Jul
2013

The Greek word apate

Found just seven times in the New Testament (Mt. 13:22; Mk. 4:19; Eph. 4:22; Col. 2:8; 2 Thess. 2:10; Heb. 3:13; 2 Pet. 2:13), the Greek noun “apate” meant “deceitfulness” or “treachery.”

Jesus said riches are “deceitful” or seductive (Mt. 13:22; Mk. 4:19).  Lusts and passions are “deceitful” and seductive (Eph. 4:22; Heb. 3:13; 2 Pet. 2:13).  Philosophies contrary to the gospel can be deceitful and treacherous (Col. 2:8).  Unsaved people are “deceived” or seduced (2 Thess. 2:10).