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Face Value

The Greek work (pronounced) pros-oh-pol-ape-tace is found only once in the Holy Scriptures. The King James Version translates it as "respecter," in stating "that God is no respecter of persons."

"10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 10:35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." (Acts 10:34 KJV)

Although the word that is translated as "respecter" is found only once, the word from which it is formed is found numerous times: pro-oh-pon, which means face. In verb form, pros-oh-pol-ape-tace means to accept a face, or to accept something on face value alone. The verse quote above accurately conveys the principle that God bases His judgment on action, not on appearance or words alone.

"But in every nation he that feareth Him and worketh righteousness"

The root word that the translated word "respecter" is based is often rendered in the King James as "face." An example of it, explaining why God is no respecter of hypocrites:

Empty Faces

"6:16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. " (Matthew 6:16 KJV)

Amazingly, those very same hypocrites admitted to Christ, that Christ, like the Father, is not a "respecter of persons" (the word is translated as "person" in this example), while at the very same time using their deceptive smiling faces to attempt to trap Him with a politically-loaded question:

"12:14 And when they were come, they say unto him, Master, we know that thou art true, and carest for no man: for thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? 12:15 Shall we give, or shall we not give?

But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye me? bring me a penny, that I may see it.

12:16 And they brought it.

And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

And they said unto him, Caesar's.

12:17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.

And they marvelled at him." (Mark 12:14-17 KJV)

The apostle Paul stated the same as "God accepteth no man's person" ("person" there was the same Greek word for "face"), but within the context of the Church of God, in how all are Examples To The Flock, not lords over other people's salvation.

"2:6 But of these who seemed to be somewhat, whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person: for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me: 2:7 But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter [see The Circumcision Council]; 2:8 For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles: 2:9 And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision." (Galatians 2:6-9 KJV)

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