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This Blog Will Sunset June 30, 2018

 

For an explanation, see the post Simplifying.  Although this blog will remain accessible until mid-2018, I will not be doing any more posting to it.  All my writing is now focused at The Kingdom of God Today.

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I began this particular blog in February 2010 (having begun my first blog in December 2009), but I did not begin writing posts of the type indexed below until June 2014.  I explain this in Revising the Name and Structure of This Blog.

The posts you see linked below will help you get into the Bible.  You’ll see how a given word or concept is treated by different Bible authors.  You’ll be struck with the consistency of the Bible’s themes, which is to be altogether expected given the fact that the Holy Spirit was the source inspiring all the authors.

The studies start out with a single word focus.  The idea is to “meditate” on the word of God (as is suggested in Psalm 1:2 and elsewhere), and to do this one word, one concept, one verse, at a time.  As you see how different Bible authors treat the same idea, you’ll deepen your appreciation of that idea.  This will enrich your faith and your obedience in response to what the Bible is teaching about that idea.

In the index below I have not included all subsidiary posts.  For example, I have written several subsidiary posts on “Heart” (e.g. Activities of the Heart, Conditions of the Heart, Nourishment of the Heart).  You will find a link to them when you click on the post to “Heart,” but they are not included in the index below as it would complicate the index and make it harder to use.   By the way, some posts are subsidiary to more than one subject.  For example, the post Faith Is Righteousness is a subsidiary post to Faith – and to Righteousness as well.  Because of the many subsidiary posts, there are many more posts than the list below would indicate.

Look for the word or concept you want to study in the list, and from the link you will find other directions to search which are linked to that word.  This index includes only a fraction of the Bible studies here.  You find out about the rest as you follow the links on a subject that compels your interest.

By the way, at the end of this list is a link to a set of “vocabularies” or “lexicons.”  These represent word “clusters” which can enrich your appreciation of themes that run throughout the Bible.

Farther below, you will find links to character studies and grammatical studies.  However, I have only recently started that process and it will be a while before the inventory of those studies is built up.

CONCEPT STUDIES

Abide
Adoption

Adversary

Age
Alert
Alien
Alienation
Altar
Ambition
Ancient
Angels
Anger
Animals
Anointed
Anxiety
Apostasy
Apostles
Ark
Asleep
Attention
Authority
Awake

Battle
Belief
Believers
Beloved
Beware
Bible
Blameless
Blessed
Blood
Bread
Breakthrough
Brethren
Bridegroom
Brothers

Call
Called
Carousing
Chosen
Christ
Christians
Church
Coming
Commandments
Compassion
Composure
Condemnation
Conduct
Confession
Confusion
Conscience
Contentment
Correction
Counsel
Courage
Covenant
Cowardice
Creation
Creator
Cross
Cursed

Day
Death
Deceit
Deception
Deeds
Delusion
Demon
Destroy
Devil
Devotion
Devout
Diligent
Discernment
Disciples
Discipline
Disguise
Disputes
Dissensions
Distress
Do
Doctrine
Doubt
Drink
Drunkenness

Earnestness
Edification
Elect
Emptiness
Encourage
Endurance
Enemy
Envy
Error
Estrangement
Eternal
Evil
Exhortation
Exile
Explanation

Factions
Faith
Faithful
False
Family
Far
Fasting
Father
Fear
Feet
Fellowship
Fight
Fire
Firstborn
Flesh
Flock
Follow
Followers
Folly
Food
Fools
Forgiveness
Freedom
Friend
Fruit
Futility

Gather
Generosity

Gentiles
Gentleness
Genuine
Glory
Goal
God
Gods
Godliness
Good
Gospel
Grace
Greed
Grief
Grieve
Growth
Guidance

Hatred
Head
Hear
Heart
Heaven
Heir
Holiness
Holy
Honesty
Honor
Hope
Hostility
House
Household
Humility
Husband
Hypocrisy

Ichabod
Idols
Ignorance
Imitation
Immanuel
Impartial
Inheritance
Innocent
Inside
Insight
Instincts
Instruction
Insult
Intent
Intercession
Israel

Jealousy
Jerusalem
Jesus
Jews
Joy
Judge
Judgment

Key
Kindness
King
Kingdom
Knowledge

Lamb
Lambs
Law
Lead
Leader
Learn
Liars
Liberty
Lies
Life
Light
Listen
Lord
Love
Lust
Lying

Malice
Mammon
Man

Marriage
Master
Meditation
Men
Mercy
Messiah
Midst
Mind
Ministers
Ministry
Miracles
Mistreatment
Mockery
Moses
Motives
Mourn
Mouth

Name
Near
Need
New
Night

Obedience
Occupations
Opposition
Order
Orphan
Offering
Outside

Past
Patience

Peace
People
Perfect
Persecution
Perseverance
Piety
Plans
Please
Pleasures
Poor
Poverty
Power
Practice
Prayer
Presence
Pretense
Pride
Priests
Prince
Principles
Promises
Prophets
Pure
Purpose

Quarrel
Quiet

Read
Reasonable

Rebellion
Rebuke
Receive
Rejection
Repentance
Reproach
Reproof
Reprove
Rest
Resurrection
Return
Reveal
Revelation
Revile
Reward
Rich
Righteousness
Rod
Royal
Run

Sabbath
Sacrifice
Saints
Salvation
Satan
Save
Savior
Scatter
Scepter
Scribes
Scripture
Sect
Seed
Seek
Self-Control
Sensible
Sensuality
Sent
Separation
Servant
Serve
Sheep
Shepherd
Signs
Sin
Sincerity
Sinners
Slander
Slavery
Sleep
Sober
Soldier
Solemn
Son
Sons
Soul
Speech
Spirit
Spiritual
Stability
Staff
Stand
Stewards
Stranger
Strengthen
Strife
Study
Success
Suffering
Sun

Tabernacle
Teach

Teacher
Teaching
Temple
Temptation
Test
Testament
Testimony
Thank
Think
Thought
Throne
Time
Torah
Train
Trial
Tribulation
True
Trust
Trustworthy
Truth
Turn
Type

Understanding
Unity
Unrighteous
Unstable
Until
Upright

Vanity
Vision
Visitation
Voice
Volunteer
Vows

Wait
Walk
War
Watch
Water
Way
Wealth
Weapon
Weep
Well
Wickedness
Wife
Will

Wisdom
Witness
Word
Work
World
Worry
Worship
Worthy
Wrath

Yoke

Zeal
Zion

Word Clusters

Vocabularies

Thesaurus

More Bible Studies

Bible Storybook Index to the Bible

Grammatical, Syntactical, and Idiomatic Structures in the Scriptures

Notes on Various Books of the Bible

Parallel Passages

Extended Cross-Reference Catalog

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Bible Copyright Notice

On this blog, and on all my blogs, any quote of the Bible that I give, unless specified otherwise, comes from the New American Standard Bible (NASB), copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation, La Habra, California, All Rights Reserved.

22 Responses to Home

  1. Dan McManus says:

    Amen

  2. robertnolan41@yahoo.com says:

    I am a seeker of truth

  3. Hi Mike

    I have been reading your understanding for a long time now and would like to ask permission to post some of your articles on my website with the links back to your site. Great work for the Kingdom keep it up

  4. Mike Gantt says:

    Phil,

    Freely I have received, freely I give. As I have written in the About section of my blogs, you are free to use anything I have written, with or without attribution. You can link to it, or you can copy it in whole or in part. Consider any truth you find here as much yours as it is mine.

    May the word of the Lord spread and be glorified (2 Thessalonians 3:1).

  5. Romade King says:

    Hi Mike, Is the Bible the Word of God or written testimonies about Him?

    • Romade King says:

      Then I want you to remember the days of Eli that it was testified that the words of the Lord were scarce despite the fact that they had the scriptures. Or could it be a mistake that Moses never called it anything else besides the book of the Law? I am sure that it can’t be both and the concept of calling the bible the word of God is outright deifying it. You Know that Jesus is alive and with us and also willing to speak by His own mouth that we might hear His voice. Mixing this up with inspired writings will only mean neither or there; neither cold or hot. It could be said to be a technical denial of Jesus’ right over His offspring. I am sure that there is no where in the accounts that said that Jesus gave us the bible as His followers; rather He gave to us Himself to teach us all things and remind us of the things that He had said or do. It is definitely unpopular to say that the bible has never been the word of God and it will never been.
      I mean what difference is there to point to when after giving us His Spirit and power to be sons of God with a new heart wherein He had written by His own hand all that could be known of Him. Remember that we are sons of God and at this end of the church age it now appear what we should be like because He had taken a stand to call who will be willing to leave the lies and embrace Him instead of a religious system that has reduce us to something not more than beasts.
      The word of God is by the voice of Jesus and it is quick and quickening unto the transformation of sons of God into the glory that He had prepared for us in His Kingdom -the same which is in our midst. He is the true shepherd and His sheep hearken to His voice (not inspired voices or scripts and not to strangers). The bible is not both sir!

      • Mike Gantt says:

        Jesus Himself said the Scripture is the word of God and can’t be broken. (John 10:34-35)

        • Romade King says:

          Yeah! He said the scripture can’t be broken because they prophesied but He never call it the word of God because the word of God never became letters and I am sure Jesus was referring to the things that Moses and the prophets wrote.
          Moses was wise to keep emphasizing that the people should hearken to the VOICE of the Lord their God and keep all the commandments that were written for them. We all know that they took the latter and they were never keen to hear the words of the Lord that comes by His voice, even the prophets who heard Him and were sent to turn their hearts to the Lord were all killed.
          There is a place for the records but certainly it should never take the place of the real thing which is hearing the Lord speak that could only amount to a sure intimacy with our Father.
          The John 10:31-38 read thus:
          31 Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him,
          32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
          33 “We are not stoning you for any of these,” replied the Jews, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”
          34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’?
          35 If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the word of God came — and the Scripture cannot be broken—
          36 what about the one whom the Father set apart as his very own and sent into the world? Why then do you accuse me of blasphemy because I said, ‘I am God’s Son’?
          37 Do not believe me unless I do what my Father does.
          NIV
          Above was John 10 from verse 31. There is no where in the big book that the scripture was mistaken for the words of God. Maybe you should consider the serious emphases of Jesus on hearing His voice in order to find leadership and guide in Him.
          John 10:6-16
          Jesus used this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them.
          7 Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.
          8 All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
          9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.
          10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
          11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
          12 The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.
          13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
          14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—
          15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father — and I lay down my life for the sheep.
          16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
          NIV
          I hope you understand! John said the Word of God that was with God from the beginning became flesh and lives among them; it didn’t become byblus (bible).
          This message is meant to be an edification to you (and other fellows) and it was meant to be a thing of dispute. It is an added value to the rich knowledge that you already have. Hence I say BE BLESSED!

  6. Ardiola Medi says:

    Hi Mike, lately I feel like I have been losing faith I have no one to talk to about beautiful Jesus with and I seem to try to find reasons why god doesn’t exist. The bible is an amazing proof but how do I know it is true. Alot people debate how the bible tells you to kill in the old testament I still don’t really know if those rules are rules for our generation to follow and why it does. I seem to find my self stuck in a hole when it comes to god. My hope is starting to go away it seems.

  7. Mike Gantt says:

    Talking to Jesus Himself is a good way to build faith in Him. And we need no one’s help to do it.

    As for the Old Testament, follow Jesus and deal with the Old Testament as He teaches you to deal with it – not as it seems to you or to others.

    To conclude that the Bible is false you have to figure out how it was made false. To be false, one of two things has to be true: 1) the authors lied, or 2) someone changed the authors’ words. I have never heard anyone give a reasonable, much less a credible, explanation of how this could be true – though many, many have tried. Every claim that the Bible is false is a conspiracy theory, and though some people believe conspiracy theories passionately, they’re just not reasonable and there’s not enough evidence to support them. People disbelieve the Bible not because of evidence, but because they want to disbelieve it. This brings me to the last point.

    What is it about God’s will that you are wanting to avoid? What wrong thing will you be able to do, or what right thing will you be able to avoid doing, if you decide that there is no God? People deny God because they want to do their own will and not His. You don’t need more proof of Christ’s existence, you need more willingness to do His will.

    All that said, I am happy to tell you that Christ is. And He is more real than anyone or anything else in this world.

    • Ardiola Medi says:

      They made me watch a documentary about earth in class that is starts out how the bible says so but the rest is crazy it even involves evolution and it seems so scientific and I don’t know what’s wrong with me its as if is I just need every single proof in the world the bible exists if I cant even state that then it’s hard for met to fight for what I believe in. I feel as if this decision will affect me my whole life I just need to know It’s real.

  8. Mike Gantt says:

    In the world we find truth and we find lies. Do you believe Jesus would lie? Is there someone you think more trustworthy than Him?

  9. Mike Gantt says:

    Was He raised from the dead as the Scriptures say?

    • Ardiola Medi says:

      I spent a couple of days and I find myself starting to believe more and more each day but I wanna ask what is your opinion on the theory of us being in a simulation by superior beings with higher technology because I find it stupid but I have nothing to really disprove it.

  10. Mike Gantt says:

    You have Jesus to disprove it.

    If Jesus is true, then every person, idea, and theory that contradicts Him is false.

    Therefore, for example, if Jesus is true, Mohammed is false. If Jesus is true, secularism is false. If Jesus is true, “simulation by superior beings with higher technology” is false.

    If Jesus is true, every challenge to Him is false. If Jesus is false, we are on our own. But Jesus is not false and we are not on our own. Jesus is true.

  11. Ardiola Medi says:

    Thank you that was an amazing answer .

  12. Ardiola Medi says:

    I have another question , why has there never been something written by jesus himself about himself. It just seems weird to me.

    • Mike Gantt says:

      The Old Testament consists of writings by men on behalf of God; the only thing He wrote Himself was with His finger on tablets of stone, which He did twice (Deuteronomy 9:10; 10:1-2), and which can no longer be found.

      The New Testament consists of writings by men on behalf of Jesus; the only thing He wrote Himself was with His finger on the ground, which He did twice (John 8:6, 8), and which can no longer be found.

      Knowing what we do about Jesus, we should not be surprised at the similarity in behavior.

      As for being this behavior being “weird,” the more important a person is, the more likely he is to have others who write things for him, who write things in His name. Think of a president or a king. Our Lord, being the most important person of all, would need to do the least amount of writing on His own behalf. Therefore, I wouldn’t call our Lord’s behavior weird, but I would call it unique – and appropriately so.

  13. Ardiola Medi says:

    And what about Noah’s Ark these things seem impossible sometimes. please help

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