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This Chapter "Understanding in Christ" contains 5 topics,

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How to understand the personality of God
How to receive understanding
What is the fear of the Lord?
What is the sovereignty of God
How to grasp eternity


How to understand the Personality of God

Job 42:2 I know that You can do all things, and that no thought {or} purpose of Yours can be restrained {or} thwarted.

Ezek 17:24 And all the trees of the field shall know (understand and realize) that I the Lord have brought low the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree flourish. I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.

Matt 21:42 Jesus asked them, Have you never read in the Scriptures: The very Stone which the builders rejected {and} threw away has become the Cornerstone; this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?

Ps 103:13 As a father loves {and} pities his children, so the Lord loves {and} pities those who fear Him [with reverence, worship, and awe].
Ps 103:14 For He knows our frame, He [earnestly] remembers {and} imprints [on His heart] that we are dust.

Matt 7:11 If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good {and} advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good {and} advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!

Rom 2:10 But glory and honor and [heart] peace shall be awarded to everyone who [habitually] does good, the Jew first and also the Greek (Gentile).
Rom 2:11 For God shows no partiality [undue favor or unfairness; with Him one man is not different from another].

1 Cor 1:25 [This is] because the foolish thing [that has its source in] God is wiser than men, and the weak thing [that springs] from God is stronger than men.

Ps 147:5 Great is our Lord and of great power; His understanding is inexhaustible {and} boundless.

Ps 145:3 Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; and His greatness is [so vast and deep as to be] unsearchable.

Ps 145:8 The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in mercy {and} loving-kindness.
Ps 145:9 The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works [the entirety of things created].

Heb 12:28 Let us therefore, receiving a kingdom that is firm {and} stable {and} cannot be shaken, offer to God pleasing service {and} acceptable worship, with modesty {and} pious care and godly fear {and} awe;
Heb 12:29 For our God [is indeed] a consuming fire.

1 John 1:9 If we [freely] admit that we have sinned {and} confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

Ps 30:5 For His anger is but for a moment, but His favor is for a lifetime {or} in His favor is life. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Ps 78:72 So [David] was their shepherd with an upright heart; he guided them by the discernment {and} skillfulness [which controlled] his hands.

John 13:5 Then He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the [servant's] towel with which He was girded.

John 13:14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher (Master), have washed your feet, you ought [it is your duty, you are under obligation, you owe it] to wash one another's feet.

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How to receive understanding

Ps 111:10 The reverent fear {and} worship of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom {and} skill [the preceding and the first essential, the prerequisite and the alphabet]; a good understanding, wisdom, {and} meaning have all those who do [the will of the Lord]. Their praise of Him endures forever. [Job. 28:28; Prov. 1:7; Matt. 22:37, 38; Rev. 14:7.]

Prov 8:14 I have counsel and sound knowledge, I have understanding, I have might {and} power.

Prov 16:22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to those who have it, but to give instruction to fools is folly.

Prov 9:6 Leave off, simple ones [forsake the foolish and simpleminded] and live! And walk in the way of insight {and} understanding.

Prov 16:16 How much better it is to get skillful {and} godly Wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.
Prov 16:17 The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; he who guards his way preserves his life.

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets.
Amos 3:8 The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?

James 1:5 If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally {and} ungrudgingly, without reproaching {or} faultfinding, and it will be given him.

Ps 119:27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts; so shall I meditate on {and} talk of Your wondrous works.

Ps 119:34 Give me understanding, that I may keep Your law; yes, I will observe it with my whole heart.

Ps 119:73 Your hands have made me, cunningly fashioned {and} established me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.

Ps 119:98 You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my enemies, for [Your words] are ever before me.

Ps 119:104 Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.

Ps 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Prov 2:3 Yes, if you cry out for insight and raise your voice for understanding,
Prov 2:4 If you seek [Wisdom] as for silver and search for skillful {and} godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures,
Prov 2:5 Then you will understand the reverent {and} worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of [our omniscient] God.
Prov 2:6 For the Lord gives skillful {and} godly Wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Prov 2:7 He hides away sound {and} godly Wisdom {and} stores it for the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with Him); He is a shield to those who walk uprightly {and} in integrity,
Prov 2:8 That He may guard the paths of justice; yes, He preserves the way of His saints.
Prov 2:9 Then you will understand righteousness, justice, and fair dealing [in every area and relation]; yes, you will understand every good path.
Prov 2:10 For skillful {and} godly Wisdom shall enter into your heart, and knowledge shall be pleasant to you.
Prov 2:11 Discretion shall watch over you, understanding shall keep you,

Prov 4:5 Get skillful {and} godly Wisdom, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation); do not forget and do not turn back from the words of my mouth.
Prov 4:6 Forsake not [Wisdom], and she will keep, defend, {and} protect you; love her, and she will guard you.
Prov 4:7 The beginning of Wisdom is: get Wisdom (skillful and godly Wisdom)! [For skillful {and} godly Wisdom is the principal thing.] And with all you have gotten, get understanding (discernment, comprehension, and interpretation).

Prov 15:14 The mind of him who has understanding seeks knowledge and inquires after {and} craves it, but the mouth of the [self-confident] fool feeds on folly.

Prov 15:21 Folly is pleasure to him who is without heart {and} sense, but a man of understanding walks uprightly [making straight his course].

Prov 15:32 He who refuses {and} ignores instruction {and} correction despises himself, but he who heeds reproof gets understanding.
Prov 15:33 The reverent {and} worshipful fear of the Lord brings instruction in Wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

1 Cor 2:11 For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man's thoughts except the man's own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
1 Cor 2:12 Now we have not received the spirit [that belongs to] the world, but the [Holy] Spirit Who is from God, [given to us] that we might realize {and} comprehend {and} appreciate the gifts [of divine favor and blessing so freely and lavishly] bestowed on us by God.
1 Cor 2:13 And we are setting these truths forth in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the [Holy] Spirit, combining {and} interpreting spiritual truths with spiritual language [to those who possess the Holy Spirit].

Isaiah 55:3 Incline your ear [submit and consent to the divine will] and come to Me; hear, and your soul will revive; and I will make an everlasting covenant {or} league with you, even the sure mercy (kindness, goodwill, and compassion) promised to David.

Isaiah 55:6 Seek, inquire for, {and} require the Lord while He may be found [claiming Him by necessity and by right]; call upon Him while He is near.

Isaiah 55:8 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord.
Is 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

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What is the fear of the Lord?

Ps 145:17 The Lord is [rigidly] righteous in all His ways and gracious {and} merciful in all His works.
Ps 145:18 The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him sincerely {and} in truth.
Ps 145:19 He will fulfill the desires of those who reverently {and} worshipfully fear Him; He also will hear their cry and will save them.

Ps 147:10 He delights not in the strength of the horse, nor does He take pleasure in the legs of a man.
Ps 147:11 The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently {and} worshipfully fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy {and} loving-kindness.

Prov 2:4 If you seek [Wisdom] as for silver and search for skillful {and} godly Wisdom as for hidden treasures,
Prov 2:5 Then you will understand the reverent {and} worshipful fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of [our omniscient] God.

Prov 9:10 The reverent {and} worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning (the chief and choice part) of Wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight {and} understanding.

Prov 15:15 All the days of the desponding {and} afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances].

Prov 15:33 The reverent {and} worshipful fear of the Lord brings instruction in Wisdom, and humility comes before honor.

Prov 1:7 The reverent {and} worshipful fear of the Lord is the beginning {and} the principal {and} choice part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence]; but fools despise skillful {and} godly Wisdom, instruction, {and} discipline.

Prov 19:23 The reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it rests satisfied; he cannot be visited with [actual] evil.

Mal 3:16 Then those who feared the Lord talked often one to another; and the Lord listened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who reverenced {and} worshipfully feared the Lord and who thought on His name.
Mal 3:17 And they shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, in that day when I publicly recognize {and} openly declare them to be My jewels (My special possession, My peculiar treasure). And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him.

Prov 14:26 In the reverent {and} worshipful fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children shall always have a place of refuge.
Prov 14:27 Reverent {and} worshipful fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.

Prov 10:27 The reverent {and} worshipful fear of the Lord prolongs one's days, but the years of the wicked shall be made short.

Job 28:28 But to man He said, Behold, the reverential {and} worshipful fear of the Lord--that is Wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Ps 25:12 Who is the man who reverently fears {and} worships the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way that he should choose.
Ps 25:13 He himself shall dwell at ease, and his offspring shall inherit the land.
Ps 25:14 The secret [of the sweet, satisfying companionship] of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant {and} reveal to them its [deep, inner] meaning.

1 Chr 16:25 For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He also is to be [reverently] feared above all so-called gods.

Prov 16:6 By mercy {and} love, truth {and} fidelity [to God and man--not by sacrificial offerings], iniquity is purged out of the heart, and by the reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord men depart from {and} avoid evil.

Ps 19:9 The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

Ps 34:9 O fear the Lord, you His saints [revere and worship Him]! For there is no want to those who truly revere {and} worship Him {with} godly fear.

Ps 112:1 PRAISE THE Lord! (Hallelujah!) Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who fears (reveres and worships) the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.

Eccl 12:13 All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God's providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] {and} the whole [duty] for every man.
Eccl 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good or evil.

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What is the sovereignty of God

Ps 145:3 Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; and His greatness is [so vast and deep as to be] unsearchable.
Ps 145:4 One generation shall laud Your works to another and shall declare Your mighty acts.

Ps 145:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

Isaiah40:17 All the nations are as nothing before Him; they are regarded by Him as less than nothing and emptiness (waste, futility, and worthlessness).

Isaiah 40:18 To whom then will you liken God? Or with what likeness will you compare Him?

Isaiah 40:25 To whom then will you liken Me, that I should be equal to him? says the Holy One.

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high and see! Who has created these? He Who brings out their host by number and calls them all by name; through the greatness of His might and because He is strong in power, not one is missing {or} lacks anything.

Isaiah 40:28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding.

Isaiah 66:1 THUS SAYS the Lord: Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. What kind of house would you build for Me? And what kind can be My resting-place?
Is 66:2 For all these things My hand has made, and so all these things have come into being [by and for Me], says the Lord. But this is the man to whom I will look {and} have regard: he who is humble and of a broken {or} wounded spirit, and who trembles at My word {and} reveres My commands.

Isaiah 33:22 For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King; He will save us.

Ex 3:13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them?
Ex 3:14 And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM {and} WHAT I AM, {and} I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you!

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing is ever impossible {and} no word from God shall be without power {or} impossible of fulfillment.

Ps 90:1 LORD, YOU have been our dwelling place {and} our refuge in all generations [says Moses].
Ps 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth or ever You had formed {and} given birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God.
Ps 90:3 You turn man back to dust {and} corruption, and say, Return, O sons of the earthborn [to the earth]!
Ps 90:4 For a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night.

Deut 32:39 See now that I, I am He, and there is no god beside Me; I kill and I make alive, I wound and I heal, and there is none who can deliver out of My hand.
Deut 32:40 For I lift up My hand to heaven and swear, As I live forever,

Job 38:4 Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Declare to Me, if you have {and} know understanding.
Job 38:5 Who determined the measures of the earth, if you know? Or who stretched the measuring line upon it?
Job 38:6 Upon what were the foundations of it fastened, or who laid its cornerstone,
Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Ps 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And I have no delight {or} desire on earth besides You.

Isaiah 57:15 For thus says the high and lofty One--He Who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, but with him also who is of a thoroughly penitent and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the thoroughly penitent [bruised with sorrow for sin].

Jer 23:23 Am I a God at hand, says the Lord, and not a God afar off?
Jer 23:24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? says the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? says the Lord.

Rev 1:17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as if dead. But He laid His right hand on me and said, Do not be afraid! I am the First and the Last,
Rev 1:18 And the Ever-living One [I am living in the eternity of the eternities]. I died, but see, I am alive forevermore; and I possess the keys of death and Hades (the realm of the dead).

Ps 91:1
HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable {and} fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

Jer 32:27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there anything too hard for Me?

Gen 1:1 IN THE beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth.
Gen 1:2 The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.
Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light; and there was light.

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How to grasp eternity

Rev 21:3 Then I heard a mighty voice from the throne {and} I perceived its distinct words, saying, See! The abode of God is with men, and He will live (encamp, tent) among them; and they shall be His people, and God shall personally be with them and be their God.
Rev 21:4 God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions {and} the former order of things have passed away.
Rev 21:5 And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new. Also He said, Record this, for these sayings are faithful (accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy) and true (genuine).
Rev 21:6 And He [further] said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I [Myself] will give water without price from the fountain (springs) of the water of Life.

1 Cor 2:9 But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].
1 Cor 2:10 Yet to us God has unveiled {and} revealed them by {and} through His Spirit, for the [Holy] Spirit searches diligently, exploring {and} examining everything, even sounding the profound and bottomless things of God [the divine counsels and things hidden and beyond man's scrutiny].
1 Cor 2:11 For what person perceives (knows and understands) what passes through a man's thoughts except the man's own spirit within him? Just so no one discerns (comes to know and comprehend) the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.

Isaiah 60:18 Violence shall no more be heard in your land, nor devastation or destruction within your borders, but you shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.
Is 60:19 The sun shall no more be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you, but the Lord shall be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory {and} your beauty.
Is 60:20 Your sun shall no more go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself, for the Lord shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended.

Rev 21:23 And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the splendor {and} radiance (glory) of God illuminate it, and the Lamb is its lamp.
Rev 21:24 The nations shall walk by its light and the rulers {and} leaders of the earth shall bring into it their glory.
Rev 21:25 And its gates shall never be closed by day, and there shall be no night there.
Rev 21:26 They shall bring the glory (the splendor and majesty) and the honor of the nations into it.
Rev 21:27 But nothing that defiles {or} profanes {or} is unwashed shall ever enter it, nor anyone who commits abominations (unclean, detestable, morally repugnant things) or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life.

1 Cor 15:54 And when this perishable puts on the imperishable and this that was capable of dying puts on freedom from death, then shall be fulfilled the Scripture that says, Death is swallowed up (utterly vanquished forever) in {and} unto victory.

1 Cor 15:55 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?

1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory [making us conquerors] through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Dan 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and behold, on the clouds of the heavens came One like a Son of man, and He came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him.
Dan 7:14 And there was given Him [the Messiah] dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away, and His kingdom is one which shall not be destroyed.

1 Cor 15:40 There are heavenly bodies (sun, moon, and stars) and there are earthly bodies (men, animals, and plants), but the beauty {and} glory of the heavenly bodies is of one kind, while the beauty {and} glory of earthly bodies is a different kind.

1 Cor 15:42 So it is with the resurrection of the dead. [The body] that is sown is perishable {and} decays, but [the body] that is resurrected is imperishable (immune to decay, immortal).
1 Cor 15:43 It is sown in dishonor {and} humiliation; it is raised in honor {and} glory. It is sown in infirmity {and} weakness; it is resurrected in strength {and} endued with power.
1 Cor 15:44 It is sown a natural (physical) body; it is raised a supernatural (a spiritual) body. [As surely as] there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.

Dan 12:3 And the teachers {and} those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness (to uprightness and right standing with God) [shall give forth light] like the stars forever and ever.

1 Cor 13:12 For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality {and} face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know {and} understand fully {and} clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully {and} clearly known {and} understood [by God].

Mark 14:25 Solemnly {and} surely I tell you, I shall not again drink of the fruit of the vine till that day when I drink it of a new {and} a higher quality in God's kingdom.

Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death [in victory; He will abolish death forever]. And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; and the reproach of His people He will take away from off all the earth; for the Lord has spoken it.

Ps 23:6 Surely {or} only goodness, mercy, {and} unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

Rev 1:17 When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as if dead. But He laid His right hand on me and said, Do not be afraid! I am the First and the Last,
Rev 1:18 And the Ever-living One [I am living in the eternity of the eternities]. I died, but see, I am alive forevermore; and I possess the keys of death and Hades (the realm of the dead).

Isaiah 64:4 For from of old no one has heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides You, Who works {and} shows Himself active on behalf of him who [earnestly] waits for Him.

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