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This page revised and Copyrighted: Theon Doxazo

14 December, 2023

 

Self-Control Exegesis Preface

02.8.0

The commentators generally, as well as Grundmann and Vine specifically, tend to agree that Self-Control entails restraining inappropriate desires from expression.  The various commentators have a tendency to stress the self-discipline involved with alcohol.  This commentator saw this as in response to the Temperance Movement of the 1800s and early 1900s.  More comtemporary commentators see Self-Control as a broader term not restricted to alcohol use.

 

Vine presents us with a nice understanding of Self-Control as 'the controlling power of the will under the operation of the Spirit of God.'

 

Grundmann, writing for Kittle, gives us:  "ἐγκράτεια [self-control] thus means the 'dominion which one has over oneself or something' in the sense that one may or may not have it, that one can bear it, that one thus controls it."  It is the hope of this author that this insight may provide us with an approach to addictive behaviors.

 

Although egkrateia is a relatively rare term in NT Greek usage, an inspection of it's usage indicates nothing to alter the understanding given above.

 

 

 

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