Monday, January 7, 2013

FIgures of Speech

Figures of Speech

After a somewhat exhaustive search for continuity in the meanings of Old Testament and New Testament phrases, an abbreviated list is compiled here with those words that cause the greatest confusion to the casual reader of the Bible, and even the concerned student of the word.  Each word or phrase has been re-translated from the original language, evaluated by syntax, context and the hermeneutic spiral. New testament words have been meticulously evaluated from their Hebrew counterpart in the Old testament. The idiom of the New Testament has been compared with that of the Hebrew and Persian of the Old. The main effect of this treatment allows one to understand what the Hebrew-speaking writers of the New testament implied by the choice of words and syntax of their language and culture.

This has a use for the reader in that understanding is improved by glancing at these definitions of words or phrases as they are encountered while examining the Bible. 
Heaven: a dwelling place not like the physical universe we understand; A spiritual realm. Denoted in the O.T. as the “thick darkness” where YHVH dwells. This is opposed to “outer darkness” where YHVH does not dwell. Outer darkness is also called the “second death” or hell. (Daniel 7:13, Exodus 20:21; II Ch 6:1; Job 38:9;Psa 18:11; Matt 8:12, 22:13, 25:30)
Throne: Status notation of authority or responsibility (Gr. thronos).
Judgment Seat: Position of authority to judge at the point of need for a decision. Often performed with a portable device or platform carried about from place to place; can be for an appointed time and place. Commonly used during the apostolic era by the Roman government.
The “Judgment seat of Christ” (Rom 14:10; II Cor. 5:10) is a continuous process of daily decisions based on the direction within the mind and heart of a Christian. Based on this, judgment begins at the house of God for those who walk according to the Spirit. We are judged based on our walk of repentance, being spirit filled and having spirit led behavior. Having been judged so, our death will precipitate a resurrection unto life everlasting.  In the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, Jesus pointed out that Lazarus was in a protected “Bosom of Abraham” (first covenant) while the rich man was already tormented in flames. The Bosom of Abraham was the protection afforded the righteous in God under the law through faith in Moses law.
Death: The resurrection is for the body, not the soul; the soul is transferred to its destination upon death and cannot cease to exist or “sleep”. Sleep is an idiom that infers the death of the body. Death is a term meaning the separation of the spirit from God. In this context sleep cannot refer to the spirit of man because that separation is called the “second death”. When Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, they did “die”; that is, they were separated from the Spirit and cast out of the garden. Their bodies did not “sleep” until hundreds of years afterwards.
Footstool: A symbolic term denoting submission to an authority or the one of responsibility. This implies complete submission, including one’s own mental authority and physical power.
Under the Feet; Crushed the Neck: To be humiliated or subjected to a crushing defeat attended by complete submission. To be rendered powerless.
Crushed the Head: to destroy or kill
Standing on the Right Hand (of His People; of God): (Psa. 16:8, Acts 2:25)  The subject of the phrase has immovable power or has impossible circumstances facilitated by the power of the right hand. The right hand is the dexterous one; the one of greatest strength. The left hand was weaker and considered evil. (Rectus (correct or righteous): right hand.  Sinister: left hand (wayward or evil)).
Jesus Christ (the human sacrifice who’s spirit is God) standing on the Right Hand of God: The ascended Messiah (transfigured body) was now able to act in all power and with all authority without restraint of human form and lifestyle.
(Son of Man coming) in the Clouds of Heaven: A human being that is not altogether corporeal, but manifests as one who also inhabits Heaven; an ascended being; Jesus after the resurrection (Matt. 24:30;26:64;  Mark 14:62)
Sitting Upon: To be present at the time of an event and responsible for, or the causative authority of the event. (Sitting upon the flood, upon the circle of the Earth, upon the throne) God was present and responsible for the flood in judgment and present and responsible for the circle of the Earth (it’s orbit around the sun) in creation. He is responsible for the last judgment of every human being.
Arm or Right Arm: Judgment; either positive or negative to the recipient. Power executed in Judgment. (Destruction; Grace)  “to whom is the Arm of the Lord revealed (for Israel);” “to whom all the Nations is revealed.” The judgment of God to help Israel and all God’s people as realized by and against all the Nations.  John 12:38; Isa. 52:10, Romans 1:16
Alexander the Great was known as “Alexander the long-armed” because he exercised judgment over the entire known population of Earth during his reign.
To Sit on the Right Hand of God: To have the nature of God (authority, responsibility, character). (To sit: to be present and responsible for, or the causative authority).
Begotten: To be caused to live as a wonder or sign or as a mark. This is the fundamental process of adoption or attachment of the person to mark a sign: to give the name of this begotten one as a significant point in the mind of the reader. This does not ascribe genetic parent-hood in a physical sense necessarily. Jesus Christ (the physical body) was the only begotten of the Father (the Spirit) until that Spirit fell upon mankind to reside within them.
All who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and made alive by the Spirit are begotten of the Father also. The word derives from an ancient Chaldean law code (Hammurabi) that specifies the legal ramifications of adoption by a family and the one given that family name. This includes paying the cost of midwife and the associated costs of rearing and education. That which was generated or caused to live was given all the rights, privileges and debts of the family name.
In this way we also are given these things in Heaven that derive from that name, Jesus, added to their life. This adoption into God’s family is provided to us now through Baptism in His name, Jesus.
Son of Man:  An innocent human being.  Daniel referred to the Messiah as the Son of Man. Jesus Christ referred to himself as such, pointing out his own sinless humanity; to have the nature of a Adam before the fall .  “Son of” is an idiomatic form of Hebrew writing which expresses a manifestation of something somewhere else including the nature that was present initially (see below). Mankind is translated from the Hebrew word iysh- frail mortal, after the fall.
Son of God: Human abode of the Holy One of Israel (Spirit of the Holy One) that fulfilled the prophecies of the Old Testament. The “Son of God” had all the authority and power of the Spirit in Heaven and Earth; one who is the nature of God among mankind. This is a reference to only one human being in the Bible; Jesus Christ. (Isaiah 9:6; I Tim. 3:16) Jesus was able to call this Spirit “Father” because he was begotten of the Holy Ghost (Matt 1:18).
After the Spirit fell (called the Holy Ghost or the Comforter), all who were begotten in salvation and are led by the Father (the Spirit) are called “sons of God” (Christians) but not The Son of God (the Messiah).
Job gives a descriptive example of this idiom 5:7: “Son of a fiery coal” is an idiom that means a burning cinder or spark. It burns just like the coal and is in fact a portion that is not located in the fire anymore but on your hand...
Jesus, the Son of God is just God, but a local human form and not in Heaven. Emmanuel: God with us.
According to prophecy, Jesus Christ was to be called Immanuel (Isaiah 7:14; 8:8) or Emmanuel (Matthew 1:23) which is interpreted as “God with mankind” or “God with us”. Jesus was never called by this translated prophetic name. Yet this prophecy was fulfilled as the idiom was used instead: “Son of God”. These two phrases have the exact same meaning.
Father: the Spirit of the Holy One that begat the “Son of God” (Matt. 1:18, Mark 14:6) and all who are redeemed of the “Son of God” by the Spirit that dwelt in him.  The Israelites never refer to God as the “Father”. They called Him many things but they were not “of the Father”, they were of the Law; they were chosen. This idiom implies the one who “begets” others. Anyone begotten of the Father 9filled with his Spirit) is called a son of God, and has the right to call God their “Father”. (Romans 8:15, Gal. 4:6)  In the salutations given by the Apostles, especially Paul, this idiom is a way to reinforce the notion of “adopted family” upon the reader.
First Begotten of the Dead: Jesus Christ.  After his death, Jesus’ body was resurrected by the power of the Spirit that dwelt in him. Because of this, all who die in Jesus are begotten from the dead in like manner.  This includes those who kept the Law in the Old Testament times. (Rev. 1:5; I Thess. 4:16)
Holy Ghost: based on translation from the Greek Septuagint and not the early Hebrew manuscripts, this actually is “The Spirit of the Holy One” in the Greek and implies that it acts upon humanity. The fundamental purpose for denoting this is the characteristic of presence (Jehovah Shama: shm= the consecrated breath is there; “I Am there” Ezekiel 48:35).  The phrase literally means the Spirit of God is consecrated there. In the Old Testament, this was the “breath” which made the dead to live (Adam). In the New Testament, it is the “breath” or “wind” that makes man live again (the indwelling Spirit of Christ). In Acts, when mankind first received the “Spirit of the Holy One” there was a sound as of a rushing mighty wind that filled the entire house where they sat. This is promised to all who are obedient to the Apostles Doctrine of salvation. (Acts 2:38) This component of our life in Christ is necessary to accomplish sanctification in life and resurrection after death. Having experienced the “Holy Ghost” means to have the character and the Breath (the Spirit) of God present within you for a purpose.
 Lord: One who has received the obedience of those who do his will, and is the provider of peace to the future of those following; the foundation of the society or individual. The authority of the Lord provides protection and compensation to those under his authority. In the context of Jesus Christ, Lord means the one we emulate in life and are changed in like fashion upon death.

(adon) Lord: The ruler as the foundation to the community.  [freq. 335] |kjv: lord, owner, master, sir| {str: 113}

The following is an analysis of the most most common salutation in the New testament written by the Apostle Paul using the above determined word definitions.

 A salutation of Paul to the Galatians: Paul, an Apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father who raised him from the dead :) And all the brethren which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: Grace be unto you and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, according to the will of God and our Father.

 >by Jesus Christ, and God the Father who raised him from the dead:
The Messiah (human form based on prophecy for a special sacrifice) was called by his Father’s name, Jesus. The “Father” is the Spirit we call God who begat the body of the Messiah (Matt. 1:18) and was what was inside that human body, and caused him (the human body) to be the firstborn of the dead by raising him from the grave alive. Jesus is not another person who is God, but is literally God himself in a body. (I Tim 3:16 God was manifest in the flesh; not someone’s flesh but His own that He created for Himself)
>from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ:
God provides us grace and peace, and he is our Lord Jesus through our faith in the actions and life of the Messiah that we have accepted as our redeemer. This sacrificial body provided the blood sacrifice to give us a life according to God’s will. In living through the Spirit of Jesus Christ, we make him our Lord and in obeying his commands to repent and be baptized, we make him our savior.
>according to the will of God and our Father:
Two inferences can be drawn: The first is that the will of God is displayed through the prophets; Jesus Christ being the one who finished fulfilling all of them. Secondly, the Greek word translated and is a word that can mean also and or. In this translation the phrase is
according to the will of God (who is) also our Father.
from God the Father also our Lord Jesus Christ
by Jesus Christ, also God the Father who raised him from the dead.

Regardless of translation path, these salutations emphasize the idea that God is our Father also; in essence we are begotten of the Father. This was Paul’s overriding ministry focus, and is hermenuetically correct.

Translation from the Hebrew original.
English translated from Greek
Gal 1:3  Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ,
Greek translated from Hebrew:
Χάρις ὑμῖν  καί εἰρήνη ἀπό θεός πατήρ καί ἡμῶν κύριος Ἰησοῦς  Χριστός
Hebrew :
 חסד לכם ושלום מאת האלהים אבינו ומאת אדנינו ישוע המשיח׃
English translation from Hebrew:
Favor to you and completeness from the Mighty One that has begotten you and provides for you and is our foundation, I Am salvation, the anointed one.

>;From the Mighty one that has begotten you (God the Father) 
>;and Is Our foundation (the Lord)
>;I Am salvation, the Anointed one. (Jesus Christ)
There is only one subject in this sentence. The titles are God the Father and the Lord. Subject noun: Jesus Christ

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Thick Darkness of Creation

Long, long ago before there was time or even the universe, lived an entity referred to as “The Ancient of Days”. This entity dwelt in a place very different from our universe. There were no lights, no elements no water and no space. This place was called the “thick darkness” by humans of long ago who tried to describe his habitation.

At some point (not a point in time, as it did not yet exist) the Ancient of Days had developed from within him a pattern of thoughts that evolved into the imagination of his own appearance as if it existed in a different realm; a physical realm. He imagined how he should look to portray his nature accurately; how to build a habitation that would exemplify his own volition of will in a physical universe.

You see, he had constructed beings to do his will in his own realm; unfortunately a by-product of spontaneously doing his will left them devoid of choice. They worshipped him, but this gave no satisfaction to the Ancient One. He wanted fellowship with something more like himself; entities that could have a connection with him, but at the same time have intelligence independent of him. In essence, he wished to have fellowship with creatures of decision and choice. He sought to make them with the possible outcome of a desire to befriend him.

He imagined how it should be in this realm where he could exist as one of them, yet be himself at the same time. So to construct such creatures would require building the universe of physical reality first, and placing the right mixture of violent energy and peaceful soil well-watered in a habitation to sustain them.

He imagined how he would fit into that environment, and how they would respond to his will. In fact, so powerful was his intelligence that he saw how this would all work together from the tiniest detail of the particles he would create, to the complex systems of living matter that would thrive upon them. He saw how they would in part reject him, how they would have to learn about him in greater detail, and how he would have to finally build a way for them to connect to him; and that in a fashion that allowed him to teach them through the part of them that would be likened to his own nature.

They would need to make daily decisions and they would fail to do that correctly. This is the nature of creatures of decision; they must manifest what was known within them to accomplish what was required to do his will. Unfortunately, this required learning, and they would learn imperfectly that which they could not observe. He would have to go down there and straighten it all out and leave them a pattern to follow to get them in touch with him.

         I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
        And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. Dan 7:13-14  

The “Son of man” is translated from the Chaldean words meaning mankind. So at this point the plan was set in motion to bring about his will by creating the universe and mankind within it. He created them with his own design in mind; he made them part physical (of earth) and part like himself (not physical). 

       And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
       So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:26,27

Since God had created the universe by voice command and then the earth brought forth the biosphere by his voice; he also commanded the earth to join together with him and form us as entities with both a physical and a spiritual design. In this way, he built a place for himself to inhabit with us in time.

I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.
The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.  Proverbs 8:12, 22-31

It seems odd to label the things God imagined so long ago as wisdom. However, properly used, wisdom is exactly what he was building in that dark place that he called his heaven. God intended to act on his imagination-his will, and create the outcome; this is wisdom.

That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:    I Corinthians 2:5-7

But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  
I Corinthians 1:23-25

We can examine the history; the biblical references and uncover this mysterious plan. John wrote of this very plan in his rendition of Jesus entry to and ministry on the earth:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.

The “Word” is translated from the Greek logos: the thought, reasoning and motive of an entity. So to properly understand John’s reference here, the concept must be stated as part of the conceiver. To paraphrase:

“In the beginning the Ancient of Days imagined a plan that came from within him, and the plan was God but in a physical form. This was before the creation.”

All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

To continue in paraphrase:
“The plan was executed to create a universe and a people that would produce this pre-designed body for the Ancient of Days to dwell in. The wisdom of the Ancient of Days plan was manifested in him and this gave mankind the pattern to follow in order to please him and do all his will.”

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.  John 1:1-4; 14,15

And so, we see that Jesus Christ is that creature that the Ancient of Days imagined he should be. We were all formed as we are because God in his infinite wisdom fashioned a race of creatures that would produce this Messiah. The look, the feel, the ability of this man exemplifies completely the nature of God. We are the product of that first design; we are formed in the image of the Messiah, even though that form was not actually created in flesh until about 2,000 years ago.

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

The angels worship only God; the Son is worshiped by Angels because he was the physical embodiment of God.

And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom. Hebrews 1:1-6

Majesty: greatness of power and authority. This is not the person of Deity, but rather a description of his final state.
Righteousness was the goal the Messiah came to teach; and through his sacrifice to begin righteousness within each person that chose to follow him. God came to us in the form of a man to teach us how to please him and become related to him.

Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us.
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.  John 14:5-10

As the Ancient of Days had seen in his realm before the creation, many men would reject him. They would make the wrong decisions and lose the chance to find him. But God in his mercy tried again and again to bring all men to the knowledge of the truth.
I and my Father are one.
Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. John 10:30-33

Jesus was not happy that his people rejected his friendship and his will. He tried to get them to understand but they were deceived and they were upset by the actions of the Roman government. They wanted freedom from that overseer, but they were not looking for freedom from both the flesh and the spirit. 

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
Luke 13:34
Now we can see the plan unfolded and centered on God and us getting to know him. Jesus the Messiah was the wisdom of God to bring us together. Because we cannot fathom the thinking that brought about what we now understand and sense, we were led to it slowly, over time.  God did not rush things, because we would likely “hurt” ourselves trying to grasp his plan.
 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  I Corinthians 2:9,10

So to understand fully, we should continue to search for the way God intended for us to connect to him:

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;
And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.
And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
      Colossians 1:10-22

It is in this process we find our friendship with God. It was his plan before the beginning. It has always been his plan. You are the only thing God seeks in the whole of his realm and the universe; that is one who will worship him in spirit and in truth.