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Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words

Assurance, Assure, Assuredly

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A — 1: πίστις
(Strong's #4102 — Noun Feminine — pistis — pis'-tis )

"faith," has the secondary meaning of "an assurance or guarantee," e.g., Acts 17:31 ; by raising Christ from the dead, God has given "assurance" that the world will be judged by Him (the AV margin, "offered faith" does not express the meaning). Cp. 1 Timothy 5:12 , where "faith" means "pledge." See BELIEF , FAITH , FIDELITY.

A — 2: πληροφορία
(Strong's #4136 — Noun Feminine — plerophoria — play-rof-or-ee'-ah )

"a fullness, abundance," also means "full assurance, entire confidence;" lit., a "full-carrying" (pleros, "full," phero, "to carry"). Some explain it as full fruitfulness (cp. RV, "fullness" in Hebrews 6:11 ). In 1 Thessalonians 1:5 it describes the willingness and freedom of spirit enjoyed by those who brought the Gospel to Thessalonica; in Colossians 2:2 , the freedom of mind and confidence resulting from an understanding in Christ; in Hebrews 6:11 (AV, "full assurance," RV, "fullness"), the engrossing effect of the expectation of the fulfillment of God's promises; in Hebrews 10:22 , the character of the faith by which we are to draw near to God. See FULLNESS.

A — 3: ὑπόστασις
(Strong's #5287 — Noun Feminine — hupostasis — hoop-os'-tas-is )

lit., "a standing under, support" (hupo, "under," histemi, "to stand"), hence, an "assurance," is so rendered in Hebrews 11:1 , RV, for AV, "substance." It here may signify a title-deed, as giving a guarantee, or reality. See CONFIDENCE , PERSON , SUBSTANCE.

Note: In Acts 16:10 , for the AV (of sumbibazomai), "assuredly gathering," see CONCLUDE.

B — 1: πιστόω
(Strong's #4104 — Verb — pistoo — pis-to'-o )

"to trust or give assurance to" (cp. A, No. 1), has a secondary meaning, in the Passive Voice, "to be assured of," 2 Timothy 3:14 .

B — 2: πληροφορέω
(Strong's #4135 — Verb — plerophoreo — play-rof-or-eh'-o )

akin to A, No. 2, "to bring in full measure, to fulfill," also signifies "to be fully assured," Romans 4:21 , RV, of Abraham's faith. In Romans 14:5 it is said of the apprehension of the will of God. So in Colossians 4:12 in the best mss. In these three places it is used subjectively, with reference to an effect upon the mind. For its other and objective use, referring to things external, see FULFILL; see also BELIEVE , KNOW , PERSUADE , PROOF. In the Sept., Ecclesiastes 8:11 .

B — 3: ὀφειλή
(Strong's #3782 — Noun Feminine — peitho — of-i-lay' )

"to persuade," is rendered "assure" in 1 John 3:19 (marg., "persuade"), where the meaning is that of confidence toward God consequent upon loving in deed and in truth. See BELIEVE , CONFIDENCE , FRIEND , OBEY , PERSUADE , TRUST , YIELD.

C — 1: ἀσφαλῶς
(Strong's #806 — Adverb — asphalos — as-fal-oce' )

means (a) "safely," Mark 14:44 ; Acts 16:23 ; (b) "assuredly," Acts 2:36 ; the knowledge there enjoined involves freedom from fear of contradiction, with an intimation of the impossibility of escape from the effects. See SAFELY.

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Vines, W. E., M. A. Entry for 'Assurance, Assure, Assuredly'. Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words. 1940.

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