Today – koorios
In the Greek: κυριος
Pronunciation (Erasmian): koo – ree – ohs
Definition/approximate English equivalent: lord, Lord, master, sir.
Example of its use:
- John 1:23 ἔφη: ἐγὼ φωνὴ βοῶντος ἐν τῇ ἐρήμῳ: εὐθύνατε τὴν ὁδὸν κυρίου, καθὼς εἶπεν Ἡσαί̈ας ὁ προφήτης.
Notes: Here, the word takes on the genitive singular form and is a masculine gender.
The following is a partially summarized story originally told by Alistair Begg:
Many who claim to be Christians fail to see the uniqueness of the gospel of the Scriptures! The death, burial and resurrection of Christ, is not central to their belief system.
Alistair Begg illustrated this in a powerful way by relating a story about two guys on a ski lift. One guy, a professing Christian said to the other guy, ‘I believe in Jesus because I know that Jesus lives.’ The other guy, a Buddhist said, ‘How do you know Jesus lives?’ The Christian replied, ‘You ask me how I know He lives, He lives withing my heart!’ The Buddhist quickly responded, ‘I believe in Siddatha Gotama, the original Buddha and he lives within my heart!’ As Alistair Begg so eloquently put it, “The dimwitted Christian had no other answer!” He didn’t know the Christ of the Scriptures; he couldn’t articulate the gospel! Too many Christians are dull of hearing when it comes to the Scriptures, and so they live as though there is no difference between what Jesus claims and what other religious leaders claim!
Today – koinonos
In the Greek: κοινωνος
Pronunciation (Erasmian): koy – no – nos
Definition/approximate English equivalent: companion, partner, sharer.
Example of its use:
- 1 Corinthians 10:18 (Tischendorf): βλέπετε τὸν Ἰσραὴλ κατὰ σάρκα: οὐχ οἱ ἐσθίοντες τὰς θυσίας κοινωνοὶ τοῦ θυσιαστηρίου εἰσίν;
Notes: Here, the word takes on the nominative plural form. Remember that nominative refers to a subject in the sentence.
Today’s quote comes from the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. Specifically, it is from the section “The Holy Scriptures”, seventh paragraph (or 1.7 in some copies).
Some things in Scripture are clearer than others, and some people understand the teachings more clearly than others. However, the things that must be known, believed, and obeyed for salvation are so clearly set forth and explained in one part of Scripture or another that both the educated and uneducated may achieve a sufficient understanding of them by properly using ordinary measures.(see above)