Greek Word Study, Part XV

182)chrisma- endowment of the Holy Spirit, unction, anointing/ The word’s meaning has deteriorated through time.  The English word “charisma” now means the magnitude of the multitude.  It can denote both positive and negative elements.  i.e. Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy had charisma, but so did Adolf Hitler.  The ability to appeal to and attract the majority of people.

183)chronos- season, time period/ Our word chronology comes from this root word and denotes a consecutive order of time or time periods.

184)pseudadelphos- false brethren/ The prefix pseudo means false.  Delphos denotes brotherly.  PhilaDELPHia is the city of brotherly love.

185)pseudapostolos- spurious apostle, pretended preacher, false teacher/ Literally, false apostle.  Many claim apostleship in our day, yet have never walked with Jesus Christ nor have they experienced the risen Lord or wrote books of the Bible.  False apostles are the very height of foolish human presumption and folly.

186)pseudes- false, liar, deceitful, untrue, erroneous, wicked/ This is the root word of anything false such as pseudonym, meaning other or false name.

187)pseudodidaskalos- false teacher, propagator of erroneous Christian doctrine/ The Greek word didache from which we get the word didactic comes from “didaskalos,” pertaining to teacher.

188)pseudologos- speaking lies, especially of Christian doctrine/ Pseudo means false.  Logos means the truth, especially the written Word (Bible) and the living Word (Jesus).

189)pseudonumos- untruly named, false name, so called/ We get the word pseudonym from this word, and it carries the same, exact meaning.  False name or other name.

190)o- note of exclamation, oh/  Our corresponding exclamation “Oh!” comes from this Greek counterpart.

191)ode- chant, ode, religious song/ Folk singers often sing such songs.  Another synonym would be ballad.  A brief song or poem with spiritual impetus.

192)hora- day, hour, instant, season, time/ The word “hour” plainly came from the Greek root hora.  Our hour is precisely sixty minutes.

193)hosanna- exclamation of adoration/ Applied most appropriately to Jesus Christ, suggesting honor, worship, praise in the highest, power and glory!

194)agonizomai- laboring fervently/ In Colossians 4:12 we read that Epaphras labored fervently, praying for the church at Colossae with great zeal.  The English word agonize has nearly the same meaning, yet more so infers mental anguish and consternation over a matter.

195)ekenosen- It means to make empty, to divest, to make void that which was formerly owned/ Jesus “made himself of no reputation.”  Philippians 2:7  “…he took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.”  This is an excellent Greek word to share with those who do not understand Christ’s deity, and why Jesus walked the planet earth without the full powers of His Godhead.

196)kaphar- This is actually a HEBREW word for the pitch that covered Noah’s ark (Genesis 6:14)/  It is used for “atonement” in other places in the Old Testament.  The blood of Christ makes an atonement (covering) for our soul.  (Leviticus 17:11)  The Old Testament pitch and animal blood pointed to the blood of Christ, the perfect atonement of our soul.

197)shofar- HEBREW for the trumpet, as used in Israel/  It was made of a ram’s horn and used on many important occasions.  It is the trumpet of God.  It is used often today to announce the beginning of a prophecy conference.  More importantly, the trumpet announces Christ’s soon return.  I Thessalonians 4:16  “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven…with the trump of God.”

198)skene- the Greek word for tabernacle/  The HEBREW word “shakan” meant to dwell, and both words became related to the Shekinah glory cloud that filled the ancient tabernacle  (Exodus 40:34).  Jesus later tabernacled  about in the flesh (John 1:14), and finally the Holy Spirit will one day descend out of heaven and the “tabernacle of God” will forever be with men.  (Revelation 21:3)

199)kathairo- cleaned up/  The branches that do produce are purged and cleaned up for further use.  (Matthew 13:18-23).  Can you not see where we get the medical term catheterization?

200)gehenna- the ultimate hell/  Those in the present hell (Greek hades) will eventually be “cast into the lake of fire.”  (Revelation 20:15)  Both are fearsome places of real fire.


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