Spiritual Dictionary Section P

Palm Boughs- “Nature’s emblem of victory.” DA 590


Papacy - In chapter 13 (Revelation 13:1-10) is described another beast, "like unto a leopard," to which the dragon gave "his power, and his seat, and great authority." This symbol, as most Protestants have believed, represents the papacy, which succeeded to the power and seat and authority once held by the ancient Roman empire." GC 439


Papacy – “The “man of sin,” which is also styled “the mystery of iniquity,” the “son of perdition,” and “that wicked,” represents the papacy, which, as foretold in prophecy, was to maintain it’s supremacy for 1260 years.” GC 356


Papacy – “The result was the papacy, a church that controlled the power of the state and employed it to further her own ends, especially for the punishment of “heresy.”  GC 443


Papacy - spirit of - "It is the spirit of the papacy - the spirit of conformity to worldly customs, the veneration for human tradition above the commandments of God." GC 573


Pardon - "As you come with humble heart, you find pardon, for Christ Jesus is represented as continually standing at the altar, momentarily offering up the sacrifice for the sins of the world." 1 SM 343


Passover- “…our Passover is Christ.” I Cor. 5:7 KJV


Path of the just - "But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto that perfect day." Proverbs 4:18


Paul – The premier New Testament writer and apostle of God to the Gentiles.

Agabus prophesies that Paul will be bound and delivered to the Gentiles. Acts 20:10-11

All that Paul taught was in harmony with Moses and the prophets. Acts 26:22

          Born of the tribe of Benjamin. Philippians 3:5

Chosen vessel to bear Christ’s name to the Gentiles, kings, and Israel. Acts 9:15; 13:45-48

Christians received Paul as an angel(messenger of God) and as Christ Jesus. Galatians 4:1

          Circumcised on the eighth day. Philippians 3:5

Demons recognized that Paul was united with Jesus. Acts 19:15

Forty men placed themselves under a curse from God to kill Paul. Acts 23:12-13

Gentile leaders proclaimed that Paul had done nothing against the law. Acts 23:29; 25:25; 26:31; 28:18

Jesus met Saul on the road to Damascus and asked Saul why he was persecuting Jesus. Acts 9:3-5

Jesus resurrected a dead man through Paul. Acts 20:9-12

Jesus spoke to Paul in a vision to encourage him to keep speaking in Corinth – Paul preached for 18 months. Acts 18:9-11

Jesus stood with Paul to tell him personally that Paul would testify of Jesus in Rome. Acts 23:11

Jesus wrought special miracles of healing through Paul – including sending handkerchiefs and aprons to the sick and the evil spirits left them. Acts 19:11-12

Others perceived Paul as weak in body presence. II Corinthians 10:10

Others perceived Paul’s speech as contemptible. II Corinthians 10:10

Paul and Barnabas did wonders and miracles among the Gentiles. Acts 15:12

Paul believed all things written in the law and in the prophets. Acts 24:14

Paul believed in the resurrection of the dead – both just and unjust. Acts 24:15

Paul bitten by a deadly serpent and is delivered and this deliverance is testimony to the island natives, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Mark 16:17-18. Acts 28:1-6

Paul casts out demons from the damsel who divined. Acts 16:16-18

Paul chose the righteousness of Christ over the righteousness of the law – his own righteousness. Philippians 3:9

Paul considered himself a Jewish heretic regarding how he worshipped God – in that he worshipped Jesus – the Christ. Acts 24:14

Paul considered himself a Nazarite(a separated one) unto the gospel of God. Romans 1:1

Paul considered himself an apostle by the call of Jesus Christ and the Father. Galatians 1:1

Paul considered himself guided and instructed by revelations from God. Galatians 1:11-12; 2:2

Paul empowered by Jesus to blind Elymas the Sorcerer and to prophesy that he would be blind for a season, these displays helped Sergius Paulus become converted. Acts 13:6-12

Paul had a sister and a nephew. Acts 23:16

Paul healed a man born lame from birth. Acts 14:8-11

Paul healed all manner of illness on the island of Melita. Acts 28:7-10

Paul instructed people to follow him as he also followed Christ. I Corinthians 11:1; I Thessalonians 1:6

Paul opposed the institution of circumcision. Acts 15:1-11

Paul perceived himself as a teller and foreteller. II Corinthians 13:2

Paul perceived himself as blameless according to the righteousness of the law. Philippians 3:6

Paul perceived himself as not behind any of the chiefest of the apostles in any thing. II Corinthians 11:5; II Corinthians 12:11

          Paul proclaims himself a Hebrew of the Hebrews. Philippians 3:5

Paul proclaims to the Jews, that he had not done anything against the people or the customs of the fathers. Acts 28:17

Paul prophesies that people inside the church would arise to deceive and lead away people. Acts 20:28-30

Paul prophesies to the centurion that their voyage would be of much hurt and damage to the ship and cargo. Acts 27:9-10

Paul rebukes the disbelief of the ship leaders and prophesies that the ship would be destroyed but all the people would be saved and then testifies that the Angel of God was the One who had instructed him regarding these matters. Acts 27:21-26

Paul received his commission to testify of Jesus from Jesus Himself, while in heavenly vision. Acts 26:13-19

Paul received visions and revelations of the Lord. II Corinthians 12:1

Paul sees in a vision that a man named Ananias will come to him and place his hands on him. Acts 9:10-12

Paul taught all in Asia and they heard the word of the Lord Jesus. Acts 19:10

Paul taught of righteousness, temperance, and judgment yet to come. Acts 24:25

Paul taught that idols were not gods. Acts 19:26

Paul teaches Jews on Sabbath and the Greeks on the next Sabbath. Acts 13:14, 42,44

Paul testified that he had done nothing against the law of the Jews, nor against the temple, nor against Caesar. Acts 25:8

Paul trusted, by faith, that Jesus had a crown of righteousness and that Jesus would give him that crown at His appearing – the second coming. II Timothy 4:6-8

          Paul was a Pharisee according the law. Philippians 3:5; Acts 23:6

Paul was a Roman citizen – born free. Acts 2:25-28

Paul was a tentmaker by trade and used it to support himself even though as a minister of Christ the church should have supported him as pastor or evangelist. Acts 18:3

Paul was a witness and an approver of the death of Stephen, at this time his name was Saul. Acts 7:58; 8:1

Paul was beaten 3 times with rods. II Corinthians 11:25

Paul was beaten 5 times by the Jews and received 39 stripes at each beating. II Corinthians 11:24

Paul was blinded for 3 days after his vision of seeing Jesus. Acts 9:3-9

Paul was born in Tarsus. Acts 22:3

Paul was caught up in vision to heaven and heard unspeakable things which it is not possible to explain. II Corinthians 12:2-4

Paul was given a thorn in the flesh to protect him from exaltation. II Corinthians 12:7

Paul was in a trance while being instructed by Jesus to escape Jerusalem soon after his conversion. Acts 22:16-21

Paul was shipwrecked 3 times. II Corinthians 11:25

Paul was stoned one time. II Corinthians 11:25

Paul was trained by Gamaliel. Acts 22:3

Paul would not allow people to worship him. Acts 14:11-18

Paul’s apostleship was testified to by patience, signs, wonders, and mighty deeds. II Corinthians 12:12

Paul’s manner of teaching was to go to the Jewish synagogue on Sabbath to teach the Jews. Acts 17:2

Saul got approval from and letters from the High Priest to go to other cities to arrest Christians. Acts 9:1-2

Saul is also called Paul. Acts 13:9

Saul made havock of the church taking men and women to prison; compelling people to blaspheme; and even consenting to killing people. Acts 8:3; 26:10-11

Saul was filled with the Holy Spirit. Acts 9:17

The centurion believes Paul’s prophecy and delivered the prisoners without harm. Acts 27:42-43

The Holy Spirit forbade Paul and Silas from going to Asia but in a vision instructed them to go to Macedonia. Acts 16:6-10

The Holy Spirit instructed prophets and teachers at Antioch to lay hands on Saul and Barnabas to separate them for a special work . Acts 13:1-3

The Holy Spirit testified to Paul, from town to town, that bonds and afflictions awaited him in Jerusalem. Acts 19:21; 20:23; 21:10-14

          Zealous to persecute the church. Philippians 3:6


Peace of Christ- “The peace of Christ is born of truth. It is harmony with God.” DA 302


Peacemakers- “Christ’s followers are sent to the world with the message of peace. Whoever, by the quiet, unconscious influence of a holy life, shall reveal the love of Christ; whoever, by word or deed, shall lead another to renounce sin and yield his heart to God, is a peace maker.” Love Unlimited 158


Pearl – “Christ Himself is the pearl of great price.” COL 115,118


Pearl – “The righteousness of Christ, as a pure, white pearl, has no defect, no stain.” COL 115


Pearl – “Our Redeemer is the pearl so precious that in comparison all things else may be accounted loss.” COL 115


Pearl – “The blessings of redeeming love our Saviour compared to a precious pearl.” COL 115


Pearl – “Christ, the heavenly merchantman seeking goodly pearls, saw in lost humanity the pearl of price.” COL 118


Peculiar- “Our faith if carried out, will lead us to be so plain in dress, and zealous of good works, that we shall be marked as peculiar.” MYP 353


Perdition - Ruin, loss, destruction.

Judas was a son of perdition - John 17:12

Babylon will go into perdition - Revelation 17:8,11

Sin and ungodliness prepare people for perdition - Philippians 1:28; II Thessalonians 2:3; I Timothy 6:9; Hebrews 10:38-39; II Peter 3:7

Other destructive agencies - Revelation 9:11; Zechariah 3:1; Isaiah 11:9


Perfection of character- “That perfection of character which the Lord requires is the fitting up of the whole being as a temple for the indwelling of the entire human organism.” OHC 265


Perfume - "Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart, so doth the sweetness of a mans friend by hearty counsel." Proverbs 27:9


Perfume- “Pure, sanctified love, expressed by Christ’s lifework, is as sacred perfume. Like an opened bottle of perfume, it fills the whole house with fragrance. Eloquence, an extended knowledge of the truth, outward devotion, rare talents, if mingled with sacred, humble love, will become as fragrant as the open box of ointment. But gifts alone, ability alone, the choicest endowments alone, cannot take the place of love.” 5BC 1137


Peter - "Thou art Simon the son of Jonas; thou shalt be called Cephas (or Peter), which is by interpretation, a stone." John 1:42


Pharisees – Religious sect in Jesus’ time, “the most straightest sect of our religion” Acts 26:5, a type of people in the last days. CO.


Pharisees – doctrines of-

Believed God’s good will to men was based on self-achieved merit. DA 279

Believed in angels. Acts 23:8

Believed in indulgences – forgiveness for a fee. DA 616

Believed in the resurrection. Acts 23:8

Believed in the Holy Spirit. Acts 23:8

Believed the first four commandments were greater than the last six, and thus failed of practical godliness to their fellow men. DA 606-607

Believed they were spiritually whole and did not need spiritual help. DA 275

Believed you could achieve, or acquire, merit by works such as fasting. DA 276

Ceremonial washing to protect from unclean bugs. Matthew 15:1-20

Decorating tombs of the saints had merit. Matthew 23:27-31 & DA 618

Exact in outward ceremonies – fastings, washings, prayers. DA 603

Felt that lower class people were in need of spiritual help. DA 275

Fostered hatred of the Romans. DA 405

Judged spiritual value by physical appearances. DA 274-275

Made void God’s laws by their tradition. DA 603

Proselytizing. Matthew 23:15

Righteousness constituted external ceremonies and a theoretical knowledge of truth. DA 617

Rigid adherents of tradition. DA 603

Sought to exalt self by rigorous observances of forms and traditions. DA 278-279

Sum of religion was to be always in a bustle of activity. DA 362

Thought affliction was an evidence of Divine displeasure. DA 267

Tithing. Matthew 23:23

Trusted their own wisdom rather than Jesus’. DA 280

Wanted to be saved by their own works rather than Jesus’ works. DA 280

Wanted to make a continual show of their piety. DA 612, 362


Pillar of cloud – “The symbol of the divine presence.” PP 437


Pit – A strange woman is a narrow pit. Proverbs 23:27

Grave. Numbers 16:23-33; Proverbs 1:12; Psalms 88:1-12

          Lack of truth. Isaiah 38:17-19; Zechariah 9:9-11

          The mouth of strange women. Proverbs 22:14