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Biblical Thelema/Agape

From: thops@CENTRUM.IS (Thorbergur Petur Sigurjonsson)
Subject: Re: Biblical (Xian) Thelema/Agape (LONG)
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 1996 13:31:41 +0000


What follows is somewhat lengthy but I hope it is of value to someone.
This is my first post to this list, so - 93 everyone!=20
I have been a silent observer for a long time though.

In a message dated 96-08-18 Jeffrey Smith writes:

>Well, pretty much the whole of Scripture is applicable to the subject of
>"Will", beginning with the display of Divine Will in Genesis ("Let there=
>be light."  And there was light, etc.) all the way to the very end of=20
>Chronicles, the last book of the Bible.=20
>I was more expecting a challenge on my assertion that the axioms of "Lov=
>is the law, etc." and "Do what thou wilt, etc." are in there.  Does this=
>mean that people agree with me, or just don't care?  (I suspect more of=20
>the latter than the former :>).   But if you doubt it, refer to Hillel:=20
>"Master, teach me the Torah in one minute."   "Love your neighbor as
>yourself [from Leviticus].  The rest is commentary.  Go and study it."]

I do care :-)   I decided to "thump" in my scripture CD infobase=20
and check out references to will in the scriptures, that was a rather len=
list (4666 hits in LDS scripture) too much, interesting number though..=20
I then checked the Greek Concordance for the word thelema.=20
That was quite interesting  [I think, but who cares? anyone..?]

Since thelema is Greek - all "hits" were in the New Testament.=20
So, now for the long part, here is what I found:


93 93/93


thelema {thel'-ay-mah}=20
Greek: noun neuter from the prolonged form of 2309;

Translated as:=20
will (62 times)=20
desire (1 time)=20
pleasure (1 time)=20
Total: 64 times

Strong's Number 2307=20
TDNT - 3:44,318=20



thelo {thel'-o} or ethelo {eth-el'-o} in certain tenses theleo {thel-eh'-=
o} and
etheleo {eth-el-eh'-o} which are otherwise obsolete=20
Greek: verb

Possible Definitions:=20
1) to be resolved or determined, to purpose=20
2) to desire, to wish=20
3) to love; to like to do a thing, be fond of doing=20
4) to take delight in, have pleasure


thelema {thel'-ay-mah} Greek: noun neuter

Possible Definitions:=20
1a) what one wishes or has determined shall be done, used
of the purpose of God to bless mankind through Christ; of what God wishes=
 to be
done by us; commands, precepts; will, choice; inclination, desire, pleasu=

Every verse that contains a word translated from this root:

Luke 23:25 25 And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder =
was cast
into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.

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

John 9:31 31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be =
worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

Acts 13:22 22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David t=
o be
their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David =
[son] of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my wil=

Acts 21:14 14 And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The =
will of
the Lord be done.

Acts 22:14 14 And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that =
shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the vo=
ice of
his mouth.

Romans 1:10 10 Making request, if by any means now at length I might have=
prosperous journey by the will of God to come unto you.

Romans 2:18 18 And knowest [his] will, and approvest the things that are =
excellent, being instructed out of the law;

Romans 12:2 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed b=
y the
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and accepta=
ble, and
perfect, will of God.

Romans 15:32 32 That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and=
with you be refreshed.

1 Corinthians 1:1 1 PAUL, called [to be] an apostle of Jesus Christ throu=
gh the
will of God, and Sosthenes [our] brother,

1 Corinthians 7:37 37 Nevertheless he that standeth stedfast in his heart=
, having
no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in hi=
s heart
that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.

1 Corinthians 16:12 12 As touching [our] brother Apollos, I greatly desir=
ed him
to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come a=
t this
time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.

2 Corinthians 1:1 1 PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, =
Timothy [our] brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with a=
ll the
saints which are in all Achaia:

2 Corinthians 8:5 5 And [this they did], not as we hoped, but first gave =
own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.

Galatians 1:4 4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us f=
rom this
present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

Ephesians 1:1 1 PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to t=
saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Ephesians 1:5 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by =
Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Ephesians 1:9 9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, accord=
ing to
his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Ephesians 1:11 11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being
predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things afte=
r the
counsel of his own will:

Ephesians 2:3 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.

Ephesians 5:17 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the =
will of
the Lord [is].

Ephesians 6:6 6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants =
Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

Colossians 1:1 1 PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and
Timotheus [our] brother,

Colossians 1:9 9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard [it], do =
cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the kno=
of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;

Colossians 4:12 12 Epaphras, who is [one] of you, a servant of Christ, sa=
you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand per=
fect and
complete in all the will of God.

1 Thessalonians 4:3 3 For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctifica=
that ye should abstain from fornication:

1 Thessalonians 5:18 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will =
of God
in Christ Jesus concerning you.

2 Timothy 1:1 1 =B6 PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, =
to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,

2 Timothy 2:26 26 And [that] they may recover themselves out of the snare=
 of the
devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Hebrews 10:7 7 =B6 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it =
is written
of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Hebrews 10:9 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh =
away the
first, that he may establish the second.

Hebrews 10:10 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering=
 of the
body of Jesus Christ once [for all].

Hebrews 10:36 36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done t=
he will
of God, ye might receive the promise.

Hebrews 13:21 21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, work=
ing in
you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to who=
m [be]
glory for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 2:15 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may pu=
t to
silence the ignorance of foolish men:

1 Peter 3:17 17 For [it is] better, if the will of God be so, that ye suf=
fer for
well doing, than for evil doing.

1 Peter 4:2 2 That he no longer should live the rest of [his] time in the=
to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

1 Peter 4:3 3 For the time past of [our] life may suffice us to have wrou=
ght the
will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of =
revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

1 Peter 4:19 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of G=
commit the keeping of their souls [to him] in well doing, as unto a faith=

2 Peter 1:21 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:=
holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.

1 John 2:17 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he t=
doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

1 John 5:14 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if w=
e ask
any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

Revelation 4:11 11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour a=
power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are an=
d were


Thorbergur Petur Sigurjonsson            |    e-mail:
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