The Bible Pages, key-word index, section Ichthus to Inherit
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Section I to Inherit (the other sections → key00.htm)
- Some churches have something they call ichthus (also spelled ichthys), either as a written word, or as a symbol depicting a fish.
- In the Greek text of the New Testament, the word ichthus (ιχθυς, “fish”) occurs in around 18 passages, from Matthew 7:10 to 1 Corinthians 15:39, and it always refers to literal fish.
- In the Greek Septuagint version (LXX), the word ichthus is used as a translation of the Hebrew words dag and dagah.
- Consider even the fish-god Dagon, Judges 16:23, et cetera.
- Some have talked about “Jesus fish”, claiming that ichthus supposedly is an acronym formed of the Greek words Iêsous Christos Theou Huios Sôtêr (Jesus the Messiah, Son of God, Saviour). But, that is a smokescreen which is used for making people worship idols. Those who have studied these things in more depth, know that both the fish-symbol and the old Greek word ichthus which meant “fish”, in all likelihood refer to the (Babylonian) “fish-god” Oannes. More: It is interesting to compare Oannes with the fish-god Dagon (Judges 16:23, 1 Samuel 5:2–7, 1 Chronicles 10:10) who in mythology sometimes is seen as the father of the sun-god Baal. Just as ichthus, even the word dagon meant “fish”. Those things point to sinister things, ultimately Satan.
Idle, idleness – Paul to the saints in Thessalonica: “Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus the Messiah, to withdraw yourselves from every brother who leads an idle life, instead of living according to the instruction you received from us.” (2 Thessalonians 3:6) → naa100.htm – nma030.htm
- The English word “idol” comes, via the Late Latin noun idolum, from the old Greek noun eidôlon which referred to such things as “form” and “image”.
- The practical meaning of the word “idol” is “something that is worshipped”.
- Examples of New Testament passages where the Greek text refers to idols or idolatry: Acts 7:41 and 15:20 and 29, 17:16 and 21:25, 1 Corinthians 5:11 and 6:9, Ephesians 5:5, 1 John 5:21 and Revelation 22:15.
- Could the saints sit in idol-temples, or eat and drink things that were offered (dedicated) to idols? On 1 Corinthians 8:1–12 and 10:14–32 and their translation and meaning. → nha020.htm
- The town Ephesus and idol worship. → naa140.htm
- Acts 15 and the matter of idols. → noa040.htm
- Some twist Colossians 2 and use it in an effort to defend the keeping of idol-related religious high days. → noa070.htm
- Christmas is idolatry. → nwa050.htm
- The Tyndale translation contains the noun “church” in only two passages – in both cases, as a reference to buildings connected to idol-worship. → nga060.htm
- Look also above, under the heading “Ichthus”.
- “The image of the beast”. → nwa030.htm
- “The new man, who is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of his Creator” (Colossians 3:10). → nba050.htm
- Paul to the saints in Corinth: “Just as we have borne the image of the man made of dust, we will also bear the image of the heavenly man”. (1 Corinthians 15:49.) → nba050.htm
- The temple in Jerusalem was decorated with images of keruwbim. What were they? → nda010.htm
- Look also above, under the heading “Idols, idolatry”.
- Word origin: The English word “immortal” comes from the Latin adjective immortalis which really means “not dying”. (In, “not” + mortalis, “subject to death”, from mors, mortis, “death”.)
- In other words, “immortal” is the same as “not subject to death”. But, consider even the following:
- There are two kinds of immortality. Someone who does not have to die but can under certain prerequisites go on living without end, can be called “immortal” – but, that is not the same as the immortality of someone who simply cannot die.
- The Bible does not contain the concept “immortal soul”. Humans are mortal. That is why we need salvation. Lasting life is something that only God can give to us. (The talk about an “immortal souls” is unbiblical, apparently of Catholic origin.)
- Are angels immortal, in the meaning that they cannot die? → nda020.htm
- Immortality and the tree of life in Heaven. → (nda020.htm)
- The immortal ekklêsia or assembly which Jesus said he would form (Matthew 16:18) – does it consist of persons who have become immortals, or is it, as some claim, an earthly religious organisation, a “church”? → naa010.htm
- For more, see the other parts of this multi-page index, or use the search function.
Incense, frankincense, censer, censers
- The Old Covenant’s rituals in the sanctuary included incense, which consisted of olive oil mixed with aromatic spices and herbs, and it was burned either on the altar of incense, or, in the case of certain ceremonies, in a censer (small fire-pan), in order to produce aromatic fumes/smoke.
- The word “incense” comes from the Latin verb incendere, “to set on fire”.
- Frankincense was “noble” incense, or incense of highest quality; it was used in connection with some of the Old Covenant’s rituals.
- The New Covenant has no such things. The saints did not have any mortal priests or burning of incense or altars or sacrifices or offerings. In short: It would be wrong to burn incense, for some “religious purpose”. The article naa040.htm has some notes on this; look also under the heading “Candles”.
- On how the saints took care of the elderly and the infirm among them. → nma070.htm
- On what the apostle Paul meant when he said to the elders from Ephesus, “I have shown you in everything, that by working hard like this, we must support the infirm”. → nma020.htm
- Look also under the heading “Good works”.
Inheritance, inheritors, heirs
- The ancient Israelites received the earthly Promised Land, as an inheritance. The Lord had promised the patriarch Abraham that he would give that land to his descendants. And so, the right to that land was inherited (through Abraham’s son Isaac and grandson Jacob and his sons), by “the children of Israel”, that is, the descendants of Jacob whose other name was Israel. They took possession of that land of their inheritance, when they entered it by crossing the river Jordan (see Joshua 3, 4 and 5). Their inheritance, which consisted of the Promised Land, was also called their “rest” (see Deuteronomy 12:9 and Joshua 1:15 and 22:4).
- The saints’ promised inheritance and rest consisted of a better, heavenly land. → nba040.htm – nxa100.htm
- Inheritance in ancient times: How birthright affected the sharing of an inheritance between a man’s sons. → nya040.htm
- Jacob’s birthright, and that of his son Joseph. What did the word “birthright” really mean and refer to, in regard to inheritance, in Old Testament times? → nya040.htm
- A note: The English word “clergy” comes from the Greek word klêrikos, from klêros which meant “lot”, “inheritance”. Some preachers (“clergymen”) have claimed or felt that they have somehow “inherited” the lot which the tribe of Levi had under the Old Covenant. Is that correct? → nsa070.htm
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