ordain, ordination

ordain, ordination

To establish, determine, or appoint by one with authority to do so. As primary authority, God ordains in the sense of establishing the moon and stars (Ps 8:3), appointing creatures for special purposes (Jonah 1:17; Jonah 4:6-8), setting geographical boundaries (1Chr 17:9; Acts 17:26), establishing governments (Rom 13:1), and fixing the time of judgment (Acts 17:31). God is sometimes portrayed as so totally sovereign that events are described as foreordained, including the salvation of the faithful (Rom 8:29-30; Acts 13:48) and the damnation of the wicked (Jude 1:4). Those with authority derived from God also ordain. Angels ordained the law (Gal 3:19), Moses appointed priests (Heb 7:28), and David and Samuel appointed gatekeepers (1Chr 9:22). Persons who received authority to perform special religious duties were often said to be ordained for those tasks. Jeremiah was appointed a prophet (Jer 1:5), the Twelve were appointed by Jesus to preach and heal (Mark 3:14-15), elders were appointed by Paul and Barnabas (Acts 14:23) and by Titus (Titus 1:5), and persons were appointed by churches to various other duties (Acts 6:3; Acts 13:2-3; Acts 15:2). Paul not only understood himself ordained to be an apostle (Gal 1:15), but said that all who ministered in the church were appointed to that service by God (1Cor 12:28). In the NT, acts of ordination involve laying on hands (Acts 6:6; Acts 13:3; 1Tim 4:14), prayer (Acts 6:6; Acts 13:3), and fasting (Acts 13:3).

Ps 8:3

3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;

Jonah 1:17

17 But the Lord provided a large fish to swallow up Jonah; and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah 4:6-8

6The Lord God appointed a bush, and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the ... View more

1Chr 17:9

9I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall wear ... View more

Acts 17:26

26From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they wou ... View more

Rom 13:1

Being Subject to Authorities
1Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that ex ... View more

Acts 17:31

31because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all b ... View more

Rom 8:29-30

29For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.30And th ... View more

Acts 13:48

48When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and praised the word of the Lord; and as many as had been destined for eternal life became believers.

Jude 1:4

4For certain intruders have stolen in among you, people who long ago were designated for this condemnation as ungodly, who pervert the grace of our God into lic ... View more

Gal 3:19

The Purpose of the Law
19Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring would come to whom the promise had been made; and it was ... View more

Heb 7:28

28For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been m ... View more

1Chr 9:22

22All these, who were chosen as gatekeepers at the thresholds, were two hundred twelve. They were enrolled by genealogies in their villages. David and the seer ... View more

Jer 1:5

5“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Mark 3:14-15

14And he appointed twelve, whom he also named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to proclaim the message,15and to have authority to cast out demons.

Acts 14:23

23And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe.

Titus 1:5

Titus in Crete
5I left you behind in Crete for this reason, so that you should put in order what remained to be done, and should appoint elders in every town, a ... View more

Acts 6:3

3Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task,

Acts 13:2-3

2While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”3Then afte ... View more

Acts 15:2

2And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to disc ... View more

Gal 1:15

15But when God, who had set me apart before I was born and called me through his grace, was pleased

1Cor 12:28

28And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of ... View more

Acts 6:6

6They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

Acts 13:3

3Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

1Tim 4:14

14Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders.

Acts 6:6

6They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

Acts 13:3

3Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

Acts 13:3

3Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.

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