Oct
2017

The Greek word “dunatos”

Found 33 times in the New Testament, the Greek adjective “dunatos” meant “possible,” “strong,” “powerful,” “capable,” “mighty,” “having power.”

Jesus said all things are “possible” with God (Mt. 19:26Mt. 19:26
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26 And Jesus looking upon them said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

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).  Jesus asked if it were “possible” for Him to avoid the pain of the cross (Mt. 26:39Mt. 26:39
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39 And he went forward a little, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.

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; Mk. 14:35Mk. 14:35
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35 And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him.

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).  Jesus was regarded as someone who was “mighty” in word and deed (Lk. 24:19Lk. 24:19
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19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, The things concerning Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

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).  It was not “possible” for death to keep Jesus (Acts 2:24Acts 2:24
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24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pangs of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

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).  It is possible to be “mighty” in the Scriptures (Acts 18:24Acts 18:24
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24 Now a certain Jew named Apollos, an Alexandrian by race, an eloquent man, came to Ephesus; and he was mighty in the scriptures.

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).  If it is “possible” (Rom. 12:18Rom. 12:18
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18 If it be possible, as much as in you lieth, be at peace with all men.

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), live peaceably with all men.  Those who are “strong” in the faith need to help the weak (Rom. 15:1Rom. 15:1
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15 1 Now we that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

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