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The illustration of virtue in Greek drama, part 8; The attitude of willing to be victorious, and the will to excel are the things that endure.

Friday, June 4, 2004

Perseverance – accusative singular feminine noun – hupomonen – u = patience, endurance, perseverance, or persistence.

In spite of opposition or distractions, you are someone who is not influenced by others.

Hupomone = courageous endurance in spite of all opposition.

The fourth member of the chorus = “consistency.”

1. Virtue (includes respect, loyalty, devotion).
2. Knowledge – perception of doctrine.
3. Self-control – organized life.
4. Perseverance – endurance or consistency.

Endurance only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.

This word is used for the ability of the believer to persevere when being pressured, JAM 1:12.

JAM 1:12 Happy is the one who perseveres under trial: for once he has been approved he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

LUK 8:15 – used for those believers who stick with doctrine in spite of all the pressure the kingdom of darkness tries to put on doctrinal believers.

The attitude of willing to be victorious, and the will to excel are the things that endure.

Trials, temptations, disappointments – all these are helps instead of hindrances, if one uses them rightly.

Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before.

2CO 6:4 But in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,

2PE 1:6 and in your knowledge, [gnosis – Biblical academic information] [epichoregeo], self-control, and in your self-control, [epichoregeo] perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness;

The fifth member of the chorus line – godliness – accusative singular feminine noun – eusebeian – eu*sevbeian = living the spiritual life.

Professor Gunther Bornkamm of Hiedelberg University defines eusebeia: “Christian faith and life, conduct in relationship to God, and manner of life.”

Professor Bornkamm –
“In the pastoral epistles, eusebeia denotes a particular manner of life.” “Eusebeia actually denotes the spiritual life of the believer.”

This spiritual life, eusebeia, only functions by epignosis or metabolized doctrine circulating in your soul.

1. Godliness is derived from EUSEBEIA which connotes the duty and responsibility of the royal priesthood to God under operation grace.

2. Godliness or the spiritual life is related to our Lord’s residence in the PPOG for His life, 1TI 3:16.

3. Godliness or the spiritual life refers to residence, function, and momentum inside of the PPOG for your life. This is synonymous with experiential sanctification.

4. 1TI 4:7-8 – godliness or the spiritual life is compared to physical exercise.

5. Godliness or the spiritual life is related to your perception of B.D. –
TIT 1:1 Paul, a bond-servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the doctrine of those elected by God and the epignosis knowledge of doctrine which is pertaining to the spiritual life,

6. Godliness or what you do in the spiritual life is also indestructible, 2PE 3:11.

7. Godliness is the Christian way of life in the PPOG, 2PE 1:3.

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