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The Relationship between GOD, JESUS CHRIST and MAN

5. Words related to eidos

[5A] G1491 - εἰδος (eidos)

A. Thayer Definition


1) the external or outward appearance, form figure, shape

2) form, kind


Note: The NAS concordance lists this word as: G1491b - εἰ δος (eidos), with the definition "that which is seen, form."

B. Verses with this word


Luke 3:22; 9:29; John 5:37; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:22

C. Outline


       1.    Verses related to God.

              a.    The Father: He has never revealed himself in any form.

                     i.     John 5:37 - You have never seen his form...

              b.    Jesus: On the mountain, his form/appearance was temporarily changed. (His apostles saw what he would look like in the future.)

                     i.     Luke 9:29 - The appearance of his face was changed...

              c.    The Holy Spirit: He temporarily took on the form of a dove.

                     i.     Luke 3:22 - The Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in the bodily form / shape like a dove.


       2.    Avoiding evil, no matter what form it comes in.

              a.    1 Thessalonians 5:22 - Avoid every form / kind of evil (don't participate in it).


       3.    Not basing our lives on the form or appearance of things around us - what we "see."

              a.    2 Corinthians 5:7 - We live trusting God, rather than based on what we see / sight.

D. Summary - Combined with the next word, below.

[5B] G2397 - ἰδέα (idea)

A. Thayer Definition


1) form, external appearance

2) aspect, look


Note: The NAS lists this word as: G1490a - εἰδέα (eidea), with the definition of "form, appearance."

B. Verses with this word


Matthew 28:3

C. Outline


       1.    The angel's external appearance (in the tomb, after Jesus' resurrection).

              a.    Matthew 28:3 - His appearance was as bright as lightning...

D. Summary - For both this and the previous word.


The Father has never revealed himself in a visible form. (When God was visible in the Old Testament, who was it? In at least one instance, we are emphatically told that it was Jesus Christ! See John 12:41.)


Some verses describe the way someone looked - his appearance or form.


Sin comes in many forms (visible expressions). We are to avoid all of them.


We who follow Jesus do not live our lives based on what we can see, but based on our trust in God.

Dennis Hinks © 1983, 2006



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