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).

What If You Could Know the Future?

A Common Worry

The future is something that many people worry about, with good reason. There are many uncertainties in life. In the world, nations rise and fall, battles and conflicts emerge, and “stability” is never certain. In one’s own life different pressures rise to cause worry in life. Economic forces cause strain and uncertainty, tensions within one’s personal life and family can cause strain, even our own mortality can cause most to stress about our own future. So, what if you could know what your future held? The most common answer to this question would be to take advantage of what that information would provide.

When Do We Start?

The Hardest Step

For many projects, getting started can be the most difficult step. One can spend a surprisingly large amount of time “preparing” or purposing to start “soon.” When it comes to one’s choice to become a better student of the Word of God there too exists a starting point, and this step of starting can be a difficult one. This should seem counterproductive, for Bible study provides the richest rewards for one’s own life, but it also requires commitment and effort – two things that do not come naturally.

A Mother's Treasure

A Rare Look

In the Gospel of Luke we are granted a rare view through the window into the childhood of Jesus Christ. It is after the story of Jesus, as a boy of twelve, being “misplaced” for a time in the Temple that a curious reference is found. Luke describes how, as Jesus continued to grow in the house of His parents in Nazareth, “His mother treasured all these things in her heart” (2:51, NASU). What “things” exactly were treasured by Mary as the child Jesus grew to become a man, “increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (2:52)?

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