The Christ Collection: Eight Holy Garments – The New Testament Greek.

Colossians 3: 12-14   Garment – Greek Word/Phrase as written in English, with Strong’s # and Meaning.                           

Compassion                 oiktirmos splagchnon

3628 – a compassion, pity, i.e. deep feeling about someone’s difficulty or misfortune. In the NT, used of the deep feelings God has for all of us, and powerfully shows and shares in those following Him. 4698 – inward parts, deep within, the internal organs; (figuratively) “gut-level.”

Kindness                        chréstotés

5544 – a goodness, an excellence, an uprightness that is useable, i.e. well-fit for use (for what is really needed) or serviceable. In the NT, a “useful kindness” that refers to meeting real needs, in God’s way, in His timing (fashion). With the believer (“divine kindness”) is the Spirit-produced goodness which meets the need and avoids human harshness (cruelty).

Humility                          tapeinophrosuné

5012a – a lowliness of mind, a humility or self-abasement.

Gentleness                    prautés

4240 – a gentle strength, or meekness which expresses power with reserve and gentleness. For the believer, meekness is a gentle force that begins with the Lord’s inspiration and finishes by His direction and empowerment. It is a divinely-balanced virtue that can only operate through faith (cf. 1 Tim 6:11; 2 Tim 2:22-25).      

Patience                       makrothumia  

3115 – a patience, long-suffering, long-passion, i.e. waiting sufficient time before expressing anger. An embrace of steadfastness and staying-power, thus avoiding the premature use of force (retribution) that rises out of improper anger. In the NT, used of God Himself. Only the Lord produces true patience, longsuffering in us and hence is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22).

Becoming Otherly     anechó allēlōn                          

430 – to hold up, stay with, or to forbear, even after going through the needed sequence (course of action). 240 – one another/each other.

Forgiveness                charizomai                   

5483 – to extend favor, give pardon freely, or exercise grace; a favor that cancels. In the NT, used of God giving His grace to pardon. This is freely done and therefore not based on any merit of the one receiving forgiveness.

Love                              agapé

26 – a love, benevolence, good will, or esteem which centers in moral preference (“to prefer)”. In the NT, typically refers to divine love (what God prefers).

Colossians 3: 15-17 Accessory – Greek Word/Phrase as written in English, with Strong’s # and Meaning.                                      

The Peace from Christ      eiréné Christos

1515 – a peace, quietness, rest, or peace of mind. An invocation of peace in a Jewish farewell, a sense of health (welfare) of an individual. A proper wholeness when all essential parts are joined together. 5547 – the Anointed One, Messiah.

Thankfulness               eucharistos

2170 – being thankful, grateful for God’s grace working out what is (eternally) good; which literally means “grace-ful (thankful) for God’s grace” (what brings His eternal favor).

The Word of Christ            logos Christos                                           

3056 a word or saying (as embodying an idea), an expression of a thought, message or discourse, a “reasoning expressed by words.” 5547 – the Anointed One, Messiah.

Good Common Sense            sophia                            

4678  – a wisdom, a clarity, insight, or skill. The root of the English terms, “sophistication” and “philosophy” – literally “the art of using wisdom,” or “affection for wisdom.”

The Gift of Song                       adó ódé

103 – to sing. 5603  – an ode, a song, a hymn. Used in the NT of spontaneous, impromptu melodies of praise – not merely sung about (for) God but to God from a Spirit-filled heart. Spirit-inspired songs minister to God and exhort others, giving testimony about the living God to other worshipers.

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