The Black List of God’s Kingdom Part 3


7. Thieves: This word means: “Steals by fraud and in secret or by violence and openly. This word also means a false teachers or deceivers who steal men away from the truth[1]” John 10:8 tells us:

 

“All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” NKJV

 8.  Covetous: This word means: “To be covetous. One who wants more, a person covetous of something that others have.” This person is not at peace until he has what others have. This is a direct reference to the 10th commandment. We must learn, as Christians to find joy and peace with what we have. In Philippians 4:11-12 the Apostle Paul tells us:

 

11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” NKJV

 

We have the tendency to ignored this commandment, however the violation of this commandment is the reason we have so many wars and fights according to James 4:1-3

“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” NKJV

 9. Drunkard: A person addicted to wine. A person who gives his or herself to any substance that affects our minds and reasoning.

 

10. Revilers: To find a definition for this word was a challenge, but basically this word means: “Criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner.” (Aa Dictionary) The Greek word basically means a blasphemer and an insulter. Blasphemy can be defined as Profanity. This is a person that has a life style of the usage of profanity.The word Insult can be defined as abuse, offense, rudeness, etc. Again, immature Christians can be led to believe that is ok to be a little insulting at times if provoked enough.

 11. Swindlers:   This is the Greek word: “Hárpax; rapacious (Greedy), given to rapacity or extortion, an extortioner (Luke 18:11; 1 Cor. 5:10, 11; 6:10). This is basically a greedy, destructive and predatory person.[2]

TO BE CONTINUED…


[1] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

[2] Zodhiates, S. (2000). The complete word study dictionary: New Testament (electronic ed.). Chattanooga, TN: AMG Publishers.

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