Phrases

Ancient of Days

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Ancient of Days. A name for God, expressing veneration of the dignity of God.

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Author of Salvation

A British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation of Author of Salvation. A phrase found in the Bible, in passages such as Hebrews 2:5-18, Hebrews 5:9, and in songs such as Hillsong’s Mighty to Save written by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan

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Blood of Christ

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Blood of Christ. The literal blood that Jesus shed on the cross; wine drunk at Holy Communion/the Eucharist to represent Jesus’ sacrifice; Jesus’ death, that offers salvation to humankind.

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Born again

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Born again. Often used to describe the experience of becoming a committed Christian. A phrase found in John 3:3, John 3:7, 1 Peter 1:3, and 1 Peter 1:23 in some Bible translations.

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Bread of Life

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Bread of Life. Jesus used the term Bread of Life to describe himself (John 6:35) sometimes used to describe the bread in a Holy Communion service.

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Burning Bush

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Burning Bush. Moses encountered a bush on fire in the desert. (Exodus 3:2) God spoke to him from the fire.

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Cast lots / Casting lots

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Cast lots / Casting lots. A method of selecting a person; making a decision or discerning the will of God. Small objects, such as stones with markings on them, may have were throw (cast) into a small area with the result being interpreted, or each person choosing one, to determine an outcome.

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Crown of Thorns

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Crown of Thorns. Boughs from a long thorned bush, twisted into a garland and placed on Jesus’ head before he was led away to be crucified.

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Cry out

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Cry out. To implore or beseech God in fervent prayer.

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Cut to the Heart

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Cut to the Heart. To be greatly distressed, emotionally hurt.

Bible references include: Acts 2:37

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Day of Reckoning

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Day of Reckoning. The time when a person (or a society etc) is called to account; in the Bible it refers to the Last Judgement.

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Day of the Lord

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Day of the Lord. The day when God comes judge sinners and cast out evil.

Bible references include: Isaiah 13:9-10 and Mark 13:32

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Fishers of Men

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Fishers of Men. Christians are instructed to bring others to a knowledge of and faith in Christ.

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God is faithful

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of God is faithful. God keeps his promises. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We can rely on Him, trust him. Our God never fails.

See also: Faithful / Faithfulness

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Good Shepherd (-The)

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of The Good Shepherd. A name for Jesus.

Bible references include: Psalm 23:1

See also: Shepherd

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Hardened Heart / Hardness of Heart

A British Sign Language (BSL) interpretation for Hardened Heart. Obstinate turning away from God; lack of compassion or care about other people’s needs.

Bible references include: Hebrews 3:7-11, 1 Samuel 6:6, 2 Chronicles 36:13, Mark 6:52, Mark 8:17, and Exodus 7:13

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Horn of Salvation

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Horn of Salvation. A symbol of salvation through royal power that belongs to the Messiah.

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Intercede with the Father

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Intercede with the Father. Jesus advocating for us to God the Father.

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Itching Ears

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Itching Ears. A descriptive term for someone who seeks out opinions, teachings and messages that corroborate their own and that condone their decisions and lifestyle.

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Jesus died, and rose again.

A British Sign Language (BSL) translation of Jesus died, and rose again. In the translation of Rose Again the word AGAIN isn’t signed; signing the word AGAIN in BSL in this context would erroneously indicate that Jesus was resurrected more than once.

Bible references include: 1 Thessalonians 4:14

See also: Resurrection / Rise Again (on judgement day) and Resurrection / Rise Again / Rose Again (Jesus)

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