tribulation, you will be distracted, anxious and troubled about many things. But in Christ, who has overcome the world, you will have peace.

Peace: to join; prosperity: one, quietness, rest, set at one again.13

Peace. Perhaps this is another way to describe the process of sanctification, the course of life befitting those separated to God, a course of life that must be learned from God, as he teaches it by his Word, pursued by the believer, earnestly and undeviatingly, following the example of Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Ask the Lord God to give us open ears
A desire to do his will
As we discover his law is within our heart
And we come to know him
And begin to truly live
Set at one again.

Do not be anxious. Guard your affections. One thing is necessary.

Read the texts again, setting aside your own thoughts, perceptions, judgments, your own agenda, to allow response from your inner depths to surface. What do you discover?

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (Job 32:8 ESV)

Become aware of your breath. The breath of the Almighty in you.

Breath by breath. Become conscious of the presence of the Almighty in you. Seek his strength. Seek his presence. Surrender to the influence of the breath of the Almighty that you may serve him, at one with him.

Inhale.
Exhale.

You must rely on the breath of the Almighty, the Spirit of God who lives inside you, to make you understand Gods words, to discern the thoughts and intentions of your heart, to seek the interests of Jesus Christ and not your own, to discover who you are and what you want.

With your inhalation draw the words of the Lord God deep within you.

With your exhalation empty yourself of all your own ideas, plans, thoughts, imaginations and words to make room for the words of God to take possession. Open yourself completely to what the Lord God wants to reveal to you about yourself and about him. Become reverently responsive to what he says.

Heb 13:20-21 – Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. (ESV)

Inhale: (draw the words of the Lord God deep within you)

God, equip us with everything good

Exhale. (empty yourself of self to allow the words of God to take possession)

That we may do your will

Inhale: (draw the words of the Lord God deep within you)

Work in us that which is pleasing in your sight

Exhale. (empty yourself of self to allow the words of God to take possession)

Through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.

Wait, watch, listen, be still, be willing for the Lord God to transform you from within, revealing who you really are. Strive and reach for the goal, alive to the energy that he powerfully works in you as you rest, completely dependent upon him to reach the goal, united with the Messiah.

As you receive the Word of God into that deepest place of your being, the Lord God is rescuing you, he is loosening your bonds to your old nature, he is delivering you from your illusions and foolish boasting. Through Jesus, our Messiah, God is gradually transforming you from within, revealing who you really are, becoming one spirit with him.

Inhale.
Exhale.
Breathe the Lord God’s words all day every day.

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)

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Resources/For deeper study:

1Anxious: NT:3309 <START GREEK>merimna/w<END GREEK> merimnao (mer-im-nah’-o); from NT:3308; to be anxious about: KJV – (be, have) care (-ful), take thought.

NT:3308 <START GREEK>me/rimna<END GREEK> merimna (mer’-im-nah); from NT:3307 (through the idea of distraction); solicitude: KJV – care. (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.)

2Life: psuche (<START GREEK>yuxh/<END GREEK>, NT:5590), besides its meanings, “heart, mind, soul,” denotes “life” in two chief respects, (a) “breath of life, the natural life,” e. g., Matt 2:20; 6:25; Mark 10:45; Luke 12:22; Acts 20:10; Rev 8:9; 12:11 (cf. Lev 17:11; Est 8:11); (b) “the seat of personality,” e. g., Luke 9:24, explained in v. 25 as “own self” See list under SOUL. See also HEART, MIND.

Notes: (1) “Speaking generally, psuche, is the individual life, the living being, whereas zoe, is the life of that being, cf. Ps 66:9, ‘God… which holdeth our soul (psuche in life (zoe),’ and John 10:10, ‘I came that they may have life (zoe),’ with v. 11, ‘The Good Shepherd layeth down His life (psuche) for the sheep.'” (2) In Rev 13:15, KJV, pneuma, “breath,” is translated “life” (RV, “breath”). (3) In 2 Cor 1:8, “we despaired even of life,” the verb zao, “to live,” is used in the infinitive mood, as a noun, and translated “life” (lit., “living”). In Heb 2:15 the infinitive mood of the same verb is translated “lifetime.” (from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

3Body: NT:4983 <START GREEK>sw=ma<END GREEK> soma (so’-mah); from NT:4982; the body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively: KJV – bodily, body, slave.

NT:4982 <START GREEK>sw/zw <END GREEK> sozo (sode’-zo); from a primary sos (contraction for obsolete saoz, “safe”); to save, i.e. deliver or protect (literally or figuratively): KJV – heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole. (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.)

4Desires: NT:1937 <START GREEK>e)piqume/w<END GREEK> epithumeo (ep-ee-thoo-meh’-o); from NT:1909 and NT:2372; to set the heart upon, i.e. long for (rightfully or otherwise): KJV – covet, desire, would fain, lust (after). (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.)

5You of little faith: NT:3640 <START GREEK>o)ligo/pisto$<END GREEK> oligopistos (ol-ig-op’-is-tos); from NT:3641 and NT:4102; incredulous, i.e. lacking confidence (in Christ): KJV – of little faith.

NT:4102 <START GREEK>pi/sti$<END GREEK> pistis (pis’-tis); from NT:3982; persuasion, i.e. credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly, constancy in such profession; by extension, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: KJV – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity. (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.)

6Life: NT:5590 <START GREEK>yuxh/<END GREEK> psuche (psoo-khay’); from NT:5594; breath, i.e. (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from NT:4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from NT:2222, which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew OT:5315, OT:7307 and OT:2416): KJV – heart (+-ily), life, mind, soul,  us,  you.

NT:5591 <START GREEK>yuxiko/$<END GREEK> psuchikos (psoo-khee-kos’); from NT:5590; sensitive, i.e. animate (in distinction on the one hand from NT:4152, which is the higher or renovated nature; and on the other from NT:5446, which is the lower or bestial nature):KJV – natural, sensual.

OT:5315 <START HEBREW>vp#n#<END HEBREW> nephesh (neh’-fesh); from OT:5314; properly, a breathing creature, i.e. animal of (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental):

OT:7307 <START HEBREW>j^Wr<END HEBREW> ruwach (roo’-akh); from OT:7306; wind; by resemblance breath, i.e. a sensible (or even violent) exhalation; figuratively, life, anger, unsubstantiality; by extension, a region of the sky; by resemblance spirit, but only of a rational being (including its expression and functions):

OT:2416 <START HEBREW>yj^<END HEBREW> chay (khah’-ee); from OT:2421; alive; hence, raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively: (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.)

7SANCTIFICATION, SANCTIFY

  1. Noun. hagiasmos (<START GREEK>a)giasmo/$<END GREEK>, NT:38), “sanctification,” is used of (a) separation to God, 1 Cor 1:30; 2 Thess 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; (b) the course of life befitting those so separated, 1 Thess 4:3,4,7; Rom 6:19,22; 1 Tim 2:15; Heb 12:14. “Sanctification is that relationship with God into which men enter by faith in Christ, Acts 26:18; 1 Cor 6:11, and to which their sole title is the death of Christ, Eph 5:25,26; Col 1:22; Heb 10:10,29; 13:12.

“Sanctification is also used in NT of the separation of the believer from evil things and ways. This sanctification is God’s will for the believer, 1 Thess 4:3, and His purpose in calling him by the gospel, v. 7; it must be learned from God, v. 4, as He teaches it by His Word, John 17:17,19, cf. Ps 17:4; 119:9, and it must be pursued by the believer, earnestly and undeviatingly, 1 Tim 2:15; Heb 12:14. For the holy character, hagiosune, 1 Thess 3:13, is not vicarious, i. e., it cannot be transferred or imputed, it is an individual possession, built up, little by little, as the result of obedience to the Word of God, and of following the example of Christ, Matt 11:29; John 13:15; Eph 4:20; Phil 2:5, in the power of the Holy Spirit, Rom 8:13; Eph 3:16.

“The Holy Spirit is the Agent in sanctification, Rom 15:16; 2 Thess 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; cf. 1 Cor 6:11…. The sanctification of the Spirit is associated with the choice, or election, of God; it is a Divine act preceding the acceptance of the Gospel by the individual.”

From Notes on Thessalonians, by Hogg and Vine, pp. 115, 271.

For synonymous words see HOLINESS.

  1. Verb. hagiazo (<START GREEK>a(gia/zw<END GREEK>, NT:37), “to sanctify,” “is used of (a) the gold adorning the Temple and of the gift laid on the altar, Matt 23:17,19; (b) food, 1 Tim 4:5; (c) the unbelieving spouse of a believer, 1 Cor 7:14; (d) the ceremonial cleansing of the Israelites, Heb 9:13; (e) the Father’s Name, Luke 11:2; (f) the consecration of the Son by the Father, John 10:36; (g) the Lord Jesus devoting Himself to the redemption of His people, John 17:19; (h) the setting apart of the believer for God, Acts 20:32; cf. Rom 15:16; (i) the effect on the believer of the Death of Christ, Heb 10:10, said of God, and 2:11; 13:12, said of the Lord Jesus; (j) the separation of the believer from the world in his behavior — by the Father through the Word, John 17:17,19; (k) the believer who turns away from such things as dishonor God and His gospel, 2 Tim 2:21; (l) the acknowledgment of the Lordship of Christ, 1 Peter 3:15.

“Since every believer is sanctified in Christ Jesus, 1 Cor 1:2, cf. Heb 10:10, a common NT designation of all believers is ‘saints,’ hagioi, i. e., ‘sanctified’ or ‘holy ones.’ Thus sainthood, or sanctification, is not an attainment, it is the state into which God, in grace, calls sinful men, and in which they begin their course as Christians, Col 3:12; Heb 3:1.”

From Notes on Thessalonians, by Hogg and Vine, pp. 113, 114. (from Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

8Seek ye: NT:2212 <START GREEK>zhte=w<END GREEK> zeteo (dzay-teh’-o); of uncertain affinity; to seek (literally or figuratively); specially, (by Hebraism) to worship (God), or (in a bad sense) to plot (against life): KJV – be (go) about, desire, endeavour, enquire (for), require, (X will) seek (after, for, means). Compare NT:4441.

NT:4441 <START GREEK>punqa/nomai<END GREEK> punthanomai (poon-than’-om-ahee); middle voice prolonged from a primary putho (which occurs only as an alternate in certain tenses); to question, i.e. ascertain by inquiry (as a matter of information merely; and thus differing from NT:2065, which properly means a request as a favor; and from NT:154, which is strictly a demand for something due; as well as from NT:2212, which implies a search for something hidden; and from NT:1189, which involves the idea of urgent need); by implication, to learn (by casual intelligence): KJV – ask, demand, enquire, understand. (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.)

9Buy: NT:59 <START GREEK>a)gora/zw<END GREEK> agorazo (ag-or-ad’-zo); from NT:58; properly, to go to market, i.e. (by implication) to purchase; specially, to redeem: KJV – buy, redeem. (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.)

10Buy: OT:7069 <START HEBREW>hn*q* <END HEBREW> qanah (kaw-naw’); a primitive root; to erect, i.e. create; by extension, to procure, especially by purchase (causatively, sell); by implication to own: KJV – attain, buy (-er), teach to keep cattle, get, provoke to jealousy, possess (-or), purchase, recover, redeem,  surely,  verily. (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.)

11Come: OT:3212 <START HEBREW>El^y*<END HEBREW> yalak (yaw-lak’); a primitive root [compare OT:1980]; to walk (literally or figuratively); causatively, to carry (in various senses): KJV –  again, away, bear, bring, carry (away), come (away), depart, flow,  follow (-ing), get (away, hence, him), (cause to, made) go (away, -ing, -ne, one’s way, out), grow, lead (forth), let down, march, prosper,  pursue, cause to run, spread, take away ([-journey]), vanish, (cause to) walk (-ing), wax,  be weak.

OT:1980 <START HEBREW>El^h* <END HEBREW> halak (haw-lak’); akin to OT:3212; a primitive root; to walk (in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively): KJV – (all) along, apace, behave (self), come, (on) continually, be conversant, depart,  be eased, enter, exercise (self),  follow, forth, forward, get, go (about, abroad, along, away, forward, on, out, up and down),  greater, grow, be wont to haunt, lead, march,  more and more, move (self), needs, on, pass (away), be at the point, quite, run (along),  send, speedily, spread, still, surely,  tale-bearer,  travel (-ler), walk (abroad, on, to and fro, up and down, to places), wander, wax, [way-] faring man,  be weak, whirl. (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.)

12Feeds/eats: NT:5176 <START GREEK>trw/gw <END GREEK> trogo (tro’-go); probably strengthened from a collateral form of the base of NT:5134 and NT:5147 through the idea of corrosion or wear; or perhaps rather of a base of NT:5167 and NT:5149 through the idea of a crunching sound; to gnaw or chew, i.e. (generally) to eat:

NT:5134 <START GREEK>trau=ma <END GREEK> trauma (trow’-mah); from the base of titrosko (to wound; akin to the base of NT:2352, NT:5147, NT:5149, etc.); a wound: KJV – wound.

NT:5147 <START GREEK>tri/bo$<END GREEK> tribos (tree’-bos); from tribo (to “rub”; akin to teiro, truo, and the base of NT:5131, NT:5134); a rut or worn track: KJV – path.

NT:5167 <START GREEK>trugw/n <END GREEK> trugon (troo-gone’); from truzo (to murmur; akin to NT:5149, but denoting a duller sound); a turtle-dove (as cooing): KJV – turtle-dove.

NT:5149 <START GREEK>tri/zw <END GREEK> trizo (trid’-zo); apparently a primary verb; to creak (squeak), i.e. (by analogy) to grate the teeth (in frenzy): KJV – gnash. (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.)

13Peace: 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.)

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