"...MARRYING AND GIVING IN MARRIAGE...." - Part I

In this Lord's Word Explained Bible study, I will show you the meaning of the phrase, "...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part I. We find the phrase in the scripture Matt.24:38 - For as the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, "marrying and giving in marriage," until the day that Noe entered into the ark. You can also find a similar phrase in the scripture of Luke 17:26-27 - And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. (27) They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Why did God destroy all of life except those who entered the ark that Noah built?

Learn what the serpent/the dragon does not want you to understand and learn how you can avoid the mark of the beast.

I will show you have been espoused to one husband - the LORD, and that you are not to marry a human, unless you cannot contain yourself, or refrain from lusting or committing fornication. I will show you what it means to "contain" yourself and what "due benevolence" means. - You will need to read and study the documents "...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part II; The Spirit Within Us and God's Discipline, also see, The First and Seventh Commandment, in order to have a more clear understanding.

All text taken from the version of the King James Bible

Let us begin this Bible study with a prayer, O God, thy heavenly Father, grant me the wisdom and knowledge, so that I may be able to understand this document, in Jesus name. Amen.

Let me give you the scripture which shows you that we have been espoused to one husband in -

Is.54:5 - For thy Maker [is] thine husband: the LORD of hosts [is] his name: and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. - see - Rom.3:29.

II Cor.11:2 - For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present [you as] a chaste virgin to Christ.

#718 - I have espoused - from #719 - AV - espouse - 1) to join, to fit together; 1a) of carpenter's, fastening together beams and planks to build houses, ships, etc.; 2) to betroth a daughter to any one; 2a) to join to one's self, i.e., to marry the daughter of any one; 2b) to betroth, to give one in marriage to any one

from #719 - from the same as #716 - AV - joint - 1) a joining, a joint

from the same as #716 - probably from #142 [perhaps with #1 (as a particle of union) prefexed] - AV - chariot - 1) a chariot; 2) of war chariots (i.e.armed with scythes); 3) chariots (drawn with many horses)

probably from #142 - a primary root - AV - take up, take away, take, away with, lift up, bear - 1) to raise up, elevate, lift up; 1a) to raise from the ground, take up: stones; 1b) to raise upwards, elevate, lift up: the hand; 1c) to draw up: a fish; 2) to take upon one's self and carry what has been raised up, to bear; 3) to bear away what has been raised, carry off; 3a) to move from its place; 3b) to take off or away what is attached to anything; 3c) to remove; 3d) to carry off, carry away with one; 3e) to appropriate what is taken; 3f) to take away from another what is his or what is committed to him, to take by force; 3g) to take and apply to any use; 3h) to take from among the living, either by a natural death, or by violence; 3i) cause to cease

[perhaps with #1 (as a particle of union) prefexed] - AV - Alpha - 1) first letter of Greek alphabet; 2) Christ is the Alpha to indicate that he is the beginning and the end

We are to join ourselves, or one's self, to Christ - the Alpha - to raise up, elevate, lift up the word of the Lord to others, and be a union with him when he returns as a chariot - a war chariot armed with a sword - the word of the Lord, and the Lord will rule with a rod of iron when he returns. - See - Sword of the Spirit--Word of God

Let me explain a few phrases -

I have espoused you to one husband - II Cor.11:2

I Cor.4:15 - For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet [have ye] not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel

in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel- I Cor.4:15

Rom.15:20 - Yea, so have I (Paul) strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:

James 1:18 - Of his (Jesus Christ) own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

In the Bible we are sometimes referred to as creatures, or new creature. I have explained "new creature" in Born Again (from Above)

his (Jesus Christ) own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures - James 1:18

John 1:13 - Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

I Peter 1:23 - Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. - See - Born Again (from Above)

Also see I Cor. 4:15 above again.

but of God - John 1:13

Read James 1:18 and I Peter 1:23 above again.

It is important that you read and understand the document The Spirit Within Us and God's Discipline.

Now let me give you some scriptures for the word "marry."

Is.62:5 - For as a young man marrieth a virgin, [so] shall thy sons marry thee (God): and [as] the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

Matt.19:9 - And I (Jesus) say unto you, whosoever shall put away his wife, except [it be] for fornication, and shall marry another, comitteth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.

Matt.22:30 - For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

are as the angels- Matt.22:30

I Cor.7:29 - But this I (Paul) say, brethren, the time [is] short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;

Mark 12:25 - For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

Let me also show you that some of the angels did not keep their first estate in -

Jude 6 - And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habittion, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Let me explain the above scriptures. If you were married while you were living on earth, when the resurrection occurs, then you will be "as" the angels of God (the good angels) - that is, the good angels of God do NOT marry, but are devoted to serving God. When you die, your spirit returns to God who gave it, - Eccl.12:7, I have explained this phrase in the document, The Spirit Within Us and God's Discipline. It does not mean that when you die, you take on the appearance of an angel, because your spirit will wait, just as all of the other spirits are waiting until the time is right for the Lord's return. See - Rev.6:9-11 - when the 5th seal is opened, the souls of them that were slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held cry out in a loud voice and ask, How long, O Lord, holy and true, does thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? They are given white robes and told to rest yet for a little while until their fellowservants and their brethren that should be killed as they were should be fulfilled. You do not take on the appearance of an angel when you die. If you believe that you become an angel when you die, then you do not believe in the resurrection of the body.

You cannot be a human on earth, and when you die become an angel, and then when the resurrection occurs, then stop being an angel and become what we will appear when the resurrection occurs, of what we shall appear, we do not know, as it states in - Phil.3:21 - Who (The Lord Jesus Christ) shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, .... In I Cor.7:29, explains that, if you had a wife while you were living on earth, when you are resurrected, you will not have a wife, but you will serve the Lord. And Is.62:5, tells us, ...and [as] the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall God rejoice over thee. I have explained in the document, The Spirit Within Us and God's Discipline, that we are all espoused to one husband, The Lord Jesus Christ. It is a "spiritual" connection, we must think in terms of the spirit, and not reality or physical thing. Remember: God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth. - John 4:24. If we look at the next scripture, it may make things more clear.

I Cor.7:32-33 & 37 - But I (Paul) would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord: (33) But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please [his] wife. (37) Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.

We see also the same thing applies to women in -

I Cor.7:34 & 38 - There is difference [also] between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please [her] husband. (38) The wife is bound by they law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.

It is not a sin to marry, in fact the Bible says in -

Heb.13:4 - Marriage [is] honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulters God will judge.

However, it is better not to marry, or for a man not to touch a woman (or, a man), that is not to commit fornication or defile the bed.

Let us look at the scripture in -

I Cor.7:1-4, & 7-9 - Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: [It is] good for a man not to touch a woman. (2) Nevertheless, [to avoid] fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. (3) Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. (4) The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.(7) For I (Paul) would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. (8) I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I (Paul). (9) But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.

Now let me give you the meaning of the word "benevolence" -

#2133 benevolence - N.T. - from the same as #2132 - AV - benevolence, good will - 1) good will, kindness

from the same as #2132 - from a compound of #2095 and #3563 - AV - agree - 1) to wish (one) well; 2) to be well disposed, of a peaceable spirit

from a compound of #2095 - neuter of a primary eus (good) - AV - well, well done, good - 1) to be well off, fare well, prosper; 2) acting well

from a compound of #3563 - probably from the base of #1097 - AV - mind, understanding - 1) the mind, comprising alike the faculties of perceiving and understanding and those of feeling, judging, determining; 1a) the intellectual faculty, the understanding; 1b) reason in the narrower sense, as the capacity for spiritual truth, the higher powers of the soul, the faculty of perceiving divine things, of recognising goodness and of hating evil; 1c) the power of considering and judging soberly, calmly and impartially; 2) a particular mode of thinking and judging, i.e.. thoughts, feelings, purposes, desires

probably from the base of #1097 - a prolonged form of a primary verb - AV - know, perceive, understand - 1) to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel;1a) to become known; 2) to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of; 2a) to understand; 2b) to know; 3) Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman; 4) to become acquainted with, to know.

So "benevolence" means good will, kindness, acting well, reason in the narrower sense, as the capacity for spiritual truth, the higher powers of the soul, the faculty of perceiving divine things, of recognising goodness and of hating evil, to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of.

Let me give you the dictionary meaning for the word "idiom" - n - the dialect of a people, region, etc.; the usual way in which the words of a language are used to express thought; an accepted phrase or expression with a different meaning from the literal; a characteristic style as in music or art - from the Webster's New Dictionary and Thesaurus, 1990

Now let me give you the meaning for the word "contain" in I Cor.7:9 -

#1467 - contain - N.T. - middle voice from #1468 - AV - can contain, be temperate - 1) to be self-controlled, continent; 1a) to exhibit self-government, conduct, one's self temperately; 1b) in a fugure drawn from athlets, who in preparing themselves for the games abstained wfrom unwholesome food, wine, and sexual indulgence

middle voice from #1468 - from #1722 and #2904 - AV - temperate - 1) strong, robust; 2) having power over, possessed of (a thing); 3) mastering, controlling, curbing, restraining; 3a) controlling one's self, temperate, continent

from #1722 - a primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between #1519 and #1537) - AV - in, by, with, among, at, on, through - 1) in by with etc.

and from #2904 - perhaps a primary word - AV - power, dominion, strength, mighty + 2596; 1) force, strength; 2) power, might: mighty with great power; 2a) a mighty deed, a work of power; 3) dominion; For Synonyms see entry #5820

and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between #1519) - a primary preposition - AV - into, to, unto, for, in, on, toward, against - 1) into, unto, to towards, for among

and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), i.e. a relation of rest (intermediate between #1537) - primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence action or motion proceeds), from, out (of place, time, or cause; literal or figurative; - AV - of, from, out of, by, on, with - 1) out of, from, by, away from

So the word "contain" means - to exhibit self-government, conduct, one's self temperately; mastering, controlling, curbing, restraining; controlling one's self; to keep one out of, from, by, away from - evil

So the meaning of the scripture in I Cor.7:1-2 & 7-8 is - if you cannot self-govern, restrain or contain control of yourself or have dominion, or self-control over yourself and keep yourself from evil thoughts, then you can marry a member of the opposite sex and your spouse can help you refrain or curb you from evil ways, and help keep you on the straight and narrow path, the wife has power over the husband, or helps the husband, and the husband has power or helps the wife refrain from evil and/or helps them to reach the higher powers of the soul. The reason you marry, is because you do not have control over your own thoughts, or you cannot self-govern yourself and you are having trouble seeing and understanding what is evil, and/or, to help your spouse to reach the higher powers of the soul. It has nothing to do with sexual desires or pleasures.

The word "benevolence" should not be perceived as a Jewish "idiom" for sexual intercouse between a man and a woman. Most of us have probably been under the illusion that "due benevolence" meant sexual favours, but it does not, as we can see the meaning for the word "idiom" above. The Jewish meaning for the word benevolence, came about because man did not want to refrain from fornication. By using the Jewish meaning for the word benevolence, man then could have their own traditions, instead of following God's commandments.

Ps.19:8 - The statutes of the LORD [are] right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD [is] pure, enlightening the eyes.

Prov.30:5 & 12 - Every word of God [is] pure: he [is] a shield unto them that put their trust in him. (12) [There is] a generation [that are] pure in their own eyes, and [yet] is not washed from their filthiness.

I Tim.5:22 - Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure.

Titus 1:15 - Unto the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

I Peter 1:22 - Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently:

Paul did not marry. Please read all of I Cor. chapter 7 for yourself.

But, you can marry, if you cannot contain yourself or you cannot self-govern yourself - in other words, if you cannot refrain from lusting, or touching another person in a sinful way - committing adultery, fornication or lusting, or any of the works of the flesh, or you have trouble in seeing and understanding what is evil, then your spouse or companion can help you to master, control, curb, or restrain you and help you in recognising goodness and hating evil, however, it is better not to marry and to keep yourself pure.

As we will see in the next scripture, the body is NOT for fornication, but for the Lord, and every person who commits fornication sinneth against his own body. Let us take a look at the scripture in -

I Cor.6:13-20 - Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body [is] not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body. (14) And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. (15) Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make [them] the members of an harlot? God forbid. (16) What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he shall be one flesh.

The definition of a "harlot" has been given to you in Temples of God--Churches. Let me continue with - I Cor.13-20 starting with vs. -

(17) - But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. (18) Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (19) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. See - Temples of God--Churches; The First and Seventh Commandments; Heirs and Joint-Heirs with Christ.

God has given you a part of himself - your body is a temple of the Holy Ghost - so your body and your spirit are God's, therefore, that makes you a "little god," spelled with a small "g." I have explained this in The First and Seventh Commandments. But, when you marry, God is no longer first in your mind, your spouse and/or your children will be first in your thoughts.

While we are here on earth, we are a "spirit" in the making of becoming a leader, like Jesus Christ, but in order to become a leader, you must learn to follow the commandments that God has given us. You cannot become a leader in the kingdom of God/heaven, if you do not follow the laws; Jesus told us he did not come to changes one tittle of the law but to fulfill the law. He is the only one who has not broken any of the commandments - Jesus lived a righteous life, and that is what we are to strive for - to live a righteous life just as Jesus did.

The next scripture contains the phrase which got me started in this study, "marrying and giving in marriage," let us take a look at -

Matt.24:38 - For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe (Noah) entered into the ark

Luke 17:26-27 - And as it was in the days of Noe, (Noah) so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. (27) They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

Sounds to me, they were having a very good time among themselves, that is, there were enjoying their own pleasures, and were not keeping themselves pure.

as in the days that were before the flood - Matt.24:38

Gen.6:2-3 - That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they [were] fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. (3) And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also [is] flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

Gen.7:1 - And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation

I Peter - 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. - See - Born Again (or, From Above.)

Also, read the following scripture for yourself, Gen.6:9; Luke 19:42-44

My spirit shall not always strive with man - Gen.6:3

Gal.5:16-17 - [This] I (Paul) say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. - See - The True Vine for a list of the "works of the flesh."

before me in this generation - Gen.7:1

Ps.33:18-19 - Behold the eye of the LORD [is] upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; (19) To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.

II Peter 2:9 - The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgement to be punished:

Notice in the above scripture the word "godly" has been written with a small "g" and is referring to humans - to deliver the "godly" or, righteous humans out of temptations.

are as the angels which are in heaven - Mark 12:25

See - I Cor.7:29 above

I Cor.15:42, 49, 52 - So also [is] the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: (49) And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall so bear the image of the heavenly. (52) In the moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. - See - Born Again (or, From Above.)

Let me explain a couple of things, when you die, (that is, you are no longer breathing,) your spirit returns to God who gave it to you. Let us take a moment to look at that scripture again in -

Eccl.12:7 - Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

God created or, made man from the dust of the ground - See - Gen.2:7

Let me continue explaining the scripture in I Cor.15 above. Now many people believe that when you die you go off to heaven and you become an angel. But the only one who has ascended to heaven, is he who has come down from heaven - Jesus Christ, also if you believe that you go to heaven and become an angel when you die, then you must not believe in the resurrection. Because when the resurrection occurs, at the last trump all will be made alive again, - I Cor.15:21-22, and if you do not believe in the resurrection then your faith is vain and you are yet still in your sins - I Cor.15:16-17.6-17.

God gives each of us our own body as it pleases him - I Cor.15:38-41 which we cannot change to something else, (eg. an angel when we die/expire.) When you die, your body returns to dust and your spirit returns to God, and what happens to your spirit during the period of time before the resurrection, I cannot really tell you. In Rev.6:9 - it tells us when the Lamb opened the fifth seal, John saw the altar, the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held. It goes on to say in vs. (11), that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they [were] should be fulfilled.

So when you die, your spirit has some sense of what is going on, because they are told to wait, or rest, for a little while until their fellow servants and brethren are killed as they were, however, you do NOT become an angel. For this to happen it would mean that you start out as a human being, then when you die, you became an angel, then when the resurrection occurred, you change again. So you see, you cannot become an angel when you die -- it is a nice thought perhaps, but it does not happen. Also, humans judge angels in this life, or while they are a human, this would mean that if you became an angel when you died you take a step down in superiority. Let us look at the scripture in -

I Cor.6:3 - Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

The bad angels, or spirits are the rulers of darkness, Satan/Lucifer/the devil/the dragon - "is the prince of the power of the air," and now works in the children of disobedience, in whom we all had our conversations with fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind. Let us look at the scripture in -

Eph.2:2-3 - Where in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (3) Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

When you take yours eyes, or your mind, off the Lord, you will sink, or you fall back into allowing the evil spirits - the works of the flesh, to enter into your mind. It is a constant battle to keep Satan or the evil spirits out of your mind. It is up to you to overcome, conquer and gain the victory over the works of the flesh. See - Four Horses of Revelation for an explanation of the words/phrase - "conquer," "overcome" and "gain the victory" also see - The True Vine for a list of the "works of the flesh." If you ask for the Lord's help, he will help you, but it is up to you to follow the ways of the Lord - the fruits of the Spirit and to keep the commandments of God. - See - Ten Commandments also see - The First and Seventh Commandment.

Now it seems that I have gotten a bit side-tracked, but you needed to know and understand the meaning of the phrase(s), ...are as the angels which are in heaven - Mark 12:25, and ...are as the angels - Matt.22:30. The "good angels" do NOT marry, they "glorified" the Lord, however the "bad angels" did not keep their first estate, let us look at the scripture in -

Jude 6 - And the angels which kept not their first estate, (principality), but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

the angels which kept not their first estate - Jude 6

Matt.8:29 - And, behold they (the devils/evil spirits/"bad angels") cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come thither to torment us before the time?

II Peter 2:4 - For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast [them] down to hell, (Gr. Tartarus), and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

the angels - II Peter 2:4

Job 4:18 - Behold, he (God) put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly, (or, nor in his angels, in whom he God put light).

Also see Jude 6 above again.

that sinned - II Peter 2:4

John 8:44 - Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he (the devil/serpent) is a liar, and the father of it. - See Mark of the Beast--666 for an explanation of the word/phrase, "lied" and "he was a murderer".

I John 3:8 - He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

The "sin" is following the "works of the flesh." - See The True Vine

It says in the above scripture, I John 3:8, that "...the devil (the serpent) sinneth from the beginning...." The devil/serpent is also known as Lucifer, and he became enamoured with himself. - See - Is.14:12-18

Let us look at the definition for the word,

manifested #5319 - N.T. - from #5318 - AV - make manifest, appear, manifest, show, be manifest, show (one's) self, manifestly declare, manifest forth - 1) to make manifest or visible or known what has been hidden or unknown, to manifest, whether by words, or deeds, or in any other way, a) make actual and visible, realised; b) to make known by teaching; c) to become manifest, be made known; d) of a person; 1.1) expose to view, make manifest, to show one's self, appear;e) to become known, to be plainly recognised, thoroughly understood; 1.1.1) who and what one is

from #5318 - from #5316 - AV - manifest, openly + 1722 + 3588, known, abroad + 1519; spread abroad, outwardly + 1722 + 3588, outward, appear - 1) apparent, manifest, evident, known; 2) manifest i.e. to be plainly recognised or known

from #5316 - prolongation for the base of #5457 - AV - appear, shine, be seen, seem, think - 1) to bring forth into the light, cause to shine, shed light; 2) shine; a) to shine, be bright or resplendent; b) to become evident, to be brought forth into the light, come to view, appear; 2.1) of growing vegetation, to come to light; 2.2 to appear, be seen; 2.3) exposed to view; 2c) to meet the eyes, strike the sight, become clear or manifest; 2c.1) to be seen, appear; 2d) to appear to the mind, seem to one's judgment or opinion

prolongation for the base of #5457 - from an obsolete phao (to shine or make manifest, especially by rays cf #5316, #5346 - AV - light, fire - 1) light; a) the light; 1a1) emitted by a lamp; 1a2) a heavenly light such as surrounds angels when they appear on earth; b) anything emitting light; 1b1) a star; 1b2) fire because it is light and sheds light; 1b3) a lamp or torch; c) light, i.e. brightness; 1c1)of a lamp; 2) metaph.; 2a) God is light because light has the extremely delicate, subtle, pure, brilliant quality; 2b) of truth and its knowledge, together with the spiritual purity associated with it; 2c) that which is exposed to the view of all, openly, publicly; 2d) reason, mind; 2d1) the power of understanding esp. moral and spiritual truth - for synonyms see entry #5817

from an obsolete phao (to shine or make manifest, especially by rays #5346 - properly, the same as the base of #5457 and #5316 given above - AV - say, affirm - 1) to make known one's thought, to declare; 2) to say

The Son of God was "manifested," that is he came in person/appeared, for the purpose to make known by teaching what was hidden or unknown, whether by words, or deeds, or in any other way, to be plainly understood, especially moral and spiritual truth, which is what he stood for.

Go back and re-read I John 3:8 above again.

Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, was made/manifested/born as a human, he came to show us how to live a righteous life and that it could be done without using super Godly powers, (which Jesus gave up before he came down to earth), but with the powers that we have all been given - the power to cast out evil spirits from our minds - the same as Jesus did with Satan at the end of the forty days and forty night, and the tempter came, Jesus told Satan to "get thee hence" - Matt.4:3 & 10. However, some of the people did not want to believe his message, they thought Jesus was going to change the law, or change the way which people were going to be able to live their lives, so they would not have to keep the commandments. But, Jesus told them that he did not come to change one tittle of the law but to uphold it. Let us take a look at the scripture in -

Matt.5:18-20 - For verily I (Jesus) say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. (19) Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them,] the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (20) For I (Jesus) say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Luke 16:17-18 - The law and the prophets [were] until John: (John the Baptist,) since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. (17) And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. (18) Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from [her] husband committeth adultery.

Remember the first scripture that I started with, I will repeat it again here -

Is.54:5 - For thy Maker [is] thine husband: the LORD of hosts [is] his name: and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. - see - Rom.3:29.

Remember, it is a spiritual connection with the Lord - that is what we are - spirit. We strive to be one with the Lord, the same as the Lord Jesus is one with the God the Father. Also remember: God formed the first Adam of the dust of the ground, and so, your body, or your fleshly body when you die/expire, returns to the dust of the ground, but your spirit returns to the one who gave it - God. Let us look at the scripture in -

John 4:24 - God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and in truth.

John 10:30 - I (Jesus) and [my] Father are one.

Eccl.12:7 - Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

To think that your body is of great important to God is just vanity, you may think that your body is important to you, but this too, is vanity. Let us look at the next scripture that follows in -

Eccl.12:8 - Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all [is] vanity.

Yes, you need to take care of your physical body while you are here on earth, it is the vessel the Lord put your "spirit" into, we need to try to keep it in good heath, if you are in pain, or you have fallen and broken a bone you need to have it looked after, but we do not need to go to extremes for physical attractiveness. God is only interested in your "spirit" body, not our physical body and how attractive we think we are, or want to be.

Let us look at the definition for the word -

tempter - #3985 - N.T. - from #3984 - AV - tempt, try, tempter, prove, assay, examine, go about - 1) to try whether a thing can be done; 1a) to attempt, endeavour; 2) to try, make trial of, test: for the purpose of ascertaining his quantity, or what he thinks, or how he will behave himself; 2a) in a good sense; 2b) in a bad sense, to test one maliciously, craftily to put to the proof his feelings or judgments; 2c) to try or test one's faith, virtue, character, by enticement to sin; 2c1) to solicit to sin, to tempt; 2c1a) of the temptations of the devil; 2d) after the OT usage; 2d1) of God: to inflict evils upon one in order to prove is character and the steadfastness of his faith; 2d2) men are said to tempt God by exhibitions of distrust, as though they wished to try whether he is not justly distrusted; 2d3) by impious or wicked conduct to test God's justice and patience, and to challenge him, as it were to give proof of his perfections.

from #3984 - from the base of #4008 (through the idea of piercing) - AV - assay + 2983, trial; - 1) a trial, experience, attempt; 2) to attempt a thing, to make trial of a thing or of a person; 3) to have a trial of a thing; 4) to experience, learn to know by experience

from the base of #4008 (through the idea of piercing) - root word - apparently accusative case of an obsolete derivative of peiro (to "pierce") - AV - other side, beyond, over, on the side, farther side - 1) beyond, on the other side.

We are tried or tested often to see how we will react, however, some tests are more difficult and of a longer indurance than others, it is up to you to keep your eyes and mind on the Lord, to conquer, overcome, and gain the victory over the ways of the flesh - the ways of the devil/Satan/Lucifer/the dragon. Let me show you using scripture, that we are tried, but not tempted.

James 1:12-16 - Blessed [is] the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (13) Let no man (person) say when he (or, she) is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempted he any man (or, person): (14) But every man (person) is tempted, when he (or, she) is drawn away of his (or, her) own lust, and enticed. (15) Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth dead (spiritual death). (16) Do not err, my beloved brethren.

See - The First and Seventh Commandment, for a better understanding that we are little "gods" in the making, provided we follow all of God's commandments and praise and glorify God the Father here on earth, and a "god" cannot be tempted. Yes, it is hard and often difficult to resist some of the trials we are given, but it is up to you to cast the works of the flesh out of your mind. You have the power to resist if you want to, it is all up to you - resist or, give in to the ways of the flesh.

Let me continue with the phrase "that sinned" in II Peter 2:4 and let us pay close attention to what it says in this next scripture.

Luke 20:34-35 - And Jesus answering said unto them, (the Sadducees), The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: (35) But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

Read the above verses again, in this world the children marry and are given in marriage, BUT they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage.

You are not suppose to marry, but you are to glorify the Lord, just as the "good angels" which kept their first estate so are we to keep ours, and our first estate is to glorify the Lord - it is NOT to marry and/or please ourselves.

Let me give you a few scriptures to show you that we are to "glorify" the Lord.

Ps.50:23 - Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth [his] conversation [aright] will I shew the salvation of God.

Ps.86:9 & 12 - All nations (or, people) whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name. (12) I will praise thee, O Lord my God with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.

Is.25:3 - Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee, the city of the terrible nations (or, people) shall fear thee.

Jer.9:24 - But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I [am] the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, in the earth: for in these [things] I delight, saith the LORD.

Matt.5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

John 14:13-14 - And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, (the Lord Jesus Christ), that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (14) If ye shall ask anything in my name, (the Lord Jesus Christ), I (God) will do [it.]

Rom.15:6 - That ye may with one mind [and] one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I Cor.1:31 - That according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

I Cor.6:18-20 - Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (19) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's - See - Temples of God--Churches

II Cor.10:17 - But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

II Thes.1:12 - That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I Peter 4:11 - If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

I Peter 4:14-16 - If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye;] for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. (15) But let none of you suffer as a murderer or [as] a thief, or [as] an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. (16) Yet if [any man (person) suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on his behalf.

Rev.15:4 - Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for nations (or, people) shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

There are many more scriptures which contain the word "glory," "glorify," "glorieth" etc., but you should be able to clearly see, that we are to glorify God. This is our purpose - to glorify God, it is NOT to do the works of the flesh which may give us pleasure or satisfy ourselves in this world or life time. The whole purpose of God giving (the first) Adam and the woman (Eve) the commandment, not to eat of the tree of good and evil was so they would not frollick with each other - they were not to have sexual pleasure with each other, nor were they to lust with each other or with the serpent/Satan/the devil/the dragon. They were to obey God's one and only commandment. Read Genesis, chapters 2 and 3 for yourself. Also see - The Spirit Within Us and God's Discipline {Perhaps at some point God would have given them permission to have sexual contact with each other, but at the time when he put them in the Garden of Eden he had not given them permission.}

Now let me explain a couple more phrases.

the spirit of glory - I Peter 4:14

Matt.10:20 - For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

II Cor.12:9 - And he (the Lord) said unto me, (Paul), My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

let him glorify God on his behalf - I Peter 4:16

Acts 5:41 - And when they (the apostles) departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.


Continued in Part II found here - "...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part II



The Spirit Within Us and God's Discipline
The First and Seventh Commandments
Temples of God--Churches
Born Again (or, From Above)
The True Vine
Four Horses of Revelation
Ten Commandments
Lake of Fire/Furnace of Fire and Brimstone
Judgment, the First Resurrection and the Second Death
Mark of the Beast--666
Four Sore Judgments
Sword of the Spirit--Word of God
Heir and Joint-Heir With Christ
"...Marrying and Giving in Marriage...." - Part II
The Root or Stem of Jesse--A Righteous Branch/Holy One/Saviour--Jesus Christ
Parable of the Ten Virgins--Wise and Foolish


Let us end this Bible study with a prayer - O God thy heavenly Father, please help me to be a better person each day, to follow the commandments, and help me to strive each day to be more in thy presence, in Jesus name I ask. Amen.



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