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Godliness Exegesis Preface

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In the exegesis of Godliness which follows, Godliness, or εὐσεβείᾳ, is described as indicating:  a fear of God which is not feigned, nor is it overwhelming.  This Fear is driven by God's power and majesty.  In addition to Fear, God's gracious benevolence towards oneself and mankind is also present.  This produces a true Love for God.  When these two forces combine, they produce an awe and reverence for God.  As God's majesty and power is considered, a realistic Fear of God is produced.  As God's benevolence is contemplated, a true Love for God will also be present.

 

While this inner awe and respect for God is certainly present, important to understanding εὐσεβείᾳ is that it includes the idea of the Disciple being active in the world.  One's reverence for God is expressed, not just in church, but in the everyday life of the Disciple.  One 'lives out' their Trust in God.  To quote Foerster:  "εὐσέβεια is thus the practice of trust in God."

 

εὐσεβείᾳ combines both the inner reverence for God and the outer activity of letting that relationship impact one's whole life.  εὐσεβείᾳ describes the whole Disciple and includes the Disciple's relationship with Jesus as his Lord.

 

 

 

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14 December, 2023