E100: 086 | Need Wholeness?

"In today’s reading in 1 Timothy chapter 3 verses 1 to 16 Paul outlines the key characteristics God requires of leaders in his church. A leader must be faithful to his wife and have a well behaved family that respect and obey him. Leaders must be self controlled, temperate, able to teach and hospitable. Finally, leaders must have a good reputation." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)

Read 1 Timothy 3:1-16 | (ESV)

Beyond all question, the mystery from which true godliness springs is great: He appeared in a body, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by angels, was preached among the nations, was believed on in the world, was taken up in glory. (1 Timothy 3:16)
Most of the translations of the bible use the word "godliness" in this verse. Some others use the words "piety", "faith", or "religion". Given the varied English words used, the original Greek word must have been a tough word to understand and translate into English. It is helpful to look at the meaning of the original word to more fully understand the meaning of this word godliness. Godliness is not an everyday word and perhaps a little vague, strange, or misunderstood in today's culture. The root words of the original Greek word used here have a meaning of "well" and "to be devout". The classic reference book Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words says the word Godliness "denotes that piety which, characterized by a Godward attitude, does that which is well-pleasing to Him." Piety means devotion and reverence to God. William Barclay says that the word in Greek means, "a consciousness of what is due both God and man" or as Ray Steadman puts it "living in such a way that you are aware of what life requires of you." In the root and makeup of this word in Greek that has been translated 'godliness' there is a sense of wellness and wholeness. Completeness.

Ray Steadman gave a message where he said godliness "means balanced wholeness -- spirit, soul and body being kept in good health."

He went on to say the following about godliness.
... a renewed mind that views life the way God sees it because that is the way life really is; emotions that are brought under control so that they do not keep you off balance all the time, so subject to moods that no one knows whether you are going to be in a good or a bad mood: and, above all, a spirit that is in touch with the living God, that is not merely living for the visible things of life, but sees a relationship with God himself as the most important factor in life. That is godliness, balanced wholeness."
In another of his messages Ray Steadman pointed out one of humankind's deepest longings.
Every human being in this world wants to be a whole person, wants to "get it all together," we say. We want to find all the elements possible within ourselves and put them together so they function properly, and we become whole persons. The secret of wholeness -- that is what Paul is talking about: "Great indeed is the revelation of the secret of wholeness."
Simply put, Christ is the missing piece in life, he is the key to wholeness, to living a balanced and complete life, focused on God.

I am working through the E100 Bible Reading Challenge again. You can learn more about my journey and read the other posts completed so far at this link. I encourage you to stop back soon to read another passage.

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  1. Christ is the Prince of Peace~~Peace in Hebrew is Shalom. They still use "shalom" amongst the Jewish people today, like we say "good day", or another sort of "blessing" or "greeting" in passing. Shalom actually carries a lot more weight in that "greeting". Numbers 6:22-27 Moses is commanded by God to tell his bro Aaron to bless the Israelites w/these Words~
    The Lord bless you, and keep you;
    The Lord make His face shine on you,
    And be gracious to you;
    The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
    And give you peace."
    This is what Shalom is saying. The full Hebrew meaning of Shalom is to Make Whole, to be Made Complete.
    John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

    God gave me this Word through a dream I had back in April 2010. Never dreamt a "word" b4, by the way. Just the Word Shalom. I didn't know what it meant at that time, and actually didn't for several more wks, then some cool circumstances lead me to the meaning, by the Holy Spirit.

  2. This may say it better~What does the word "Shalom" mean?

    In modern Hebrew, the word means “hello,” “goodbye,” and “peace.”

    How can it mean a greeting and a farewell, and what do these words have to do with “peace”?

    Think of it this way: When you meet someone, can you think of a nicer thing to say than “peace” or to wish them “peace” as they leave?

    When we wish one another “peace,” we are expressing the hope that we experience physical, emotional and psychological peace, that we do not experience any disturbance to our bodies, our hearts or our minds.

    The Hebrew term “Shalom” gets at that meaning.

    The English word for “peace” comes from the Latin root “pax” which also gives us the words “pacific,” “pacifier” and “pacification.”

    The root of the Hebrew word “Shalom” means wholeness, completion, wellness, perfection. When we are “at peace” we feel a sense of “wholeness.”

    Just as we try to achieve a sense of wholeness as individuals, so we seek a feeling of wellness as groups, a state of “peace.”


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