Category: Word Wealth

Metanoia/Metanoeo/Metamelomai (Repentance/I repent)

Metanoia/Metanoeo/Metamelomai (Repentance/I repent)

This weeks Word Wealth is a triple play looking at repenance, which is the core of the Christian Life…

metanoia (repentance)

Original Word: μετάνοια, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: metanoia
Phonetic Spelling: (met-an’-oy-ah)
Short Definition: repentance, a change of mind
Definition: repentance, a change of mind, change in the inner man.

 

Here is the verb form:

metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose

Original Word: μετανοέω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: metanoeó
Phonetic Spelling: (met-an-o-eh’-o)
Short Definition: I repent, change my mind
Definition: I repent, change my mind, change the inner man (particularly with reference to acceptance of the will of God), repent.

 

There are 22 occurrences of metanoia and 34 occurrences of metanoeo in the New Testament for a total of no less than 66 mentions of repentance.

 

Looking to Easton’s Bible Dictionary, we learn:

“There are three Greek words used in the New Testament to denote repentance.

(1.) The verb metamelomai is used of a change of mind, such as to produce regret or even remorse on account of sin, but not necessarily a change of heart. This word is used with reference to the repentance of Judas (Matthew 27:3).

(2.) Metanoeo, meaning to change one’s mind and purpose, as the result of after knowledge. This verb, with (3) the cognate noun metanoia, is used of true repentance, a change of mind and purpose and life, to which remission of sin is promised.

Evangelical repentance consists of (1) a true sense of one’s own guilt and sinfulness; (2) an apprehension of God’s mercy in Christ; (3) an actual hatred of sin (Psalm 119:128Job 42:5, 6; 2 Corinthians 7:10) and turning from it to God; and (4) a persistent endeavour after a holy life in a walking with God in the way of his commandments.

The true penitent is conscious of guilt (Psalm 51:4, 9), of pollution (51:5, 7, 10), and of helplessness (51:11109:21, 22). Thus he apprehends himself to be just what God has always seen him to be and declares him to be. But repentance comprehends not only such a sense of sin, but also an apprehension of mercy, without which there can be no true repentance (Psalm 51:1130:4).”

 

Further, ATS Bible Dictionary teaches us:

Repentance

A change of mind, accompanied with regret and sorrow for something done, and an earnest wish that it was undone. Such was the repentance of Juda, Matthew 27:3; and so it is said that Esau found “no place of repentance” in his father Isaac, although he sought it with tears, Hebrews 12:17; that is, Isaac would not change what he had done, and revoke the blessing given to Jacob, Genesis 27:1-46. God is sometimes said to “repent” of something he had done, Genesis 6:6 Jonah 3:9,10; not that he could wish it undone, but that in his providence such a change of course took place as among men would be ascribed to a change of mind. But the true gospel repentance, or “repentance unto life,” is sorrow for sin, grief for having committed it, and a turning away from it with abhorrence, accompanied with sincere endeavors, in reliance on God’s grace and the influences of the Holy Spirit, to live in humble and holy obedience to the commands and will of God. This is that repentance which always accompanies true faith, and to which is promised the free forgiveness of sin through the merits of Jesus Christ, Matthew 4:17 Acts 3:19 11:18 20:12.”

 

 

For additional study, see http://biblehub.com/thayers/3341.htm

Word Wealth: Sanctification

Word Wealth: Sanctification

This week’s Word Wealth is Sanctification
hagiazó: to make holy, consecrate, sanctify

Original Word: ἁγιάζω
Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: hagiazó
Phonetic Spelling: (hag-ee-ad’-zo)
Short Definition: I make holy, sanctify
Definition: I make holy, treat as holy, set apart as holy, sanctify, hallow, purify.

Thayer teaches us that sancification is

to purify internally by reformation of soul: John 17:17, 19(through knowledge of the truth, cf. John 8:32); 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Corinthians 1:2 (ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ in the fellowship of Christ, the Holy One); Romans 15:16 (ἐν πνεύματι ἁγίῳimbued with the Holy Spirit, the divine source of holiness); Jude 1:1 (L T Tr WH ἠγαπημένοις (which see)); Revelation 22:11. In general, Christians are called ἡγιασμένοι (cf. Deuteronomy 33:3), as those who, freed from the impurity of wickedness, have been brought near to God by their faith and sanctity, Acts 20:32; Acts 26:18. In 1 Corinthians 7:14ἁγιάζεσθαι is used in a peculiar sense of those who, although not Christians themselves, are yet, by marriage with a Christian, withdrawn from the contamination of heathen impiety and brought under the saving influence of the Holy Spirit displaying itself among Christians; cf. Neander at the passage.

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Word Wealth: Justification (dikaiósis)

Word Wealth: Justification (dikaiósis)

Our first Word Wealth entry comes from Strong’s Dictionary of the Bible and covers what is, perhaps, the most important word for a Christian, justification:

In Greek the word is dikaiósis (δικαίωσις)

dikaiósis: the act of pronouncing righteous, acquittal

Original Word: δικαίωσις, εως, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: dikaiósis
Phonetic Spelling: (dik-ah’-yo-sis)
Short Definition: acquittal, justification
Definition: acquittal, justifying, justification, a process of absolution.

 

This word is used only in Romans 4:25 and Romans 5:18. It focuses on the acquitted penalty by receiving Christ – i.e. as a person is moved from eternal “condemned” to “divinely pardoned” at conversion. 1347 (dikaíōsis) is the cognate in the dik- word-family which most closely aligns with the theological meaning of the term justification.”

 

For additional study see:  http://biblehub.com/greek/1347.htm

Word Wealth Category Introduction

Word Wealth Category Introduction

Have you ever encountered a term, while reading your Bible, and found yourself saying “what does this mean?” We frequently find, as Christians, that there are unique words that belong only to us and  it is important that we know them, understand what they mean, and apply them to our lives as regularly as is possible. To that end, we bring you Word Wealth.

Word Wealth wil use 3 Dictionaries, Thayer’s Greek-English New Testament Lexicon, Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Old Testament and New Testament Words, and Strong’s Bible Dictionary to help you understand these important terms.

We will offer an new word every Wednesday for your consideration and growth.

Grace to you. May your study be enriched by the Holy Spirit