DEFINITION OF TERMS
who has come out of paganism or some other religion and has adopted
Christianity as his religion and advances into it quite deeply. He then turns back to his original
paganism or old religion. He
had intellectual knowledge of Christ and experienced many of the external
benefits of Christianity, and yet has no saving faith. An apostate can never be saved.
- Apostatize. To forsake oneŐs religion.
- Appropriate. To take personal possession of something, namely Jesus Christ.
it is one who believes free will not GodŐs sovereignty is the ultimate
cause of a personŐs salvation.
To take in or incorporate something as oneŐs own.
- Assurance of salvation. A certain, internal confidence
that one is safe in Christ for time and eternity.
- Authentic believer. A true, genuine believer in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
- Calvinist. Theologically it is one who believes that GodŐs
sovereignty, not manŐs free will, is the ultimate cause of a personŐs
- Contextually. The circumstances that surround an event or situation that effects
how Scripture is interpreted.
- Divine discipline. God lovingly rebukes and corrects
all those who are His true children for acts of sin they have willfully
- Elementary principles. Those basic truths in the Old Testament
that have been fulfilled by Jesus Christ.
- Eternal security. Once a person has truly trusted
Christ as Savior and Lord he is saved for time and eternity with no
possibility of losing that salvation
To personally encounter or undergo something, namely to experience
the living Christ.
- Filling of the Spirit. To be controlled on dominated by the
- Historical effects. The inevitable consequences that
come as the result of some act or event.
- Justification. To be declared righteous before a holy God because one has
ChristŐs imputed righteousness.
- Natural state. The characteristics of an unsaved person in his original state of
- Objective truth. Truth not affected by personal feelings or prejudices, namely the
objective truth of the Word of God.
- Out of fellowship. One who is not in experiential communion or companionship with God
- Perseverance. To persist in anything undertaken in spite of difficulty or
obstacles, namely struggling through the hardships of Christianity.
- Positional sanctification. An act of God for the Christian based on
the death of Christ that is past, finished and positional whereby the
Christian in GodŐs eyes is set apart to God for all eternity.
- Possession. To own something so that it is a reality, namely truly owning
salvation on a personal level.
- Preparatory sanctification. A pre-cross, non-saving work whereby the
Holy Spirit sets apart a person to believe in Christ before salvation
- Profession. To lay claim to something, often insincerely and with no heart.
- Professing Christian. One who with the lips claims to follow Christ but has no genuine,
true heart for Christ and is unsaved.
- Progressive sanctification. A work of God based on the Cross in
which a Christian is continually, gradually and progressively being set
apart by means of the Holy Spirit whereby he is being delivered from the
power of sin in his daily life and being enabled to live unto righteousness.
- Propensity. A strong inclination, leaning, or tendency towards something.
- Prospective sanctification. A finished work of God in bringing
Christians into the exact likeness of Christ either at the second coming
of Christ or at their deaths.
- Push on.
press onward on forward.
- Reformation. To improve or change something starting from the outside and
- Regeneration. To impart life, namely spiritual life from God.
- Salvation. To deliver or make safe, namely through the total work of the
- Subjective. Relying on ones personal feelings or opinions.
- Temporal Fellowship. Communion with Christ in the
present—now—as contrasted to fellowship in eternity.
present now as contrasted with the future eternity.
- Transformation. To change or improve, starting on the inside and moving outward.
shadow or picture of Christ in the Old Testament.
- Unregenerate Believers. People who have professed faith in
Christ and seem to intellectually believe everything, but there is no
change of heart for Christ or desire to live for and follow Him.