This is the Greek term bebaios, which has three connotations.

1. that which is sure, certain, or able to be relied on (cf. Rom. 4:16; 2 Cor. 1:7; Heb. 2:20; 3:6,14; 6:19; 2 Pet. 1:10,19).

2. the process by which something's trustworthiness is shown or established (cf. Rom. 15:8; Heb. 2:2, cf. Louw and Nida, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, Vol. 1, pp. 340,377,670).

3. in the papyri it became a technical term for a legal guarantee (cf. Moulton and Milligan, The Vocabulary of the Greek New Testament, pp. 107-8).


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