Learning New Testament Greek is essential to understanding the concepts and truths expressed by the original text. Our Greek Concepts articles aim to explain these two thousand year old Biblical Greek concepts to the believer of today. New articles are posted weekly on Mondays.
μέριμνα (merimna) - care, anxiety, worry
January 6, 2020
The Greek concept of μέριμνα (merimna) describes a state in which someone is mentally occupied with something. It manifests as an anxious, troubled, and distracted mind. The attention consumed with the cares of this life. The Bible teaches this is Satan’s only weapon against a believer in Christ, one that he employs to hinder spiritual growth.
λογικός (logikos) - rational, spiritual, pertaining to reason or logic
March 30, 2020
The Greek concept of λογικός (logikos) pertains to the reasoning processes of the human mind. It also describes the thinking processes through which we reason out the issues of life. It is where our most intimate and active relationship with the Lord takes place. Moreover, the Bible teaches that serving the Lord with our reasoning processes is how we become a living sacrifice.
φρονέω (phroneo) - mindset, frame of mind, attitude
April 20, 2020
The Greek concept of φρονέω (phroneō) encompasses the frame of mind, mental attitude, and mindset. It is not about individual thoughts, as much as the entire mental approach to all of life. Our reaction to every circumstance we encounter reveals our mental attitude. The Bible teaches that a humble frame of mind is the key component to genuine fellowship. Additionally, it describes Spiritual maturity as functioning with the mindset of Christ.
νοῦς (nous) - mind, thought, understanding, spiritual perception
February 1, 2021
The Greek concept of νοῦς (nous) has to do with our perceptive abilities (a way of understanding or interpreting something, a mental impression). Humanly speaking it is being aware of something by way of the senses – seeing, hearing, feeling, etc. While spiritually speaking it refers to the believer’s Spiritual perception, which is necessary for discerning the will of God. The Bible teaches that man, in his natural human state, does not have the ability to perceive and understand the things of God. Furthermore, it is only the Lord by His Spirit who is able to open man’s mind in this way; thereby allowing him to see, and to hear, and to know.