Archive for October, 2016
Faith and belief (in its various cognates) are among the most frequently found words and concepts in the Bible. They are also among the most misunderstood and abused Biblical words. Without controversy, the Bible requires that all who would be saved from the condemnation of sin must possess faith in God and His Son:
The Greek New Testament employs several words which are translated by the English word, "servant." There are three major types of servitude that may be distinguished among these terms. One of these is the concept of one who is hired and works for the pay ("hired servant," from misthios, Luke 15: 17, 19; "hireling," from misthotos, John 10:12-13, etc.). A second term, doulos, is the concept of a bondservant or slave. This term is used literally to denote a slave (Col. 4:1, etc.), but it is also often used metaphorically of a Christian in reference to God or Christ (Rom. 1:1; Phi. 2:7, etc.). The third type of service is that which is rendered free of charge, willingly, and it is in the word diakonos.1 This word is most often rendered minister in the English versions,2 but in two passages it is rendered deacon (Phi. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3:8,12), the subject of this study.