Greek Word Study, Part XI

123)parabole- parable/  This is a story with a strong spiritual meaning and truth behind it.  Jesus is the Author of the Biblical stories that were understood by believers, and often confused unbelievers such as the Pharisees.

124)doxazo- glorify/  doxa- glory.  The doxology in the worship service brings glory to God.

125)prognosis- foreknowledge/  A straight one to one translation gives us the same word in English with the same exact meaning.  It is commonly used in the medical field, referring to the expected outcome in a given situation.   What is his prognosis for recovery?

126)Christianos- one who belongs to Christ/  The believers were first called Christians (named after Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior) in Antioch of Syria, mentioned in the book of Acts.

127)musterion- mystery/  A situation filled with intrigue and the unknown.

128)metamorphoo- transform/  A caterpillar goes through a metamorphosis as it turns into a butterfly, as does a tadpole when it changes into a frog.  This beautiful word can describe the transformation of a born again Christian as well.  II Corinthians 5:17  “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:  old things are past away; behold, all things are become new.”  (KJV)

129)sarx- flesh/  One can see this Greek transliteration as the root of the word sarcophagus, which is an ornate casket covering for the deceased.

130)kainos anthropos- new man/  If any man is in Christ, he is a new man.  (see #128 above and II Corinthians 5:17).  Anthropos refers to man as an upright creature.  Man is examined throughout history in the study known as anthropology.

131)morphe theou- form of God/  This word combination could refer to the different forms of God.  i.e. the Spirit or Holy Spirit; and God Incarnate, Immanuel, our Lord Jesus Christ.

132)prototokos- firstborn/  A parallel English word is prototype, which refers to the example, model or original standard upon which others are compared or built.

133)parousia- presence, second coming/  This word is often used to describe the rapture or “catching up” of the church.  The Lord will come for His own when the church age ends.  It literally means the coming of a person, hence in the Christian sense, it could refer to Christ’s coming in the rapture, or when He later comes in judgment.

134)epistole- written letter/  The apostles wrote epistles or letters.  Many of the letters (but not all) were inspired by God and ended up in our Bibles.  Paul wrote thirteen epistles under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.


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