Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Repent and Believe

I think it is helpful to regularly look up the definitions of some of the common words we use on a daily basis, especially words relating to our faith. Many times we grow up hearing familiar words without ever examining what they really mean. Even if we feel we have a handle on the particular word, it is always nice to have a refresher. I recently made note of these:

Repent is from a Greek word used to describe a change of mind that results in a change of behavior.
-John MacArthur, Because the Time is Near

Believe literally means: to be; to exist; to live or have your being live in accordance with.
-Paris Reidhead, Getting Evangelicals Saved

3 comments:

Charley said...

Repent: metanoeo (verb)...literally, "to perceive afterward." It signifies to change one's mind or purpose. In the New Testament, that change is always for the better and in all but one reference, it involves turning from sin. The noun, "repentance- metanoia," involves both a turning from sin and to God.

Believe: pisteuo... To place confidence in, to trust, which signifies in this sense of the word, reliance upon, not mere credance. In Romans 1:16, it is actually rendered "go on believing," giving the sense of perseverance and continuation, not a one-time or short-time event.

I'm not a Greek scholar...but love using my Vine's Expository Dictionary. It has helped me understand various important words to a depth that would not have been possible otherwise.

Christos Kurios!

Charley
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Charley said...

Oh...one more thing...

I teach these words to my third and fourth grade Sunday School class! They LOVE it. I encourage them to go home and stump their parents!

Don't let anyone say that children have to be fed fluff...

And this is before we cover our Redemptive History curriculum or our Order of Salvation/Sanctification curriculum. Children Desiring God

Thanks for bringing up these extremely important words!

Christos Kurios!

Charley
Get Serious Blog
HomeDiscipling Dad Blog

Philip said...

Great input Charley, learning Greek is on my to-do-list. :)

May God bless your efforts in teaching the kids.