SPECIAL TOPIC: GODLINESS

This is a pivotal term in the Pastoral Letters (i.e., 1 Timothy; 2 Timothy; Titus). It refers to both the doctrinal and daily lifestyle implications of the gospel. It describes not the exceptional, but the expected. It is a compound term from "good" (eu) and "worship" (sebomai). True worship is daily living by means of proper thinking (cf. 1 Tim. 4:16a). Notice the number of times this word is used in the Pastoral Letters:

1. noun (eusebeia), 1 Tim. 2:2; 3:16; 4:7,8; 6:3,5,6,11; 2 Tim. 3:5; Titus 1:1

2. adverb (eusebēs), 2 Tim. 3:12; Titus 2:12

3. verb (eusebeō), 1 Tim. 5:4

4. The related term theosebeia, 1 Tim. 2:10

5. The negated term (alpha privative, i.e. asebeia), 2 Tim. 2:16; Titus 2:12

 

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