GOD FORBID By Jim Searcy

God Forbid - Simple words. "If" is a simple little word. It seems that sometimes we don't give adequate consideration to simple words. What does God Forbid mean? Obviously, God Forbid is something wrong that we should not be found doing. Is there more to it?

God Forbid, appears 24 times in the Authorized word of God, 9 in the Old Testament, and 15 times in the New Testament.

"God forbid," is found in the gospels only once in Luke 20:16. Paul used the word 14 times. Peter told us, that even in his day, Paul's Epistles were not easily understood. Perhaps if we were to have a better understanding of "God forbid" it would help us better understand many things.

We are in the midst of strong delusion, great apostasy, and the fullness of the mystery of iniquity. Understanding "God forbid" can help us understand those things that are "hard to be understood." Peter warned us that those "hard to be understood" things would be perverted by the false teachers in these last days. These same things would be stumbling blocks to the unlearned and unstable. False teachers and the unlearned and the unstable would pervert or wrest, simple things like "if" and "God Forbid" and other pure simple words in the scriptures, "unto their own destruction." Let us NOT be deceived. In all your getting get understanding. Let us see how much understanding we may find in the simple expression "God forbid."

Let us let the word of God and the Spirit of Truth just take us through those 24 verses where we find "God forbid."

Gen 44:7 And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing:

Gen 44:17 And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.

Josh 22:29 God forbid that we should rebel against the LORD, and turn this day from following the LORD, to build an altar for burnt offerings, for meat offerings, or for sacrifices, beside the altar of the LORD our God that is before his tabernacle.

Josh 24:16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the LORD, to serve other gods;

1 Sam 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:

1 Sam 14:45 And the people said unto Saul, Shall Jonathan die, who hath wrought this great salvation in Israel? God forbid: as the LORD liveth, there shall not one hair of his head fall to the ground; for he hath wrought with God this day. So the people rescued Jonathan, that he died not.

1 Sam 20:2 And he said unto him, God forbid; thou shalt not die: behold, my father will do nothing either great or small, but that he will show it me: and why should my father hide this thing from me? it is not so.

1 Chr 11:19 And said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this thing: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it. These things did these three mightiest.

Job 27:5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.

Luke 20:16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

Those listening to Jesus clearly understood the Old Testament foundation of "God Forbid." If you have ANY fear of God, then you would not think or do such a thing. It would be UNTHINKABLE for a godly person to think or do such a thing. It is laughable for someone to claim to fear God and think or do such a thing. NO ONE, who is led by the Spirit of Truth and Holiness, would THINK or DO such a thing.

Now let us see if this gives us a deeper understanding for some of the hard to be understood things Paul was trying to teach us when he said "God forbid."

When Paul says "God forbid" he means the same thing that people who really listen to Jesus UNDERSTAND - NO ONE, WHO IS LED BY THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH AND HOLINESS, WOULD THINK OR DO SUCH A THING.

Rom 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

Rom 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

Rom 3:5 But if our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unrighteous who taketh vengeance? (I speak as a man)

Rom 3:6 God forbid: for then how shall God judge the world?

Rom 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the

Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Rom 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Rom 6:15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Rom 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

Rom 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Rom 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
Rom 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.

Rom 11:1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.

Rom 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

1 Cor 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
1 Cor 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

Gal 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.
Gal 2:18 For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor.

Gal 3:21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law.

Gal 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have
you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
Gal 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by
whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

If the verse began with "God forbid" the preceding verse is included, and if the versed ended in "God forbid" the next verse was included to keep simple context. For those things taken out of context become pretexts for anything.

Those walking by faith, in the Spirit of life IN Christ Jesus find no great surprise. Those words are words of comfort. Those words are words of stability and certainty. Those words are words of TRUE righteousness bringing peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Those who wrest and pervert and twist the scriptures to their own destruction will be shocked by those "God forbid" verses of Paul in simple context. They will have a hard time with them. Those who are NOT walking by faith in the Spirit of life IN Christ Jesus find those words to be very unsettling. GOOD! Alleluia, there is hope for you. You may find repentance and may yet still learn the truth. I pray that you will. I am not trying to teach you anything.

People will believe what they choose to believe. Yeshua said you will KNOW the truth and
the truth will set you free. If the Son, Who is The Truth, the very Living Word of God, will
set you free, THEN you will be free indeed. I hope you don?t say, "My church does not
believe that way." If so, get out of such a church before it is too late.

For those wanting further study here are verses with the Strong?s concordance definitions and numbers of related words.

Gen 44:7 And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing:

2486. chaliylah, khaw-lee'-law; or chalilah, khaw-lee'-law; a directive from H2490; lit. for a profaned thing; used (interj.) far be it!:--be far, (X God) forbid.

Luke 20:16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to
others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

3361. me, may; a prim. particle of qualified negation (whereas G3756 expresses an absolute denial); (adv.) not, (conj.) lest; also (as interrog. implying a neg. answer [whereas G3756 expects an affirm. one]) whether:--any, but, (that), X forbear, + God forbid, + lack, lest, neither, never, no (X wise in), none, nor, [can-] not, nothing, that not, un [-taken], without. Often used in compounds in substantially the same relations. See also G3362, G3363, G3364, G3372, G3373, G3375, G3378.

Rom 3:31 Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Rom 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid.
me like above plus:

1096. ginomai, ghin'-om-ahee; a prol. and mid. form of a prim. verb; to cause to be ("gen"-erate), i.e. (reflex.) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (lit. fig., intens., etc.):--arise be assembled, be (come, -fall, -have self), be brought (to pass), (be) come (to pass), continue, be divided, be done, draw, be ended, fall, be finished, follow, be found, be fulfilled, + God forbid, grow, happen, have, be kept, be made, be married, be ordained to be, partake, pass, be performed, be published, require, seem, be showed, X soon as it was, sound, be taken, be turned, use, wax, will, would, be wrought.