Friday, 12 June 2015

Paranoia ... or metanoia

Can two walk together, except they be agreed? Amo 3:3

It is God's deepest desire that we agree with Him ... fixed and joint ... betroth onto Him. Walk. Have intimacy with Him.

Invitation corrupted

Yet, somehow, by translation, we have perverted His Word to make ourselves unworthy of such ...

So, in the New Testament God tells us often to repent ...


Does He?

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? Rom 2:4 

In fact, God does not tell us to repent.

He tells us to metanoia.

Only, this word had been corrupted and perverted throughout translation ...

There is something this word is not!

God does not tell us to:

Turn from our wicket ways or ... 
Turn or burn; 
List our sins to be forgiven; 
Turn around from our sins or be lost; 
Name our sins and confess them one by one; 
Pay penance for our sins; 
Remind ourselves of our sins and do something to come into right-standing with Him ... 


There is something more to this word?


The original Greek word for repent is metanoia, which means to be with understanding

It has nothing to do with repentance!

Then what happened in the English?

The origin of the English word repent or repentance comes from the Latin (Latin translation of the Bible).

It carries with it the concept of paying penance - as found among the Roman Catholics and other denominations. Only the English translators took it one step further - instead of just paying penance, you have to re-pent. That means one has to pay penance again and again as if the cross never happened.

The original

The word metanoia is a composite of two Greek words. It consists of (1) the base word noia or nous which means understanding and (2) the prefix meta which means with or having or in line with.

Thus, metanoia means with understanding.

There is a flip-side

The opposite of to be with understanding is to be without understanding

That's really deep. I know.

We get this opposite word by adding the prefix a to the base word noia. This word is anoia (having no understanding or madness).

Significantly, the word anoia occurs only twice in the New Testament. The first time is in Luke 6:11 where the Pharisees were filled with madness when Jesus healed a man with a cripple hand on the Sabbath. The second time is in 2 Timothy 3:9 where Paul warns against rising false teachers filled with folly that has the ability to creep unto men giving an ear to those without understanding.

And then there is also paranoia

By adding the prefix para (meaning against, beside, opposite) to the base word noia we get paranoia

The word paranoia is used in the New Testament only once in 2 Peter 2:18 and is translated as madness. It is used to describe the donkey of Balaam intervening against the madness (or the standing against or non-understanding or twisted-understanding) of Balaam by speaking to him.

Back to metanoia

In the 24 instances where repentance, or rather metanoia is used in the New Testament all are used to promote our understanding with (or inline with or to agree with) the understanding, the noia of God.

What then, is the understanding (noia) of God?

Abba is very clear on His Thinking when it comes to us. Jesus is His thinking about us.

That He paid in full for our sins!

That He has placed us without spot or blemish before Him!

That He has clothed us with a cloak of righteousness!

That He has made us blameless!

That He has made us holy!

That He justified us!

That He can never again see our sins! Completely forgiven!

That He has sanctified us!

That we are His beloved, pure bride!

And to think differently ...

... anything else contrary to this ... is anoia and paranoia.

It is to be without understanding. Or to be with twisted understanding. It is to be with unbelief and doubt (see here).

We are called to repent

So, when John the baptist and later on Jesus calls out repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Mat 3:2; Mat 4:17), the call is to be with understanding, to agree with God that He did exactly what was prophesied. He sent His Beloved Son to die for all so that none may fall away (in anoia). 

How incredibly precious is that?!

Let us agree

And now we may metanoia and agree with Paul on just how close the Kingdom of God has come to us.

Paul says the word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart. Rom 10:8


PS: In our next post we'll be looking at how Paul warns us against those being without understanding (those with anoia) preaching something other than pure Grace and perverting the Gospel. Don't miss it!

And then ... what about confessing?

We'll also be looking at the word confess in our third post in the series With Understanding.
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