Greek Word: αγγελος

Today – angelos

In the Greek: αγγελος

Pronunciation (Erasmian): ahn – geh – los

Definition/approximate English equivalent: messenger, angel.

Example of its use:

  • Matt. 11:10 (Tischendorf): οὗτός ἐστιν περὶ οὗ γέγραπται: ἰδοὺ ἐγὼ ἀποστέλλω τὸν ἄγγελόν μου πρὸ προσώπου σου, ὃς κατασκευάσει τὴν ὁδόν σου ἔμπροσθέν σου.

Notes: Common masculine noun. In the above, we see this masculine noun in the singular accusative form.

Quote #11

This is something I believe we all forget from the Scriptures at least from time to time.

For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.

James 2:10-11

Quote #10

The act of preaching was the high point of public worship. If Christ himself speaks through the mouth of the preacher, the worshiper must give due and careful attention. The church was not merely a religious organization gathered for the purpose of enacting cultic ritual. It was the dwelling place of the living God, and thus involved genuine confrontation between God and each participant.

Benjamin Keach

The reading of the Word is not a ho-hum point in any message nor is the exposition of it!

Greek Word: μαθητης

Today – mathaytays

In the Greek: μαθητης

Pronunciation (Erasmian): mah – thay – tays

Definition/approximate English equivalent: disciple, student, pupil.

Example of its use:

  • Luke 12:1 (Tischendorf): Ἐν οἷς ἐπισυναχθεισῶν τῶν μυριάδων τοῦ ὄχλου, ὥστε καταπατεῖν ἀλλήλους, ἤρξατο λέγειν πρὸς τοὺς μαθητὰς αὐτοῦ πρῶτον: προσέχετε ἑαυτοῖς ἀπὸ τῆς ζύμης τῶν Φαρισαίων, ἥτις ἐστὶν ὑπόκρισις.

Notes: In this instance, this noun takes on a plural form.

Quote #9

The following comes from a story involving Alistair Begg and an inner city pastor.

The pastor related to Alistair how someone had come to him with the old cliche, “God said it, I believe it, and that settles it.” Alistair then asked, ‘How did you respond?’ The pastor said, ‘I told the man “God said it, and that settles it!” It doesn’t matter whether you believer it or not!’

emphasis added

God is the creator of all and does not need your approval to be true or anything.

Even so . . .

If you’re looking for reasons to believe, the evidence of the Scriptures, the eyewitness accounts, the commonality of the gospel message are reason enough to believe!

Greek Word: κυριος

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.

Quote #8

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!

Quote #7

We know but little of true Christianity, if we do not feel a deep concern about the souls of unconverted people. A lazy indifference about the spiritual state of others, may doubtless, save as much trouble. To care nothing whether our neighbors are going to heaven or hell, is no doubt, the way of the world.”

J.C. Ryle

Greek Word: κοινωνος

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.

Quote # 6

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.

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