Basic knowledge of the Bible in Telugu
|1||Abba Father||Rom 8:15|
|2||Loving Father||1Jn 3:1|
|3||Everlasting Father||Isaiah 9:6|
|4||Heavenly Father||Matt 5:48|
|5||Father of Spirits||Heb 12:9|
|6||Father of lights||Jam 1:17|
|7||Father of Mercies||2 Cor 1:3|
|8||Father of glory||Eph 1:17|
|9||Father who created me||Deu 32:6|
|10||Father who made me||Deu 32:6|
|11||Father who established me||Deu 32:6|
|12||My Father||Matt 6:18|
|13||One Father of all||Mal 2:10|
|14||Father of our Lord Jesus Christ||2 Cor 1:3|
|15||Righteous Father||Jn 17:25|
|16||Father who is in secret||Matt 6:6|
|17||Father of the righteous||Matt13:43|
|18||Father of Israel||Jer 31:9|
|19||Living Father||Jn 6:57|
|20||Father who is going to give the Kingdom with good pleasure||Lk 12:32|
|21||The Most high God||Dan 4:2|
|22||Great God||Ps 95:3|
|23||God of gods||Ps 136:2|
|24||Living God||1Tim 3:15|
|25||Loving God||1Jn 4:8|
|26||God of Love and peace||2Cor 1:3|
|28||God of all comforts||2Cor 1:3|
|29||God of patience and consolation||Rom 15:5|
|30||God of glory||Act 7:2|
|31||God of my mercy||Ps 59:17|
|32||God who called me by His glory||Gal 1:15|
|33||God of Abraham||Ex 3:15|
|34||God of Isaac||Ex 3:15|
|34||God of Jacob||Ex 3:15|
|36||God of Jeshurun||Due 33:26|
|37||God of Israel|
|38||God of Elijah||2 Kg 2:14|
|39||God of David||Isa 38:5|
|40||God of Daniel||Dan 6:26|
|41||God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed Nego||Dan 3:28|
|42||God the Father||Tit 1:4|
|43||God of our fathers||Ezra 7:27|
|44||My father’s God||Ex 15:2|
|45||God of the valleys||1Kg20:28|
|46||God of the hills||1Kg 20:28|
|47||God of the whole earth||Isa 54:5|
|48||God who is overall, the eternally blessed||Rom 9:5|
|49||God of all kingdoms of the earth||Isa 37:16|
|50||God of heaven and earth||Ezra 5:11|
|51||You are God in heaven and in earth beneath||Josh 2:11|
|52||God who rules in Jacob unto the ends of the earth||Ps 59:13|
|53||God of wonders||Ex 15 :11|
|54||Mighty God||Isa 9:6|
|55||All mighty God||Gen 17:1|
|56||God who rules the raging of the sea||Ps 89:9|
|57||True God||1Thes 1:9|
|58||The only true God||Jn 17:3|
|59||One God the Father||1Cor 8:6|
|60||The only wise God||1Tim 1:17|
|61||God of heaven||Eph 1:17|
|62||God of heaven||Ezra 1:2|
|63||Holy God||1Sam 6:2|
|64||God of truth||Isa 65:16|
|65||God of promises||1Kg 8:56|
|66||God of hope||Dan 9:4|
|67||God who keeps His covenant||Rom15:13|
|68||Merciful God||Due 4:31|
|69||God who is rich in mercy||Eph 2:4|
|70||God of righteous||Ps 4:1|
|71||God of vengeance||Ps 94:1|
|72||God of truth and without iniquity||Due 32:4|
|73||God of hosts||Ps 89:8|
|74||My God… My God||Matt27:46|
|75||God who begot me||Due 32:18|
|76||God who sees me||Gen16:13|
|77||God who appears unto His people||Gen 12:7|
|78||God of the spirits of all flesh||Num16:22|
|79||God who is blessed for ever||2Cor11:31|
|80||God who lives forever||Due 32:40|
|81||God who reigns forever||Ex 15:18|
|82||The only wise God||1Tim 1:17|
|83||God Revealer of secrets||Dan 2:47|
|84||My God and King||Ps 145:1|
|85||Great God||Ps 77:13|
|86||God of riches||Phil 4:19|
|87||God who supplies every need||Phil 4:19|
|88||God who gives the increase||1Cor 3:7|
|89||God who gives us victory||1Cor15:57|
|90||God of peace||1Thes5:23|
|91||God who is angry with the wicked “||Ps 7:11|
|92||Jealous God||Ex 20:5|
|93||God who forgives us||Ps 99:8|
|94||Wonder working God||Ps 77:4|
|95||God who makes all things||Ecc 11:5|
|96||God of my salvation||Ps 24:5|
|97||God our saviour||1Tim 2:3|
|98||God who is the health of my countenance||Ps 42:1|
|99||God of my exceeding joy||Ps 43:4|
|100||Blessed God||1Tim 1:11|
|101||God who calls us by name||Isa 45:4|
|102||God who calls into existence the things that do not exist||Rom 4:17|
|103||God who never lies||Heb 6:18|
|104||Truly You are God who hides Yourself||Isa 45:15|
|105||God who has made His light shine upon us||Ps 118:27|
|106||God who shines forth out of Zion||Ps 50:2|
|107||God God who speaks in His Holiness||Ps 60:6|
|108||God who reigns for ever to all generations||Ps 146:10|
|109||God who is good to those who are pure in heart||Ps 73:1|
|110||You are a God of hand and not a god afar off||Ps 73:1|
|111||God who is enthroned for ever||Ps 65:19|
|112||Lord of Lords||Rev 17:14|
|113||Lord God||Ex 23:17|
|114||Lord of Hosts||Ps 46:7|
|115||Lord of peace||2 The 3:16|
|116||Lord of Kings||Dan 2:47|
|117||Lord our Counsellor||Isa 9:6|
|118||The Lord who heals us||Ex 15:26|
|119||Lord Most high||Ps 47:2|
|120||Lord our Holy one||Isa 43:15|
|121||Lord who sanctifies us||Lev 20:8|
|121||Righteous Lord||Zep 3:5|
|123||Lord our righteousness||Jer 23:6|
|124||Lord our everlasting light||Isa 60:19|
|125||Lord God of all flesh||Jer 32:27|
|126||Lord God of Hebrews||Ex 9:1|
|127||Lord who helps us||Isa 44:2|
|128||The Lord who judges me||1 Cor 4:4|
|129||Lord our God who goes before us||Deu 1:30|
|130||Lord the Spirit||2Cor 3:17|
|131||One Lord, Jesus Christ||1 Cor 8:6|
|132||Great is the Lord and Greatly to be praised||Ps 48:1|
|133||Lord You are Good||Ps 135:3|
|134||Unchanging Lord||Mal 3:6|
|135||The Lord is upright||Ps 92:15|
|136||O Lord God of truth||Ps 31:5|
|137||Mighty Lord||Ps 89:8|
|138||Lord God of heaven||Gen 24:7|
|139||Lord of heaven and earth||Lk 10:21|
|140||Lord of the whole earth||Zach 4:14|
|141||Lord of the both the dead and the living||Rom 14:9|
|142||Lord Your dominion is an everlasting dominion and Your kingdom is from generation to generation||Dan 4:34|
|143||Lord the King||Ps 98:6|
|144||King of kings||Rev 19:16|
|145||King of glory||Ps 24:7|
|146||Great king||Ps 48:2|
|147||King of saints||Rev 15:3|
|148||King of Salem||Heb 7:2|
|149||King of righteousness||Heb 7:2|
|150||Spotless King||Heb 7:2|
|151||King eternal||1Tim 1:17|
|152||King Immortal||1Tim 1:17|
|153||King invisible||1Tim 1:17|
|154||King of the Jews||Mat 27:11|
|155||King of Israel||Jn 1:49|
|156||King of Jacob||Isa 41:21|
|157||King Jeshurun||Deu 33:5|
|158||The King upon the holy hill of Zion||Ps 2:6|
|159||The Lord of Kings||Dan 2:47|
|160||The One gives victory to the kings||Ps 144:10|
|161||Ruler of the kings of the earth||Rev 1:5|
|162||Prince of princess||Dan 8:25|
|163||King of all the earth||Ps 47:7|
|164||The Lord is terrible to kings of the earth||Ps 76:12|
|165||King of peace||Heb 7:2|
|166||Our peace||Mic 5:5|
|167||Prince of peace||Isa 9:6|
|168||He who breaks the spirit of the rulers||Ps 76:12|
|169||He who brings the princes of nothing||Isa 40:23|
|170||King forever and ever||Ps 10:16|
|171||My King||Ps 84:3|
|172||King of heaven||Dan 4:37|
|173||Your dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth||Zech 9:10|
|174||There will be no end to Your kingdom||Lk 1:33|
|175||Holy! Holy! Holy!||Rev 4:8|
|176||Most Holy||Dan 9:24|
|177||Holy one of Israel||Isa 43:3|
|178||Holy one of God||Lk 4:34|
|179||The Holy one who inhabits eternity||Isa 57:15|
|180||The Lord who says “I am Holy”||Lev 19:2|
|181||The Holy one in our midst||Hos 11:9|
|182||Glorious in holiness||Ex 15:11|
|183||Holy Child||Act 4:30|
|184||Lord Jehovah||Ex 6:3|
|185||Jehovah Jireh||Gen 22:14|
|186||Jehovah Shalom||Jud 6:24|
|187||Jehovah Shammah||Eze 48:35|
|188||Jehovah Nissi||Ex 17:15|
|189||Jehovah Heleyon||Ps 7:17|
|190||Jehovah Rohi||Ps 23:1|
|191||Jehovah Tsidkenu||Ps 23:3|
|192||Jehovah Tsebahoth||Isa 48:2|
|193||Jehovah Mekaddishkem||Lev 20:8|
|194||Jehovah Ropheca||Ex 15:26|
|195||Jehovah Hoseenu||Ps 95:6|
|196||Jehovah Eloheenu||Ps 99:5|
|197||Jehovah Eloheka||Ex 20:2|
|198||Jehovah Elohay||Zech 14:5|
|201||For Your name “JESUS”||Matt 1:21|
|202||For Your name “IMMANUEL”||Matt 1:23|
|203||For Your name “THE WORD OF GOD”||Rev 19:13|
|204||For Your name which is exalted||Isa 12:4|
|205||Your name is pleasant||Ps 135:3|
|206||Your name is ointment poured forth||Song 1:3|
|207||Holy and terrible is Your name||Ps 111:9|
|208||Your name is great in might O Lord||Jer 10:6|
|209||For Your glorious name||Ps 72:19|
|210||For Your great name’s sake||1Sam 12:22|
|211||Your name is above every name||Phil 2:9|
|212||Blessed be Your glorious name which is exalted above all blessings and praise||Neh 9:5|
|213||Your name is near to us||Ps 75:1|
|214||Your name O Lord is a strong tower||Pro 18:10|
|215||The Holy Spirit||Act 1:8|
|216||Spirit of truth||Jn 14:17|
|217||Spirit of grace||Zec 12:10|
|218||Spirit of glory||1Pet 4:14|
|219||Spirit of life||Rom 8:2|
|220||Spirit of our father||Matt 10:20|
|221||Spirit of Christ||1Pet 1:11|
|221||Spirit of understanding||Isa 11:2|
|223||The life giving Spirit||1Cor 15:45|
|224||The generous Spirit||Ps 51:12|
|225||Spirit of wisdom||Isa 11:12|
|226||Spirit of the Lord||2Cor 3:17|
|227||Spirit of the Lord God||Isa 61:1|
|228||The eternal Spirit||Heb 9:14|
|229||The Holy Spirit, the power of the Most high||Lk 1:35|
|230||Spirit of might||Isa 11:2|
|231||Spirit of holiness||Rom 1:4|
|232||Spirit of the Son||Gal 4:6|
|233||Spirit of adoption||Rom 8:15|
|234||For Your good Spirit||Ps 143:10|
|235||The Counsellor||Jn 15:26|
|236||Spirit of supplication||Zec 12:10|
|237||The Spirit who dwells in us and yearns jealously||Jam 4:5|
|238||The Spirit who intercedes for us with groaning||Rom 8:26|
|239||The Spirit who helps in our weakness||Rom 8:26|
|240||Hovering Spirit||Gen 1:2|
|241||Spirit of counsel||Isa 11:2|
|242||Spirit of prophecy||Rev 19:10|
|243||Spirit of judgement||Isa 4:4|
|244||Spirit of burning||Isa 4:4|
|245||When the enemy comes in like a flood the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him||Isa 59:19|
|246||Alpha and Omega||Rev 1:8|
|247||The Beginning and the End||Rev 1:8|
|248||The Beginning of the creation of God||Rev 3:14|
|249||The First and the Last||Rev 2:8|
|250||He who says “I am with the last”||Isa 41:4|
|251||The Lord who is and who was||Rev 11:17|
|252||The Lord says “I am who I am”||Ex 3:14|
|253||The Lord who is to come||Rev 11:17|
|254||“God who is Love”||1Jn 4:8|
|255||The Most high||Isa 33:5|
|256||The one who is exalted above the heavens||Heb 7:26|
|257||God who is exalted by His power||Job 36:22|
|258||The head of all principality and power||Colo 2:10|
|259||O Lord, You are exalted as head over all||1Chro 29:11|
|260||God who is highly exalted||Ps 47:9|
|261||Great and mighty in power||Ps 147:5|
|262||Fairest Lord||Ps 45:2|
|263||Most Upright||Isa 26:7|
|264||Sun of Righteousness||Matt 4:2|
|265||Righteous Judge||Ps 7:11|
|266||Righteous and Upright God||Deu 32:4|
|267||Hw who increases the harvest of our righteousness||2Cor 9:10|
|268||He who loves righteousness and justice||Ps 33:5|
|269||The Lord who speaks righteousness and declare things that are right||Isa 45:9|
|270||He who brings His judgement to light||Zep 3:5|
|271||He who guards the paths of justice||Pro 2:8|
|272||The Lord who will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all nations||Isa 61:11|
|273||Our Law giver||Deu 33:22|
|274||How un-searchable are Your judgements, O Lord||Rom 11:33|
|275||You are faithful||1Cor 1:9|
|276||Who is like You, O Lord||Ex 15:11|
|277||Holy and blameless||Heb 7:26|
|278||You are undefiled||Heb 7:26|
|279||My Deliverer||Ps 18:2|
|280||My refuge||Ps 18:2|
|281||My shield||Ps 18:2|
|282||My fortress||Ps 18:2|
|283||My stronghold||Nah 1:7|
|284||A very present help||Ps 46:1|
|285||Horn of my salvation||Ps 18:2|
|286||Pioneer of our salvation||Heb 2:10|
|287||Anchor of the soul||Heb 2:10|
|288||The one my soul loves||Song 3:1|
|289||The Bridegroom||Matt 9:15|
|290||Rock of ages||Matt 9:15|
|291||Lily of the valleys||Song 2:1|
|292||Rose of Sharon||Song 2:1|
|293||Cluster of henna blossoms||Song1:14|
|294||A bundle of myrrh||Song1:13|
|295||You are altogether lovely||Song5:16|
|296||The chiefest among the ten thousand||Song5:10|
|297||Your speech is most sweet||Song5:16|
|298||My beloved is white and ruddy||Song5:10|
|299||The bright and morning start||Rev 22:16|
|300||Apple tree among the trees of the wood||Song 2:3|
|301||You are like a gazelle of a young stag||Song 2:9|
|302||You are loved by virgins||Song 1:3|
|303||You are loved by the righteous||Song 1:4|
|304||Beloved Son||Matt 3:17|
|305||Loving Son||Colo 1:13|
|306||Son of the Most High God||Mk 5:7|
|307||Christ – the Son of the Blessed||Mk 14:61|
|308||Son of man||Lk 21:36|
|309||Son who has been made perfect forever||Heb 7:28|
|310||He who is called Son of David||Matt 20:30|
|311||God who never fails in His promises||Matt 20:30|
|312||Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever||Heb 13:8|
|313||Perfect in Love||Heb 13:8|
|314||Father in heaven You are perfect||Matt 5:48|
|315||He who is perfect in knowledge||Job 37:16|
|316||Light of the world||Jn 12:46|
|317||The true light||Jn 1:9|
|318||The light that enlightens every man||Jn 1:9|
|319||Light to the nations||Isa 49:6|
|320||the faithful witness||Rev 1:5|
|321||The Lamb that had been slain||Rev 5:6|
|321||Lamb of God||Jn 1:36|
|323||The one Shepherd||Eze37:24|
|324||Great Shepherd||Heb 13:20|
|325||Good Shepherd||Jn 10:11|
|326||He who had laid down His life for the sheep||Jn 10:11|
|327||Chief Shepherd||1 Pet 5:4|
|328||Shepherd and Guardian||1Pet 2:25|
|329||You were wounded for our transgressions||Isa 53:5|
|330||You were bruised for our iniquities||Isa 53:5|
|331||You bore the sin of many||Isa 53:12|
|332||You took our infirmities and bore our sickness||Matt 8:17|
|333||you bore our grief and carried our sorrows||Isa 53:4|
|334||You shed Your blood for us||Colo 1:20|
|335||The chastisement for our peace was upon You||Isa 53:5|
|336||He who tasted death for everyone||Heb 2:9|
|337||You were mocked for our sake||Ps 22:7|
|338||You were scorned by men||Ps 22:6|
|339||You were despised by the people||Ps 22:6|
|340||You were numbered with transgressors||Isa 53:12|
|341||He who made intercession for the transgressors||Isa 53:!2|
|342||For Your stripes that heal us||Isa 53:5|
|343||Resurrected Christ||Lk 24:6|
|344||The resurrection and the life||Jn 11:25|
|345||The way, the truth and the life||Jn 14:6|
|346||The First Born||Heb 1:6|
|347||The First Fruit||1Cor 15:20|
|348||The Door||Jn 10:9|
|349||Conqueror of death||1Cor15:55|
|350||Conqueror of hell||1Cor 15:55|
|351||The one who has the keys of death and hell||Rev 1:18|
|352||He that has the key of David||Rev 3:7|
|353||He that shuts that no man opens||Rev 3:7|
|354||He that opens that no man shuts||Rev 3:7|
|355||Bread from heaven||Jn 6:50|
|356||Bread of life||Jn 6:48|
|357||River of life||Jn 6:48|
|358||The fountain of living water||Jer 17:13|
|359||Author of life||Act 3:15|
|360||Out life and length of our life||Deu 30:20|
|361||Word of life||1Jn 1:1|
|362||Light of life||Jn 8:12|
|363||He who proclaimed the light||Act 26:23|
|364||Rock of our salvation||Deu 32:15|
|365||Everlasting rock||Isa 26:4|
|366||Spiritual rock||1Cor 10:4|
|367||The rock who begot me||Deu 32:18|
|368||The strength of my heart||Ps 73:26|
|369||Rock of my strong hold||Isa 17:10|
|370||Rock of my refuge and my habitation||Ps 71:13|
|371||My Redeemer||Ps 19:14|
|372||My Helper||Heb 13:6|
|373||My Hope||Isa 39:7|
|374||My Husbandman||Isa 54:5|
|375||My Creator||Isa 54:5|
|377||My Beloved, the pleasant||Song1:16|
|378||You are my praise||Deu 10:21|
|379||My salvation||Ps 27:1|
|380||The strength of my salvation||Ps 140:7|
|381||My strength and my song||Ex 15:2|
|382||The strength of my life||Ps 27:1|
|383||My light||Ps 27:1|
|384||My Holy one||Haba 1:12|
|385||My covert||Isa 32:2|
|386||My glory||Ps 3:3|
|387||My goodness||Ps 144:2|
|388||My hiding place||Ps 119:11|
|389||My high tower||Ps 144:2|
|390||You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup||Ps 16:5|
|391||You maintain my lot||Ps 16:5|
|392||My portion in the land of the living||Ps 142:5|
|393||Guide of my youth||Jer 3:4|
|394||My Master||Jn 11:28|
|395||My beloved is mine||Song 6:3|
|396||The one who cares about me||1 Pet 5:7|
|397||My witness||Job 16:19|
|398||He who goes over before me||Deu 9:3|
|399||My Judge||Job 9:15|
|400||Judge of all the earth||Gen18:25|
|401||Christ the righteous advocate||1Jn 2:1|
|402||Christ who strengthens me||Phil 4:13|
|403||Jesus of Nazareth||Mk 1:24|
|404||Christ our intercessor||1Jn 2:1|
|405||Wonderful God||Isa 9:6|
|406||He who alone does great wonders||Ps 136:4|
|407||He who calls us “My Friends”||Lk 12:4|
|408||Friend of sinners||Lk 7:34|
|409||He who separate from sinners||Heb 7:26|
|410||Hw who justifies the ungodly||Rom 4:5|
|411||The opened fountain||Zech 13:1|
|412||For the blood without blemish||1Pet 1:19|
|413||For Your spotless blood||1Pet 1:19|
|414||For the precious blood of Lord Jesus Christ||1Pet 1:19|
|415||For the blood of sprinkling||Heb 12:24|
|416||For Your blood speaks better things||Heb 12:24|
|417||For the blood of new covenant||1Cor 11:25|
|418||For the blood of the everlasting covenant||Heb 13:20|
|419||Gift of God||Jn 4:10|
|420||Christ our Passover||1Cor 5:7|
|421||The propitiation of our sins|
|421||You offered Yourself without spot||Heb 9:14|
|423||You have become a surety of better covenant||Heb 7:22|
|426||Our Guide||Ps 48:14|
|427||Rabbi, Rabboni||Jn 1:49|
|428||The stem of Jesse||Isa 11:1|
|429||The root of David||Rev 5:5|
|430||The Branch||Zech 6:12|
|431||He who is called David the King||Jer 30:9|
|432||He who is called David the servant||Eze 37:24|
|433||Lord You are worthy to be praised||Ps 18:3|
|434||Lord You are pleased in our praises||Ps 18:3|
|435||Fearful in praises||Ex 15:11|
|436||Lord who inhabits the praises of Israel||Ps 22:3|
|437||He who dwells between Cherubims||Isa 57:16|
|438||The one who dwells in unapproachable light||1Tim 6:16|
|439||The one who dwells in Jerusalem||Ps135:21|
|440||He who dwells in Zion||Joel 3:21|
|441||Lord, You are gifted to dwell among men||Ps 68:18|
|442||You dwell with the one who has a contrite and humble spirit||Isa 57:15|
|443||He who dwells between the shoulder of His beloved||Deu 33:12|
|444||He who is seated at the circle of the earth||Isa 40:22|
|445||He who sits enthroned over the flood||Ps 29:10|
|446||He who sits in the heaven||Ps 2:4|
|447||The Lord who is in His temple||Ps 11:4|
|448||The Lord who is upon many waters||Ps 29:3|
|449||He who is seated at the right hand of the Father||Eph 1:20|
|450||He who treads the high places of the earth||Amo 4:13|
|451||He who walks in the midst if the seven lamp stands||Rev 2:1|
|452||He who holds the seven stars in His right hand||Rev 2:1|
|453||With the merciful, You will show Yourself merciful||Ps 18:25|
|454||With the blameless man, You will show Yourself blameless||Ps 18:25|
|455||With the pure, You will show Yourself pure||Ps 18:26|
|456||With the devious, You will Yourself shrewd||Ps 18:26|
|457||Our Lord and Teacher||Jn 13:14|
|458||Teacher from God||Jn 3:2|
|459||Chief Apostle||Heb 3:1|
|460||Chief Prophet||Jn 4:19|
|461||Great Physician||Jn 4:19|
|462||Great High Priest||Heb 4:14|
|463||High Priest forever||Heb 6:20|
|464||A merciful and faithful High Priest||Heb 2:17|
|465||High Priest without sin||Heb 4:15|
|466||A High Priest who can sympathize with our weakness||Heb 4:15|
|467||High Priest of the good things to come||Heb 9:11|
|468||He who has unchangeable priesthood||Heb 7:24|
|469||You are a Priest for ever according to the order if Melchizedek||Heb 7:17|
|470||Creator of Israel||Isa 43:15|
|471||Shepherd of Israel||Ps 80:1|
|472||Ruler of Israel||Matt 2:6|
|473||The strength of Israel||1 Sam 15:29|
|474||Hope of Israel||Jer 14:8|
|475||Rock of Israel||2 Sam 23:3|
|476||The consolation of Israel||Lk 2:25|
|477||The light of Israel||Isa 10:17|
|478||The dew unto Israel||Hos 14:5|
|479||The glory of your people Israel||Lk 2:32|
|480||The Lord who sanctifies Israel||Eze 37:28|
|481||Judge of Israel||Mica 5:1|
|482||The Mighty one of Israel||Isa 1:24|
|483||God the fear of Isaac||Gen 31:42|
|484||The Mighty one of Jacob||Isa 60:16|
|485||The portion of Jacob||Jer 10:16|
|486||He who loved Jacob||Rom 9:13|
|487||He who had accepted Job||Job 42:9|
|488||The Lord who restored Job’s losses||Job 42:10|
|489||The Lord who gave Job twice as much as he had before||Job 42:10|
|490||The Lord who blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning||Job 42:12|
|491||You are wonderful in counsel and You are excellent in guidance||Isa 28:29|
|492||You are great in counsel and mighty in work||Jer 32:19|
|493||The hills from where my help comes||Ps 121:1|
|494||The one who makes crooked places straight||Isa 42:16|
|495||The only begotten of the Father||Jn 1:14|
|496||The Angel of God||Ex 14:19|
|497||The Messenger of covenant||Mal 3:1|
|498||Servant chosen by the Lord||Matt12:18|
|499||Commander of the army of the Lord||Josh 5:14|
|502||Our Mediator||1Tim 2:5|
|503||Our Brother||Mk 3:35|
|504||Our rising Sun||Lk 1:79|
|505||Our Holy sanctuary||Isa 8:14|
|506||Worthy of glory||Rev 5:12|
|507||Crown of glory||Isa 28:5|
|508||Diadem of beauty||Isa 28:5|
|509||A Child and Son||Isa 9:6|
|510||Gracious and full of compassion||Ps 111:4|
|511||The desire if every nation||Hag 2:7|
|512||O God, to you belong all nations||Ps 82:8|
|513||The Most High who divided their inheritance of the nations||Deu 32:8|
|514||Heir of all things||Heb 1:2|
|515||He who upholds all things by the word of His power||Heb 1:3|
|516||He who bore us on eagle’s wings||Ex 19:4|
|517||He who keeps me as an apple of an eye||Ps 17:8|
|518||Your right hand shall hold me||Ps 139:10|
|519||You are my shade at my right hand||Ps 121:5|
|520||The Blessed and only potentate||1Tim 6:15|
|521||One who is immortal||1Tim 6:16|
|521||The unseen||1Tim 6:16|
|523||The Brightness of His glory||Heb 1:3|
|524||The last Adam||1Cor15:45|
|525||Father, the vine dresser||Jn 15:1|
|526||The true vine||Jn 15:1|
|527||The sower of good seeds||Matt 13:37|
|528||He who prunes the branch to bear more fruits||Jn 15:2|
|529||Author and Finisher of our faith||Heb 12:1|
|530||The Breaker||Mica 2:13|
|531||The Lord who fights for me||Ex 14:14|
|532||Consuming fire||Heb 12:29|
|533||You are like refiner’s fire and like fuller’s soap||Mala 3:2|
|534||The great and awesome God||Deu 7:21|
|535||You are awesome in Your doing toward sons of men||Ps 66:5|
|536||The shield of my help||Deu 33:29|
|537||Heavenly Bread||Jn 6:32|
|538||The Potter||Jer 18:6|
|539||God with no partiality||Rom 2:11|
|540||A tried, precious cornerstone||Isa 28;16|
|541||A sure foundation||Isa 28:16|
|542||You are anointed with oil of gladness||Heb 1:9|
|543||The Ancient days||Dan 7:9|
|544||Lord, who is slow to anger||Nah 1:13|
|545||The express image of God’s person||Heb 1:3|
|546||Your are of purer eyes||Haba 1:13|
|547||Head of the body of Church||Col 1:18|
|548||The Lord who nourishes and cherishes the Church||Eph 5:29|
|549||Lion of the tribe of Judah||Rev 5:5|
|550||Man of war||Ex 15:3|
|551||Mighty in battle||Ps 24:8|
|552||Mighty in strength||Job 9:4|
|553||The one who crushed satan’s head||Gen 3:15|
|554||Christ the victor||Jn 16:33|
|555||The Lord who has triumphed gloriously||Ex 15:1|
|556||God who always lead us on triumph in Christ||2Cor 2:14|
|557||The great King above all gods||Ps 95:3|
|558||Lord, You are greater than all gods||Ex 18:11|
|559||Lord, You are exalted far above all gods||Ps 97:9|
|560||You are to be feared above all gods||Ps 96:4|
|561||Lord, You are above all gods||Ps 153:5|
|562||You are greatly to be praised||Ps 145:3|
|563||The Lord who bestows His riches upon all||Rom 10:12|
|564||Hw who gives us power to get wealth||Deu 8:18|
|565||Both riches and honour come of You||1Chro 29:12|
|566||You don’t despise Your own that are in bonds||Ps 69:33|
|567||He who hears the groaning of the prisoners||Ps 102:20|
|568||He who brings out those who are bound to be prosperity||Ps 68:6|
|569||He who sets free those appointed to death||Ps 102:20|
|570||The Lord who upholds all those who fall||Ps 145:14|
|571||The Lord who raises up all those who are bowed down||Ps 145:14|
|572||He who heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds||Ps 147:3|
|573||He who raises the poor out of the dust||Ps 113:7|
|574||Lord You are a refuge for the oppressed||Ps 9:9|
|575||Lord You have heard the desire of the humble||Ps 10:17|
|576||He who hears the cry of the afflicted||Job 34:28|
|577||Lord who maintains the cause of the humble||Ps 140:12|
|578||Lord who delivers the poor from him that is too strong for him||Ps 35:10|
|579||Lord who delivers the poor and the needy from him who spoils him||Ps 35:10|
|580||Lord, You bless the poor, delivers him in the time of trouble, preserve him, keep him alive, will not deliver him to the will of enemies and strengthen him and sustain him on his sick bed||Ps 41:1-3|
|581||Lord You will save the humble people and You will bring down haughty looks||Ps 18:27|
|582||The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed||Ps 103:6|
|583||There is none like You O Lord to help both the mighty and the weak||2Cor 14:11|
|584||Lord You will place the poor in the safety for which longs||Ps 12:5|
|585||You do not regard the rich more than the poor||Job 34:19|
|586||You have been a strength to poor||Isa 25:4|
|587||You have been a strength to the needy in his distress||Isa 25:4|
|588||A refuge from the storm||Isa 25:4|
|589||A shade from the heat||Isa 25:4|
|590||Lord, You set the poor on high far from affliction||Ps 107:41|
|591||Lord You have delivered the life of the needy from the hand of the evil doers||Jer 20:13|
|592||Lord You make the families of the poor like a flock||Ps 107:41|
|593||Lord, You stand at the right hand of the poor to save him from those who condemn him||Ps 109:31|
|594||Lord, who lifts the needy out of the dust||Ps 113:7|
|595||Lord, You make the poor to sit with the princess of his people||Ps 113:8|
|596||Lord, You maintain the justice for the poor||Ps 140:12|
|597||Father of the fatherless||Ps 68:5|
|598||Defender of widows||Ps 68:5|
|599||Helper of the fatherless||Ps 10:14|
|600||Lord, You will regard the prayer of the destitute and will not despise their supplication||Ps 102:17|
followers of Christ (Greek christos, Messiah)
Southern Levant (modern-day Israel, Palestine, and Jordan)
c. 30 CE
Jesus, Peter, Paul
Roman Catholic; Eastern Orthodox; Protestant
Prayer, Bible study, baptism, Eucharist (Communion), church on Sundays, numerous holidays.
Easter, Christmas, saints’ days
Bible (Hebrew Bible + New Testament)
Cross, dove, anchor, fish, alpha/omega, chi rho
With over 2 billion adherents worldwide, Christianity is the largest religion in the world. It has dominated western culture for centuries and remains the majority religion of Europe and the Americas.
Christian beliefs center on the life of Jesus of Nazareth, a teacher and healer who lived in first century Palestine. The primary source of information about the life of Jesus are the Gospels, which were written sometime between 20 and 100 years after his death and became the first four books of the New Testament. The Gospels describe a three-year teaching and healing ministry during which Jesus attracted 12 close disciples and other followers who believed him to be the Messiah (Christos).
Jesus’ teachings focused on the themes of the kingdom of God, love of God and love of neighbor. Along with some of his teachings, his growing popularity with the masses was seen as dangerous by Jewish religious leaders and the Roman government, leading to his execution by crucifixion. Christians believe Jesus rose from the dead three days later, and in so doing made it possible for those who believe to be forgiven of sin and attain eternal life. Much of Christian belief and practice centers on the resurrection of Christ.
The sacred text of Christianity is the Christian Bible, which consists of the Old Testament (the Jewish Bible) and the New Testament. The New Testament contains 27 books: four gospels (narratives of Jesus’ life), one account of the apostles’ ministry after Jesus’ death, letters from church leaders (the earliest of which predate the Gospels), and an apocalyptic book.
Nearly all Christians regard the Bible as divinely inspired and authoritative, but views differ as to the nature and extent of its authority. Some hold it to be completely without error in all matters it addresses, while others stress its accuracy only in religious matters and allow for errors or limitations in other areas due to its human authorship.
Christianity has divided into three major branches. Roman Catholicism represents the continuation of the historical organized church as it developed over the centuries, and is headed by the Pope. Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism separated in 1054, when the Patriarch of Constantinople and the Pope excommunicated each other. Eastern Orthodoxy (which includes the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches and several others) differs from Catholicism in its refusal of allegiance to the Pope, its emphasis on the use of icons in worship, and the date it celebrates Easter. Other cultural, political, and religious differences exist as well.
Protestantism arose in the 16th century. Protestants do not acknowledge the authority of the Pope, reject many traditions and beliefs of the Catholic Church, and emphasize the importance of reading the Bible and the doctrine of salvation by faith alone. Protestantism encompasses numerous denominational groups, including Baptists, Methodists, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Pentecostals and Evangelicals.
Christian practices vary by denomination, but common elements include a Sunday worship service, private and corporate prayer, study and reading of the Scriptures, and participation in the rites of baptism and communion. Distinctive Catholic practices include recognition of seven sacraments, devotion to Mary and the saints, and veneration of relics and sacred sites associated with holy figures. Eastern Orthodoxy holds many practices in common with Catholicism, but is especially distinguished by the central role of icons.
The most important Christian holiday is Easter, a spring holiday that celebrates Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Easter is immediately preceded by Holy Week, which includes Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday. The 40 days prior to Easter form the Lenten season, a time of fasting and repentance. Another holiday that has become important is Christmas, which commemorates the birth of Jesus on December 25 (January 6 in Orthodox Churches). Saints’ days are also important. Some of these, such as St. Patrick’s Day and St. Valentine’s Day, have come to play a prominent role in popular American culture.
What are the true doctrines of a sound Christian faith?
When you have read this information you will know the answers to these questions:
1. Why should I accept the beliefs of 1st century Christians?
2. What did 1st century Christians believe?
3. If my church does not teach what 1st century Christians believed, what should I do?
1. WHY SHOULD I ACCEPT THE BELIEFS OF 1ST CENTURY CHRISTIANS?
It is very important that 21st century Christians have the same beliefs as those in the 1st century. Why? Because 1st century Christians lived closest to the time when Jesus Christ preached, “the Gospel of the Kingdom of God”.
If we want to drink the purest water from a stream we must get as close as we can to the water source. We know that further down the stream, pollution will have affected the purity of the water.
It is just the same with understanding Bible teaching. Jesus is the source of pure water. The closer we get to his teaching, the purer our understanding will be. The apostles Peter and Paul lived at the same time as Jesus. We cannot go wrong if we believe what they taught. Sadly, what they taught is rarely spoken about by modern preachers.
2. WHAT DID 1ST CENTURY CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?
We must examine the first speech made by Peter, after Jesus went to heaven. He tells us in Acts 2:14-47 what Christians should believe.
Acts 2:21,23 Jesus did not die by accident. It was part of God’s plan that Jesus, His sinless son, should give his life to save sinners. Because of Adam’s sin, a death sentence was passed by God on Adam, Eve and all the human race. Jesus, by his sinless life, made everlasting life possible for all who believe in him and keep God’s commandments.
Acts 2:24-28 Because Jesus lived a perfect life, God raised him from the dead. King David, who lived 1,000 years before Jesus, was also a prophet. He foretold the death and resurrection of Jesus. David said, of Jesus, God “will not abandon my soul to Hades (the grave), or let your Holy One see corruption.” (Psalm 16:10)
Jesus died and was laid in a tomb. God brought him back to life again (resurrection). God gave Jesus an immortal body (one that does not die). It is important to notice that the Bible does not say that Jesus had an immortal soul that went to heaven when he died. That is a Greek idea, not a Bible one. Jesus still had a body. He could eat, be handled and recognised, in his immortal state
Acts 2:29-36 King David was loved by God. Even so, Peter tells us that David “both died and was buried”. That is the natural end of all of us. Peter did not teach that David had an immortal soul. The Christian hope is that when Jesus returns from heaven, he will raise the dead. He will give his faithful followers an immortal body just like his own.
God promised that, “He would set one of his descendants on his (David’s) throne”. David was speaking of the “resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades (the grave), nor did his flesh see corruption”. So Jesus went to Hades (the grave) when he died, not to heaven. God raised his body from the tomb. Notice also that Jesus is to sit on David’s throne. Where was that? It will be in Jerusalem, in the land of Israel. Jesus will return to be a real king on earth. The Kingdom of God is to be on earth, not in heaven. Jesus is coming to claim his kingdom. His faithful saints (those who have believed in him) will live forever. They will reign with Jesus over the world’s mortal people in his kingdom.
Peter explains that David’s prophecy told us that Jesus would sit on God’s “right hand” (where he is now). However that is only until God makes the enemies of Jesus his footstool. Then God shall “send the Christ” to be king of the world (Acts 3:19-21).
Peter reminds the crowd, “that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” People in the crowd were very upset when they understood that they had helped to put Jesus, God’s son to death. They asked an important question, “what shall we do?” Peter told them, “Repent and be baptised everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.”
Note that mature adults asked the question, “what shall we do?” Christian baptism is for mature people who choose to follow Jesus and repent of their sins. The sprinkling of babies (christening) is not taught in the Bible.
To summarise what Peter, Jesus’ disciple, believed and taught:
§ Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
§ He lived a sinless life and died for us.
§ He went to Hades (the grave) after death.
§ God raised Jesus from the dead.
§ In his immortal state, Jesus still had a body.
§ Jesus went to heaven, to sit on God’s right hand.
§ He will return to the earth to be king on David’s throne in Jerusalem.
§ Christians must believe in Jesus, repent of their sins and be baptised.
§ They should meet often to remember Jesus by “breaking bread”.
§ They must believe that the Old Testament was inspired by God.
If we are to call ourselves Christians, we should believe all the statements listed above.
The word “Christian” is only used three times in the New Testament. What do we learn about them?
Acts 11:19-26 Christians must “remain faithful … with steadfast purpose”. It is a serious commitment. They should also share their beliefs with all who are willing to listen.
Acts 26:19-28 Paul tells King Agrippa and the Roman Governor, Festus that:
§ Christians must “repent and turn to God.”
§ They must also believe in the Old Testament scriptures.
§ They should always speak “true and rational words.”
§ Jesus rose from the dead. He was the first to inherit everlasting life.
1 Peter 4:12-19
§ Christians may have to suffer for their belief in Jesus Christ.
§ Jesus will return to judge those who God decides are responsible to him.
All these statements add to our understanding of what Christians should believe and how they should behave. They are fully in tune with what Peter taught in Acts 2.
3. IF MY CHURCH DOES NOT TEACH WHAT 1ST CENTURY CHRISTIANS BELIEVED, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
In Acts 18:24-28, we learn about a Jew named Apollos. He was a keen preacher but he only understood some of the things that Christians should believe. Was that all right? No. Aquila and Priscilla, who had a fuller understanding, taught him “the way of God more accurately.” From this example, it would be wise of you to join a group of Christians who fully accept the beliefs of 1st century Christians. Christadelphians certainly do accept all those beliefs.
What can be more important than believing, and teaching, the true gospel as taught by Jesus, Peter and Paul? If you do, it will lead to everlasting life in the Kingdom of God.
The Sabbath: Is it a special day for Christians?
When you have read this information you will know the answers to these questions:
Which day is really the Sabbath?
Did Jesus think the Sabbath was a special day?
Should Christians keep the Sabbath?
What is “the Rest” that God has promised to faithful Christians?
1. WHICH DAY IS THE SABBATH?
The answer to this question may surprise you. The sabbath in the Bible began at sunset on Friday and ended at sunset on Saturday. That is how the Jews observed it. The ‘day’ began when darkness fell. The reason for this is found in Genesis 1:5: “So the evening and the morning were the first day.” The evening came first.
The sabbath, and man’s duties on it, is first recorded 2,500 years later, in Exodus 20:9,10: “Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work … The LORD blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.” Today, orthodox Jews still keep that sabbath. It was a wonderful rest for those who worked six days a week, and especially for slaves. For everyone, it was a release from busy days focussed on making a living. They could, on the sabbath, give their full attention to worshipping God.
2. DID JESUS THINK THE SABBATH WAS A SPECIAL DAY?
There is a marked contrast between the ideas of the Jewish leaders about the sabbath day, and those of Jesus. The leaders were very strict. They were hard on people who were not equally strict. In fact, they were more severe than God had intended. Jesus took a very different view. He understood the real meaning of the sabbath.
The leaders were concerned about the ” letter of the law”. Jesus cared about the spirit of the law. When Jesus healed men and women on the sabbath day, the leaders were against him. They even complained that a lame man who Jesus healed was “working” on the sabbath. All because he carried his mat after being healed! They also spoke against the disciples of Jesus for plucking ears of corn to eat, on the sabbath.
When Jesus healed on the sabbath, he saw it as a way in which God was glorified. Jesus must have been right, because he came to do his Father’s will, and he did it. God was pleased to call Jesus, “My beloved Son”. Jesus said: “The sabbath was made for man.” It was a day of rest and worship, and for honouring God by doing His will.
Even when Jesus healed a woman who had suffered for 18 years with a bent spine (Luke 13:11-13), and a man who had been paralysed for 38 years (John 5:1-9), the leaders still grumbled. But, the sabbath, through the work of Jesus, reached new heights. He offered more than physical rest when he said, “Come unto me all you who labour, and I will give you rest … learn of me … you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and by burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Jesus could also lift their burden of sin. He could show them a path which would lead to everlasting life.
The example of Jesus helps us to understand the true meaning of the sabbath. He did his Heavenly Father’s work every day. His followers must do the same. Doing the will of God day by day is far more important than arguing about whether or not the sabbath should be kept as a special day.
3. SHOULD CHRISTIANS KEEP THE SABBATH?
There are many reasons why Christians should not be compelled to keep the sabbath day as a special one:
Nowhere in the New Testament are we told that Christians must keep the sabbath.
In Acts 15, Christian leaders concluded that, ” no greater burden” should be imposed on non-Jewish Christians, than “to abstain from thing polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood”. It was wise advice. This would “keep the peace between Jew and Gentile Christians. Notice that the sabbath was not included as something which Gentile Christians must keep.
The New Testament does not refer to Christians being condemned for not keeping the sabbath.
In Exodus 31:13-17, it is stated that the sabbath was a sign between God and Israel. There is no mention that it was ever made a sign between God and Christians.
Christians are not under the Law of Moses. Paul makes that very clear in Galatians 3:24,25: “The law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.” Paul is telling us that there is freedom in Christ for Christian believers. In fact, Paul was upset when some Christians were going back to the law. He called them “foolish Galatians” for doing so (Galatians 3:1).
Christians are free to choose whether or not they want to regard the sabbath as a special day. Paul says: “Let no-one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ” (Colossians 2:16,17).
Jesus Christ himself is the substance. His words and actions must transform our lives. The law was only a shadow. To argue about whether or not we should keep the sabbath as a special day, is to argue about a shadow. It is missing the point. Understanding the life of Jesus Christ is much more important.
Paul tells us, in simple language: “One person esteems one day above another, another man esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind” (Romans 14:5). This means that no Christian, or Christian group, has the right to tell others how they should regard the sabbath. The Jews had to keep the sabbath because God commanded them to do so. Christians may choose to, but they don’t have to keep the sabbath. God has not given Christians a commandment to do so.
Our whole focus must be on Jesus Christ, his teaching, his perfect life and his sacrifice. This can lead to salvation and everlasting life. Christians need to realise that every day belongs to God. Because all our time belongs to God, Christians must live every day in a Godly way.
4. WHAT IS “THE REST” THAT GOD HAS PROMISED TO FAITHFUL CHRISTIANS?
“A promise remains of entering his rest … Today if you will hear his voice, do not harden your hearts … There remains therefore a rest for the people of God” (Hebrews 4:1-9). Knowing Jesus brings us spiritual rest now. But even greater blessings are yet to come. They will begin when Jesus returns to the earth. He will raise the dead and give everlasting life to his faithful followers from every generation. He will come as “King of kings and Lord of lords”. It will be a time of peace and great joy.
The Bible calls this future time the “Kingdom of God”. At that time, the wonderful message will be “the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and ye shall
reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).
The Root of all Evil: Bible Advice About Money
When you have read this leaflet you will know the answers to these questions:
1. What is the root of all evil?
2. What is a worldly attitude to money?
3. What should be the Christian’s attitude to money?
Money can be Good or Bad
“Money is the root of all evil”—many people think that this is Bible teaching. But they are wrong! Look up the quotation from 1 Timothy 6:10. This says that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil”. Jesus told us a similar thing: “The cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word” (Matthew 13:22).
In itself money is not a bad thing. Without it modern life would not be possible. It is money that pays for food and shelter, for clothes and education. Money can help the sick and support the aged. However, money can also do many evil things. It can give a person power over others, making them proud and cruel. It can become a terrible master, making people discontented with what they have, and eager to grasp more of this world’s perishable treasures. Money becomes a great evil when it is used wrongly.
The Worldly Attitude to Money
The worldly person has one aim: to get more money and the things money can buy, in the quickest and easiest way possible. This constant lusting after money and worldly things Jesus calls “covetousness”—a word which means ‘eagerness to get more’. Gambling, sweepstakes, raffles, avoiding income tax, giving short change, workers deceiving employers and stealing—all these are examples of covetousness. These evils are very common because unconverted men and women are naturally selfish.
A person who wants to be Godly and contented will resist this desire for worldly things. Jesus said, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things which he possesses” (Luke 12:15). There are many people who possess fine houses, motor-cars and many attractive things, and yet they are inwardly sick and without that true joy and contentment which Paul says are “great gain”. He also says that covetousness is idolatry (Colossians 3:5). He means that the worldly man makes a god of the things he possesses, or wants to possess, and forgets the one true God.
Money is often used—or rather, misused—by people who want to impress others with their own importance. This is a dangerous form of pride. Some people spend far more than they ought to spend (more than they can afford to spend) on belongings just to show off. They get seriously into debt because they are not content with simpler, humbler things which they can afford. So they are never in a position to help others with their money. Just to show off, such people “fall into many foolish and hurtful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition” (1 Timothy 6:9).
The Christian Attitude to Money
Money which a Christian possesses should be the result of honest labour. The Bible has not one good word for men and women who try to live off other people, or the Church, when they are capable of providing for themselves. “If a man will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Paul writes very sternly to the person who is idle and a busybody. Such a man must learn to “labour, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Ephesians 4:28). The life of Paul is also a witness against those who live off others in the name of religion. Although he was an apostle, he worked hard with his hands as a tentmaker, so that he did not become a burden on those to whom he preached.
Money should first be used to provide food and other necessities for the family, and where necessary for the children’s schooling, and not on luxuries. Some children have to go hungry because their father spends too much on drink and tobacco, or because their mother spends on expensive clothes and hair setting. Such people sin against God.
Giving to God
The Jews of Old Testament days gave a tenth of their income for the temple service. This was a kind of income tax to pay the wages of teachers, judges and other necessary people. But over and above this, Godly Jews gladly offered “freewill offerings” when they went to worship. “They shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed. Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which he has given you” (Deuteronomy 16:16,17).
This freewill offering is held up as an example to Christians. Paul urges each believer to set something aside for the service of God, according “as God has prospered him” (1 Corinthians 16:2). On the first day of the week the members of the ecclesia met together to “break bread” (Acts 20:7). It was then that they took up these offerings. This formed a very important part of the communion service. To give like this is one very small way of expressing our thanks to God for His great gift of forgiveness and salvation through Christ. The community cannot work without funds, but these should always be freewill offerings, not compulsory payments. They should be given gladly by the members, and not begged from those who are not members.
A true Christian must be absolutely faithful and trustworthy in money matters. Only to such men will Jesus entrust the “true riches”, that is, everlasting life in God’s Kingdom (Luke 16:11). If a payment is due to someone else, the true disciple will make that payment promptly, and will not conveniently ‘forget’. In regard to debts, the ideal is: “Owe no man anything” (Romans 13:8). The Christian will remember that failure to repay what is owed (unless hard poverty makes it impossible) is considered by God as robbery. A servant or employee is not to “purloin” his employer’s things—that is, take for his own use, without permission (Titus 2:10). It is often by a right attitude to money, both our own and other people’s, that we show how faithful to Christ we really are. It was the mishandling of money that led to the downfall of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11).
A Wonderful Example
When the Lord Jesus wanted to show us a supreme example of how to use money to God’s glory, whom did he choose? A millionaire spending huge sums to provide schools and hospitals and libraries? No, a poor widow who gave 2 mites (the smallest coins) as a freewill offering: so small, yet how great—greater than all the other offerings, for it was all that she had. She is a great example to us of someone with the right priorities in her life. She knew that service to God was far more important than worldly wealth.