The Bible Pages, key-word index, section Fables to Firstlings
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Section Fables to Firstlings (the other sections → rkw011.htm)
Fables – The apostle Paul told Titus to tell certain people not to listen to Jewish fables and precepts of men who turn away from the truth. → rea052.htm
Fabulous – On the fabulous creatures (“dragons”, “satyrs” and so on) which appear in some bible-translations. → rda032.htm
Faith, faithful, faithfulness
- The English word “faith” comes via the Old French feid from the Latin noun fides which means “trust”, “reliance”, “confidence” and so on (related to the verb fido). But, the New Testament manuscripts are written in Greek and not Latin. When English translations have “faith”, the Greek text has for the most part pistis which in old Greek meant “trust in others”, “persuasion of a thing”, “confidence”, “assurance”, and also, “trustworthiness”, “faithfulness”, “honesty” and so on. For more on the matter of “faith”, see the article rba092.htm.
- Is faith the same as “believing that God exists”, as some say? → rba092.htm
- Churches and preachers produce “statements of faith” and doctrines, dogmas and tenets, and claim them to be “the truth”. But who has the “true faith” or “correct dogmas”? → rsa082.htm – rsa061.htm – rsa052.htm
- The saints’ faith had very little do with what the word “faith” refers to in the religious language of our day. → rba092.htm
- Galatians 2:16, “a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ”. → roa112.htm
- The apostle Paul wrote to the saints in Galatia, “this is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by hearing with faith?” (Galatians 3:2) → rca082.htm
- Faith and good works: “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled’, but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.” (James 2:14–17.) → roa112.htm
- Galatians 3:24–25 – “So the law has been our tutor-slave our pedagogue to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith; but now that the faith is come, we are no longer under a tutor-slave.” (CT) → roa112.htm
- On Hebrews 10:23 and the translation “the profession of our faith” which can easily confuse the reader. → rba092.htm
- For more, see the other parts of this multi-page index, or use the search function.
- Where the NT part of the 1769 King James version has “husbandman” or “husbandmen”, that is a translation of the Greek noun geôrgos which means “farmer”, “cultivator”.
- The Old Covenant had a tithe system. It was always the farmers who set aside the tithe, not the consumers. (The tithe was only on the agricultural produce of the Promised Land.) → rma012.htm
- John 15 – what did Jesus mean when he said to his disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the farmer” and “I am the vine, you are the branches”? → raa112.htm
Fast – On the Old Covenant’s special day of fasting, the Day of Atonement, and its symbolism. → rxa042.htm
- Regarding God the Father, look under the heading “God”.
- Turning the hearts of the children to the fathers (Malachi 4:5–6). → rta022.htm
- On the title “Father” (“padre”, “papa”, “pope”), if used in the religious context. → raa081.htm
- On the title “Sir” (from sire, “father”), if used in the religious context. → raa081.htm
- On the title “Patriarch” (“chief father”), if used in the religious context. → raa081.htm
- Jesus said that Satan is the father of lying (John 8:44). → roa051.htm
- Father Christmas. → rwa051.htm
Feasts – Regarding the Old Covenant’s annual feasts or high days, look under the heading “High days”.
- Caring for one’s fellow human beings. – Look under the heading “Good works”.
- Did the elders in the saints’ fellowships act as “leaders”? → rea032.htm
- What kind of people were the saints told to mark and avoid and cast out and deny fellowship to? → raa102.htm
- Did the saints deny people fellowship, on “doctrinal grounds”? → raa102.htm
- Monetary things in connection with religious fellowships. – Look under the heading “Money”.
- Look also under the heading “Assembly”.
Festivals – Look under the heading “High days”.
Fidelity – Look above, under the heading “Faith”.
Fifteen, fifteenth – Look under the heading “15”.
Fifth – Look under the heading “5”.
Fifty, fiftieth – Look under the heading “50, 50th”.
Finland – Some writers have claimed that the Finnish people are Israelites, “the tribe of Issachar”. Is that true? → rya091.htm
- The continually burning, light-giving fire in the menorah in the Old Covenant’s sanctuary was produced by burning olive oil. There were no candles in the temple; oil lamps were used. Many bible-versions contain such words as “candles” or “candlesticks”, but that is not correct. The menorah in the sanctuary was a lamp-stand where olive oil flowed through ducts into seven fires. – Look also under the headings “Menorah” and “Candles”.
- Aaron’s sons Abihu and Nadab died, because they brought in strange fire into the sanctuary (Leviticus 10:1–2).
- Revelation 14:10 – will some humans be tormented in “fire and brimstone”, “for ever and ever”? → rta071.htm
- Look also under the heading “Burn, burned, burning”.
- First (1, 1st), in book names
- “First”, in different connections and expressions
- “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). What did Jesus mean? In what way were the disciples to “seek the Kingdom of God”? → roa102.htm
- The Scriptures symbolically describe Jesus as the first stone, the main stone of the foundation of God’s spiritual dwelling. But some say that he is “the last stone”, to be placed on top of a pyramid. Really how is it with that matter? → raa052.htm
- “The first man Adam became a living being; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit” (1 Corinthians 15:45). → rba051.htm
- Initially, the agreement which was made by Mount Sinai (the Old Covenant) stipulated that the Israelites were to give their firstborn sons to the Lord’s service (Exodus 13:2, et cetera). But, the first-born sons were replaced by the tribe of Levi. The Levites were partially supported by a tithe system; this meant that they came to share a certain part of the other tribes’ agricultural produce. → (rma012.htm)
- In old times, firstborn sons had a special right in regard to inheritance, “birthright”. → rya042.htm
- Reuben was the patriarch Jacob’s firstborn child, but because of an offence, the birthright was taken from him and given to Joseph. → rya042.htm
- Jesus became the “first-fruit” (1 Corinthians 15:20 and 22). → rba082.htm
- The firstfruits group of 144000 of Revelation 14:4 – who were they? → rta032.htm
- The first-born ones’ festal gathering of Hebrews 12:23 – Greek panêgurei kai ekklêsia prôtotokôn en ouranois apogegrammenôn, “the festal gathering and assembly of the firstborn ones registered in Heaven” – what time and place did those words refer to? → rba043.htm
- The Old Covenant’s “Feast of Harvest of First-fruits”, also called “Pentecost”. → rxa022.htm
- (This has to do with the Old Covenant.)
- Originally, the Israelites were to give their “firstlings” to the Lord, to his service. This referred to the first-born ones of both humans and cattle. But, that arrangement was replaced by the Levite system.
- See also under the heading “Levites”.
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