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Matthew 5:27-30Jesus gives us a teaching, using an extreme example, to show how serious it is to allow sin to continue within us. Having one part of our body that causes us to continue in sin cut off and thrown or cast away from us is better than having your whole body cast into hell. This applies to the corporate Body of Christ as well. Those “members” that continue in sin without any repentance, looking for the Lord’s “way of escape” will be cut off from the rest of the Body (see Romans 11:17-22 below, and the Bible study Wholly Illumined No Dark Part).


27 "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY';

28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

29 "If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw [906] it from you; for it is better for you to lose [622- “to lose fully, to destroy, to perish”] one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown [906] into hell.

30 "If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off [1581] and throw [906] it from you; for it is better for you to lose [622] one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into [565] hell.

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NT:906 ballo (bal'-lo)

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

a primary verb; to throw (in various applications, more or less violent or intense):

KJV - arise, cast (out), dung, lay, lie, pour, put (up), send, strike, throw (down), thrust. Compare NT:4496.

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

to throw -- either with force, or without force yet with a purpose, or even carelessly

1. with force and effort (Mark 14:65)

2. without force and effort; to throw or let go of a thing without caring where it falls (Matt. 27:35)

3. to move, give motion to, not with force yet with attention and for a purpose; eis ti, to put into,

insert (Mark 7:33)


NT:1581 ekkopto (ek-kop'-to)

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from NT:1537 and NT:2875; to exscind; figuratively, to frustrate:

KJV - cut down (off, out), hew down, hinder.

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

to cut out, cut off

a. properly: used of a tree (Matthew 3:10)

b. figuratively: teen aformeen, to cut off occasion (2 Cor. 11:12)


NT:565 aperchomai (ap-erkh'-om-ahee)

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from NT:575 and NT:2064; to go off (i.e. depart), aside (i.e. apart) or behind (i.e. follow), literally or figuratively:

KJV - come, depart, go (aside, away, back, out, ... ways), pass away, be past.

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

to go away (from a place), to depart

1. properly,

a. absolutely (Matthew 13:25)

b. with specification of the place into which, or of the person to whom or from whom one departs

Matthew 5:30 to follow his party, follow him as a leader (Mark 1:20)

2. tropically: of departing evils and sufferings (Mark 1:42)



Matthew 3:7-12To cleanse His body of followers, Jesus is going to “clear His threshing floor” by removing “out of His kingdom” (Matthew 13:41) the parts of His body that are considered chaff (“all stumbling blocks and those who commit lawlessness” in Matthew 13:41), which means they will not repent, cutting them off from Himself. They are the faithless/unfaithful followers, the dark parts that must be removed so as to have His body of faithful followers filled with His light and glory at the end of this age (see the Bible studies Wholly Illumined No Dark Part and Cultivate Faithfulness).

The Greek for “clear” is diakatharizo (dee-ak-ath-ar-id'-zo) which means “to cleanse perfectly, to cleanse thoroughly.” This is the final perfecting of the body of Christ at the end of this age. The Lord will accomplish His cleansing/purging of His body through the fire of the last days. As with the three Hebrew children in Daniel who were cast into the fire for not bowing to an idolatrous image, they will come forth shining, having the dross of their fallen natures completely removed (Daniel 3). They were “delivered” in the fire by God because they “put their trust in Him” (Daniel 3:28). So will we (see Psalm 78:22).

7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?

8 "Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;

9 and do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father'; for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.

10 "The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down [1581]and thrown [906] into the fire.

11 "As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

12 "His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear [1245 - KJV; “thoroughly purge”] His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."

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NT:1245 diakatharizo (dee-ak-ath-ar-id'-zo)

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from NT:1223 and NT:2511; to cleanse perfectly, i.e. (specially) winnow:

KJV - thoroughly purge.

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

to cleanse thoroughly (Luke 3:17)



Romans 11:17-22Paul warns Christians to not be arrogant, thinking that we could not be cut off/broken off as Israel was, but to fear. If He did not spare them neither will He spare us. Many in the church have bought the doctrine of demons known as “eternal security” and “Once saved always saved.” This one passage alone destroys that lie which actually produces the exact opposite; eternal insecurity. Eternal security is based upon our working together with the Holy Spirit, remaining/abiding/continuing in Christ.

17 But if some of the branches were broken off [1575], and you, being a wild olive [Gentile], were grafted in among them and became partaker [4791- “a co-participant, joint partner”] with them of the rich root of the olive tree,

18 do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you.

19 You will say then, "Branches were broken off [1575] so that I might be grafted in."

20 Quite right, they were broken off [1575] for their unbelief [570], but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;

21 for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either.

22 Behold then the kindness [5544] and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God's kindness [5544], if you continue [1961] in His kindness [5544]; otherwise you also will be cut off [1581- see def. in Matthew 5:27-30 above].

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NT:1575 ekklao (ek-klah'-o)

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from NT:1537 and NT:2806; to exscind:

KJV - break off.

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

to break off; to cut off (Romans 11:17,19,20)


NT:570 apaistia (ap-is-tee'-ah)

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from NT:571; faithlessness, i.e. (negatively) disbelief (lack of Christian faith), or (positively) unfaithfulness (disobedience):

KJV - unbelief.

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

1. unfaithfulness, faithlessness (Romans 3:3)

2. lack of faith, unbelief (Mark 16:14)


NT:5544 chrestotes (khray-stot'-ace)

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from NT:5543; usefulness, i.e. moral excellence (in character or demeanor):

KJV - gentleness, good (-ness), kindness.

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

1. moral goodness, integrity (Romans 3:12)

2. benignity, kindness (Romans 2:4)


NT:1961 epimeno (ep-ee-men'-o)

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from NT:1909 and NT:3306; to stay over, i.e. remain (figuratively, persevere):

KJV - abide (in), continue (in), tarry.

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

to stay at or with; to tarry still; still to abide, to continue, remain

a. properly, of tarrying in a place (1 Cor. 16:8)

b. tropically, to persevere, continue; with the dative of the thing continued in Romans 6:1



Genesis 17:10-14 Circumcision was the sign of the covenant between God and His people. An uncircumcised male was to be cut off, he had broken covenant. Today, we are to have circumcision of the heart by the Spirit (see Romans 2:28-29 right below). It is the cutting away of the fleshly nature within us.

10 "This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised.

11 "And you shall be circumcised in the flesh of your foreskin, and it shall be the sign of the covenant between Me and you.

12 "And every male among you who is eight days old shall be circumcised throughout your generations, a servant who is born in the house or who is bought with money from any foreigner, who is not of your descendants.

13 "A servant who is born in your house or who is bought with your money shall surely be circumcised; thus shall My covenant be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.

14 "But an uncircumcised male who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off [3722] from his people; he has broken My covenant."

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OT:3772 karath (kaw-rath')

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

a primitive root; to cut (off, down or asunder); by implication, to destroy or consume; specifically, to covenant (i.e. make an alliance or bargain, originally by cutting flesh and passing between the pieces):

KJV - be chewed, be con- [feder-] ate, covenant, cut (down, off), destroy, fail, feller, be freed, hew (down), make a league ([covenant]), lose, perish, utterly, want.

(Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon)

to cut, to cut off, to cut down, to cut off a body part, to cut out, to eliminate, to kill, to cut a covenant

a) (Qal)

1) to cut off, to cut off a body part, to behead

2) to cut down

3) to hew

4) to cut (make) a covenant

b) (Niphal)

1) to be cut off

2) to be cut down

3) to be chewed

4) to be cut off, to fail

c) (Pual)

1) to be cut off

2) to be cut down

d) (Hiphil)

1) to cut off

2) to cut off, to destroy

3) to cut down, to destroy

4) to take away

5) to permit to perish

e) (Hophal) cut off



Romans 2:28-29Today, the sign of the covenant is the cutting away of the fleshly nature, within.

28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.

29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.

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Exodus 4:22-26See the article entitled Bridegroom Of Blood for a deeper revelation of this passage.

22 "Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the Lord, "Israel is My son, My firstborn.

23 "So I said to you, 'Let My son go that he may serve Me'; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn."'"

24 Now it came about at the lodging place on the way that the Lord met him and sought to put him to death.

25 Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off [3772] her son's foreskin and threw it at Moses' feet, and she said, "You are indeed a bridegroom of blood to me."

26 So He let him alone. At that time she said, "You are a bridegroom of blood" — because of the circumcision.

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Exodus 12:14-15

14 'Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.

15 'Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off [3772] from Israel.

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Psalm 34:16See the Bible study Evildoers In The House Of God. (Also see Psalm 119:115, Jeremiah 23:14 and Luke 13:27.)

16 The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off [3772- see def. in Gen. 17:10-14 above] the memory of them from the earth.

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Psalm 37:7-9

7 Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.

8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.

9 For evildoers will be cut off [3772], But those who wait for the Lord, they will inherit the land.

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Psalm 37:22See Jeremiah 17:5-8 which describes those who are blessed and those who are cursed.

22 For those blessed by Him will inherit the land, but those cursed by Him will be cut off [3772].

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Isaiah 56:3-5The Lord declares that by choosing what is pleasing to Him, and holding fast His covenant which is to keep His covenant, you will not be cut off.

3 Let not the foreigner who has joined himself to the Lord say, "The Lord will surely separate me from His people." Nor let the eunuch say, "Behold, I am a dry tree."

4 For thus says the Lord, "To the eunuchs who keep My sabbaths, And choose what pleases Me [see the Bible study Well Pleased], And hold fast My covenant, [see the Bible study Holding Fast To The Lord]

5 To them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial, And a name better than that of sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off [3772]. [See the Bible study The Shame Of Nakedness.]

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