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The Final Word ἁγίων

September 20, 2017

The Bible literally ends this way:

The grace
of the Lord Jesus Christ
be with all the holy ones. Amen.

Revelation 22:21

Hagiography is a word often used in a derogatory way to describe the practice of making somebody’s life seem bigger and better than reality.

But that fancy-sounding word “hagiography” itself has a fabulous little root word tucked in there.

The original Greek New Testament word ἁγίων sounds like HAGGY-own, and in its simplest form means holy…but wait, there’s more.

It also carries the meaning of being set apart, or separated out, by God and for God.

But wait. There’s more. A significant portion of that HAGGY-own business involves the preparation that makes being ἁγίων possible.

But wait. Yes, of course there’s more.

Who does that ἁγίων prep work? Who makes it possible for us to even begin to do our parts in becoming and being ἁγίων?

To answer those process questions, we go back where we began so long ago with Genesis 1:1 and its In the beginning, God. God starts the process.

Then here at the end of our Scriptures in Revelation 22:21, we’re awash in The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. God completes the process.

Hagiography in its purest form is about God’s love and grace first dressed up in human form as Christ Jesus, and then at work in other people:

The grace
of the Lord Jesus Christ
be with all the holy ones. Amen.
Revelation 22:21  

People like you: ἁγίων.

 

 

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