Apr
2012

The Greek word alethinos

Like the Greek adjective “alethes,” the Greek adjective “alethinos” also described what was true or genuine.

Jesus spoke of “true riches” in Lk. 16:11Lk. 16:11
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11 If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?

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. The book of John talks about the “true light” (Jn. 1:9Jn. 1:9
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9 There was the true light, even the light which lighteth every man, coming into the world.

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), “true worshipers (Jn. 4:23Jn. 4:23
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23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth: for such doth the Father seek to be his worshippers.

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), and the “true bread” (Jn. 6:32Jn. 6:32
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32 Jesus therefore said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, It was not Moses that gave you the bread out of heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread out of heaven.

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). Jesus is identified as the “true vine” in Jn. 15:1Jn. 15:1
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15 1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

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. Paul said there is a “true God” (1 Thess. 1:91 Thess. 1:9
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9 For they themselves report concerning us what manner of entering in we had unto you; and how ye turned unto God from idols, to serve a living and true God,

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) and an unnamed author said people can have a “true heart” (Heb. 10:22Heb. 10:22
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22 let us draw near with a true heart in fulness of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience: and having our body washed with pure water,

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This adjective is limited to the books of Luke, John, First Thessalonians, Hebrews, First John, and the book of Revelation. The book that most often uses this term is Revelation—John used this adjective ten times when writing the final book of the New Testament.