The ability to see beneath the outward form to the underlying, often hidden, reality. It is a necessary gift in dealing with people, understanding spiritual teaching and interpreting events. Perception is important for effective service, though is often lacking, even among God’s people.
2Sa 5:11-12The building of a palace in the newly captured Jerusalem confirms to David his election by God; Isa 43:9-12 Through his miraculous direction of his people’s history, God is perceived as the one, true God. See alsoIsa 41:18-20; Isa 64:4; Jnh 1:12 Jonah recognises God’s hand in the storm; Ac 10:34-35 Through the circumstances of his guidance, Peter realises that God’s salvation is for Gentiles too.
By Jesus Christ’s disciplesMt 15:16 pp Mk 7:18 not understanding what makes a person unclean; Mt 16:9 pp Mk 8:17-18 not understanding about the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees; Mt 16:22 pp Mk 8:32 Peter cannot accept that Jesus Christ must be crucified; Jn 14:9 Philip does not understand that Jesus Christ reveals the Father; Jn 20:9 not understanding about the resurrection Not recognising the risen Christ:Jn 20:14; Jn 21:4
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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