New Testament Key Words: Joy

More Than Emotion

The word from the New Testament most commonly translated as “joy” in English is the Greek word chara. In that original language (as in Hebrew of the Old Testament) this word described more than an emotional state, but instead and entire disposition of thought. This can be quite different from our modern concept of “joy” which is linked with one’s personal feelings.

The Ideal Father

Depictions of Fathers

There have been many different depictions of fathers in literature, movies, and television programs. Sometimes these depictions are basic ideals, while others explore more depth in the interaction between fathers and children. These kinds of stories and figures can sometimes influence one’s image of what an ideal father is supposed to be. This is especially true when examined through the eyes of childhood.

New Testament Key Words: Believe

A Necessary Connection

The word from the New Testament most commonly translated as “believe” in English is the Greek word pisteuo. In that original language, this word is merely the verbal form (action) of the noun pistis which is most commonly translated as “faith.” The connection between these two words is of paramount importance to the proper understanding of both.

New Testament Key Words: Perseverance

A Powerful Word

The word translated as “perseverance” in the NASU is a powerful one in regard to the Christian spiritual walk. An example of its usage can be seen in 2 Pet. 1:6:

“and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness.”

A Man of the World

A Confused Term

The term “man of the world” or “worldly” is used to describe someone experienced with the world at large. This type of person may be called refined or sophisticated, well connected to those of importance in the world. Such a person is sometimes admired for their experience or social stature. This type of a “worldly” man focuses upon the positive aspects of the world in which we live (at least at face value).