To reconcile means to “restore to friendship or harmony.” The Greek katallasso means, “‘to reconcile.’ It is related to the Greek word, allasso, which means, “to change, exchange” (6x in the NT: Acts 6:14; Rom 1:23; 1 Cor. 15:51–52; Gal 4:20; Heb. 1:12).” In the New Testament, katallasso “is a theological term describing the... Continue Reading →
A ransom is a sum of money or a price demanded or paid to secure the freedom of a slave. The basic idea of “ransom” is the act of saving somebody from an oppressed condition or dangerous situation through self-sacrifice, such as a price that covers or satisfies justice, while the term “redemption” is the... Continue Reading →
The English word “atonement” “is derived from Anglo-Saxon words meaning, “making at one,” hence “at-one-ment.” It presupposes a separation or alienation that needs to be overcome if human beings are to know God and have fellowship with him. As a term expressing relationship, atonement is tied closely to such terms as reconciliation and forgiveness.” The... Continue Reading →
1 Peter 3:15 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being prepared to make a defense [apologia] to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect;
An evangelist is a proclaimer of the gospel or good news, as well as all biblical truths. An evangelist is a proclaimer of the gospel or good news, as well as all biblical truths. In the broadest sense of the term for evangelizer, all Christians are obligated to play some role as an evangelist.
Acts 4:31 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. Just three days before Jesus was executed, Jesus told his disciples, “And this gospel of the... Continue Reading →
The apostle Paul used the art of persuasion or convincing. In his second letter to Timothy Paul writes, “You, however, continue in the things you have learned and were persuaded to believe, knowing from whom you have learned them.” (2 Tim. 3:14, UASV) The NASB renders the verse this way, “Continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of.” (The ESV, HCSB, and LEB render it similarly.) The Greek word here Pistoo has the sense of ‘being convinced, or being persuaded or sure of the truthfulness or validity of something.’