Jan
2018

The Greek noun “ἐθελοθρησκία”

Limited to Col. 2:23, the Greek noun “ethelothreskeia” meant “self-made” or “would be” religion.  This term describes “worship which one devises and prescribes for himself, contrary to the contents and nature of the faith which ought to be directed to Christ” (Earle, p. 357).  Vine, in his entry on “worship,” defined it “unbidden or forbidden” worship.  Just as it is wrong to worship another deity (Ex. 34:14), so doing or offering what has not been authorized by God is sinful (compare Mt. 15:8-9).

Jan
2018

The Greek adjective “ἑδραίωμα”

Limited to 1 Tim. 3:15 and not employed by secular writers, the Greek noun “hedraioma” meant “foundation.”  Paul said the church is the “foundation” for truth.

“Insofar as the church rests on a sure foundation (Jesus Christ himself, 1 Cor. 3:11), it in turn functions as the foundation of the truth:  the church upholds and preserves the truth by means of its confession (cf. v. 16) in the fight against enemies within and without” (Silva, 1:88).

Jan
2018

The Greek adjective “ἑδραῖος”

Limited to 1 Cor. 7:37; 15:58; Col. 1:23, the Greek adjective “hedraios” meant “steadfast” or “firm.”  Paul spoke about a “firm conviction” in 1 Cor. 7:37 and Christians being “steadfast” in the faith (1 Cor. 15:58; Col. 1:23).  All three of these texts describe “mental or spiritual firmness” (Silva, 2:88).