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.”

Why Was Jesus Baptized?

The Importance of Baptism

Baptism is an important and central aspect of the Gospel message. It is the process by which one is joined with the blood of Christ; the process by which one conforms to His death, burial, and resurrection; and the process by which one is joined to the body of Christ. However, when one studies the subject of baptism in detail, one discovers that Jesus Christ Himself was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River (Mat. 3:15, NASU). For what purpose did this baptism take place? In order to understand this question it is important to first look at the differences between Christian baptism and the baptism of John.

Not Worrying About Debt

A Debt Problem

A challenging problem faced by many people in their lives is the problem of debt. There are many possible causes for debts including: unforseen expenses, uncertain labor markets, fluctuating prices, inflation, and simple mismanagement of money. Certain debts have become such a problem for some that they have sought relief from the government in forgiving those debts.

Who Are Those From 'East and West'?

A Question of Identity

I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven; but the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 8:11, 12 (NASU)

This section of the Gospel of Matthew is part of a larger series on the demonstration of Christ’s power through miracles.