December 29, 2015 Matt Pennock

δύναμις, Power

The word power is a very broad term in the English language. The word used in the scriptures is dýnamis which does not refer to a passive state of being but ability, strength, and force. It is an important term used 120 times in the NT. If God has given us a spirit of dunamis, then he has given us great ability, capacity, strength, and capability:

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. 1 Tim 1:7, NASB

Ancient Context

Ancient Context

δύναμις from δύναμαι

I.power, might, strength, Homer: then, generally, strength, power, ability to do a thing, id=Homer; παρὰ δύναμιν beyond one’s strength, Thuc.; ὑπὲρ δ. Dem.; κατὰ δ. as far as lies in one, Lat. pro virili, Hdt.
2.power, might, authority, Aesch., etc.
3.a force for war, forces, Xen.
4.a quantity, Lat. vis, χρημάτων δ. Hdt., etc.
II.a power, faculty, capacity, αἱ τοῦ σώματος δυνάμεις Plato, etc.; also of plants, etc., Xen.
III.the force or meaning of a word, Plato, etc.
2.the worth or value of money, Thucydides.

 

Biblical Definition

Biblical Definition

1411 dýnamis (from 1410 /dýnamai, “able, having ability“) – properly, “ability to perform” (L-N); for the believer, power to achieve by applying the Lord’s inherent abilities. “Power through God’s ability” (1411 /dýnamis) is needed in every scene of life to really grow in sanctification and prepare for heaven (glorification). 1411 (dýnamis) is a very important term, used 120 times in the NT.

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Source: Strong’s Greek: 1411. δύναμις (dunamis) — (miraculous) power, might, strength

 

 

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