Meaning Of The Word Of Grace Essay

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Grace is from the Greek word chàris, meaning unmerited favor or that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness. (Westminster; G5485). In New Testament times this would have been interpreted through the lens of the patronage system, which meant a benefactor’s disposition to aid a suppliant, to his own interest. This meaning is closest to the Hebrew word for grace, which is hēn, which also refers to a client giving gratitude and loyal service in return for a benefit. To New Testament hearers, accepting a gift also meant accepting an obligation to the giver. Jesus’ gift of grace would require the recipient to return grace for grace by bearing witness to him and encouraging and supporting one another. (Freedman, 2000). It is from the root word χαίρω, meaning cheerful or, on meeting or parting, meaning be well. In our passage, Paul’s use of the word “grace” would mean the unmerited favor received through our Lord Jesus Christ. Greet is from the Greek word aspázomai, meaning to salute one, greet, bid welcome, wish well to or to receive joyfully, welcome. (G782). Paul was wishing the Philippians well. Brother is from the Greek word adelphos, meaning a brother, whether born of the same two parents or only of the same father or mother; having the same national ancestor, belonging to the same people, or countryman; any fellow or man; a fellow believer, united to another by the bond of affection; an associate in employment or office; or brethren…

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