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This Bible dictionary was created by BTM to help bring clear, easy to understand definitions to often times complicated biblical words and phrases. The list that we have created not only defines Biblical words from a Christian perspective, but also common Christian vocabulary, phrases and slang as well.

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A

Amen: Meaning "So be it"; to sanction fully.

Apostle: The literal translation of apostle means "one sent forth; a messenger." Specifically however an apostle is referring to an immediate follower of Jesus. An apostle was generally someone who was personally chosen by Jesus, and saw him. Sometimes, the term is used to refer only to the twelve disciples.   Other times, it has been used to refer to the 70 disciples selected by Jesus.

An apostle can refer to the missionary who first plants the Christian faith in any part of the world.

Archangel: An angel which is a member of the highest rank of angels. Only Gabriel and Michael are mentioned in the Bible.

Armageddon: A battle that is prophesied to occur in the plain of Megiddo, Israel.  Here Jesus, Satan, and their armies, will fight a final battle for earth as stated in the the Book of Revelation

Atonement: Generally speaking atonement is an act that unites enemies as friends. Biblically speaking atonement is reconciliation made with God.  In the Old Testament atonement for sin was paid in blood (sacrifices).  Today the blood of Jesus has reconciled man with God.  Christ's precious blood, sinless and divine, has paid for all our sins.  Now because He suffered our penalty, we are now free. Now no sin remains to condemn us and we are no longer guilty before God (assuming we accept Jesus as Lord and Savior).

Autosoterism: The belief (i.e. Islam) that a person is responsible for their own salvation which is attained through their good works.


C

Christ:  "The anointed";synonymous with the Hebrew "Messiah"; Jesus.

Covenant: An agreement in which one person or party pledges themselves to the other(s). It outlines mutual obligations and responsibilities.  A covenant is like a contract, its binding.   In the Old testament Abraham entered into a covenant with God.  Thus all his "seed" entered into that covenant as well.  Jesus brought the new covenant which one enters into when accepting Him as Lord.


D

Deity: Meaning Divinity; God; immortal; the nature and essence of the Supreme Being (God).


J

Jesus: The name of our Lord and Savior meaning "God saves us"; (Emmanuel) "God with us "; King; Christ; Ruler.


P

Parable: A parable, as used by Jesus, was a realistic story that illustrated deep moral and spiritual truths. Jesus taught in parables to sow the spiritual truths revealed through them in the hearts of the righteous. Parables were used by Jesus to separate the righteous from the wicked. In other words Jesus used parables to sift through the audience to discover the willing and ready listeners.

P.K: Commonly used short form for "Preacher's Kid."


M

Messiah: Meaning "anointed"; "Christ"; the awaited King of the Jews; the promised and expected deliverer of the Jewish people; Jesus Christ.; the promised deliverer.


O

Omnibeneficient: Referring to God being all loving.

Omnipotent: Referring to God being all powerful.

Omnipresent: Referring to God being present everywhere simultaneously.

Omniscient: Referring to God being all knowing.


T

Torah: The first of three divisions of the Hebrew Scriptures comprising the first five books of the Old Testament considered as a unit; Law; Pentateuch


Trinity: The union of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost in one Godhead, so that all the three are one God as to substance, but three persons as to individuality.  Mathematically speaking the Trinity would not be expressed as 1+1+1=3 but rather 1x1x1=1.

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