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A Word for the Day
by Dr. J. D. Watson   

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Publisher:  AMG Publishers ISBN-10:  0899576869 Type: 


Copyright:  October 2006 ISBN-13:  9870899576862

A daily devotional (366 days) based upon Greek word studies. Each day of the year we examine a particular Greek word by first presenting a brief word study and then a practical application to make that word real in your life. For reinforcement, each day also includes other related verses that you can study on your own.

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Word Studies and devotional applications for over 350 New Testament words.

Additional “Scriptures for Study” that reinforce each word study.

“Greek Pronunciation Guide” to make it easy to learn how to pronounce transliterated Greek words.

Strong’s numbers included for every word, allowing quick lookup in other resources.

Included in most studies are etymology, use in ancient Greek, Septuagint use, and especially NT usage.

Bonus chapter on how to mine your own word riches, with a special section on Bible interpretation.

Numerous Endnotes on the text and a Bibliography on major language resources used in writing the book.

Four indexes: Scripture, English words, Greek and Hebrew words, and Strong’s numbers.


February 1

Truth (1)


We live in a day when the concept of truth is more and more challenged. Never before has there been such a redefining of truth. Many, in fact, deny that there is any truth at all. In stark contrast, however, the Word of God, in no uncertain terms, makes it clear that there is truth and that truth is to be found only in God and His Word.

The English words truth and true speak of what is real, what really is, what is factual. It’s not opinion, it’s not conjecture, it’s not hypothesis or theory. Rather, it is, like the old expression, “telling it like it is.” If something is true, it is absolutely reliable, totally secure. It cannot change because to do so would mean it’s not true, not reliable.

The Greek aletheia (225) means basically the same thing as the English. As one Greek authority puts it: etymologically aletheia means “nonconcealment.” It thus denotes what is seen, indicated, expressed, or disclosed, i.e., a thing as it really is, not as it is concealed or falsified. Aletheia is the real state of affairs.

Aletheia, along with its related words, appears no less than 187 times in the NT. It appears, for example, in John 1:14, where it refers to the incarnate Christ: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” In 16:13, our Lord promised, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth,” that is, all that is reliable, constant, sure, and unchanging. In both cases, and in all others, the concept of truth is that which is not concealed, what really is.

So again, the fundamental concept to understand about truth is that it is that which is absolute, that which is incontrovertible, irrefutable, incontestable, unarguable, and unchanging. If something is true, it’s always true and can never be untrue, no matter what the circumstances.

We will continue our study of this word over the next two days. The desire of the true Christian is absolute truth in all things and every area of life.

Scriptures for Study: What does John 14:6 declare? & In John 16:13, what is one ministry of the Holy Spirit? & In John 17:17 and 19, what is a result of truth?

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