SPECIAL TOPIC: ARCHĒ

 The Greek term archē means the "beginning" or "origin" of something.

1. beginning of the created order (cf. John 1:1; Heb. 1:10)

2. the beginning of the gospel (cf. Mark 1:1; Phil. 4:15; 2 Thess. 2:13; Heb. 2:3; 1 John 1:1)

3. first eyewitnesses (cf. Luke 1:2)

4. beginning signs (miracles, cf. John 2:11)

5.  beginning principles (cf. Heb. 5:12)

6. beginning assurance based on gospel truths (cf. Heb. 3:14)

7. the beginning, Col. 1:18; Rev. 3:14

It came to be used of "rule" or "authority"

1. of human governing officials

a.  Luke 12:11

b.  Luke 20:20

c.  Romans 13:3; Titus 3:1

2. of angelic authorities

a. Romans 8:38

b. 1 Cor. 15:24

c. Eph. 1:21; 3:10; 6:12

d. Col. 1:16; 2:10,15

e. Jude 1:6

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