Biblical Concept: Aphorizō


Aphorizō (avfori,zw) – apo = “away from” horizo = “a boundary.”

(Parentheses are mine.)

NAS Matthew 13:49 "So it will be at the end of the age; the angels shall come forth, and take out (avfori,zw) the wicked from among the righteous, (Post millennial take out.)

NAS Matthew 25:32 "And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate (avfori,zw) them from one another, as the shepherd separates (avfori,zw) the sheep from the goats; (Post tribulation separation.) (Kingdom entry preparation.)

NAS Luke 6:22 "Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize (avfori,zw) you, and cast insults at you, and spurn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. (Jesus, ostracize, relationship.)

NAS Acts 13:2 And while they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, "Set apart (avfori,zw) for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them." (Set apart apostolic era.)

NAS Acts 19:9 But when some were becoming hardened and disobedient, speaking evil of the Way before the multitude, he withdrew from them and took away (avfori,zw) the disciples, reasoning daily in the school of Tyrannus. (Took away to the Way.) (Took away evangelism.)

NAS Romans 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set part (avfori,zw) for the gospel of God, (Of note is aphorizo having a perfect passive inflection. A perfect tense describes “the tense of completed action, with existing results, in present time.  It is an emphatic way of saying that something is. The Apostle Paul had a unique calling and a unique spiritual life—set apart.  The passive voice emphasizes that Paul did not choose this life for himself.  The Bible student knows that Paul vigorously opposed the spiritual life to which he was called!) (The Lord Jesus to Ananias of Damascus: Acts 9:15-16 15 But the Lord said to him, "Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; 16 for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name's sake.")

NAS 2 Corinthians 6:17 "Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate (avfori,zw)," says the Lord. "And do not touch what is unclean; And I will welcome you. (Proper separation from unbelievers.)

NAS Galatians 1:15 But when He who had set me apart (avfori,zw), even from my mother's womb, and called me through His grace, was pleased (Set apart sovereign grace relationship.)

NAS Galatians 2:12 For prior to the coming of certain men from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he began to withdraw and hold himself aloof (avfori,zw), fearing the party of the circumcision. (Religion: Improper boundary.)