oday’s Daily Light
Addenda to Yesterday’s DL: The Spirit as Attacker and Teacher
My very good friend, pastor, and person I most respect as to his desire to accurately interpret and safe guard scripture… is David N. He lovingly sent a wonderful critique after yesterday’s DL as to a more clear and accurate understanding of the use of the verb ‘convict’ as used in the New Testament. Here is what David provided:
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to put to proof, to test; to convict, Jn. 8:46; Jas. 2:9; to refute, confute, 1 Cor. 14:24; Tit. 1:9; to detect, lay bare, expose, Jn. 3:20; Eph. 5:11, 13; to reprove, rebuke, Mt. 18:15; Lk. 3:19; 1 Tim. 5:20; to discipline, chastise, Heb. 12:5; Rev. 3:19; pass. to experience conviction, Jn. 3:20; 1 Cor. 14:24 ˘ rebuke; refute.
The basic meaning is “to make the issues clear”, and when that happens in court, the person is either convicted or released because the issues are clear. I think the ‘attack” idea is secondary at best. Using the definition of “making the issues clear” will fit in almost all the references listed above.
(Thank you David..you always make me sharper and better!)
I pray that all of us will begin to see the kingdom of God ‘coming’ and ‘growing’ around us everyday. I pray that we will seek to be kingdom seed-sowers. Amen.