Thursday, June 17, 2010

Deep Conviction in Christ

"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven." Matthew 10:32-33

In my Bible Study time lately I have really been convicted to dig deeper. Instead of just taking the time to read a verse, I have felt the need to really meditate on it and let it speak to my heart.

The Bible that I do most of my reading in is a NIV translation. This morning I decided to find this passage in King James.

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 10:32-33 KJV

As you can see the word acknowledge is confess in the KJV. I enjoy going to Vine's Expository to look up greek words in scripture and reading the definitions. The greek translation for this verse is: homologeo

The definition is: to declare openly by way of speaking out freely, such confession being the effect of deep conviction of facts

The word acknowledge is a different greek word with a different definition. It is not used in this verse in the greek translation.

Scripture Dig had a great post on different Bibles last week. It really made me think about what version I am studying from.

I go back to the definition of "confess" the definition focuses on a "deep conviction of facts". A deep conviction of facts is having a firm belief in the facts, in the Word.

It reminds me that in order to develop the deep relationship with Christ that I want, I must dig a little deeper into the Word. It is easy to say that I believe, but I must know what I am saying that I believe in. I cannot pick and choose which parts of the Bible that I want to follow. If I want to follow Christ, I have to follow all of Him, all the time.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:1 KJV

What version do you use in your Bible Study time?


Layton Family Joy said...

another great post Amy!! I have an NIV bible that was given to me - but I use or - and always check out the ESV or NKJV.

(it drives me nuts when my husband uses The Message - I always tell him, "okay - just don't quote that".)


Cilla said...

I use KJV ... I've been brought up with only that version of the bible.. and I wonder whether reading another version would make me see things FRESH..

Ashley said...

I use ESV. I love it!

When you were talking about going deeper in your bible study it reminded me of something I read on 'A Holy Experience' a few days ago and a method she is using to read verses.

Ann is reading things four time...

Read: Slowly read the text.
Meditate: Chew on the text.
Pray: Pray the text.
Contemplate: Live the text.

I too want to go deeper...I am going to try this method in my personal bible time.