***** Edited 082414 – More words and added them to the end *******
I have been studying the original words of scripture again the past couple days and I see something interesting to me.
Today, I am seeing there are four different original Greek words for the English word “flesh” (not counting built-in punctuation or verbs).
Pondering this along with the exact precise nature of God, I can’t help but wonder if in God’s mind and the true (yet hidden) reality there are 4 different kinds of “flesh”?
Here are the original words translated as “flesh” in the New Testament.
After pondering this a bit, the words of Paul in 1 Cor 15:39 comes to mind.
All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish 1 Cor 15:39
Is this truth revealed in the original words themselves?
Let’s check some names. How about the original Greek word for the English name “Paul”?
There are also four different original words for the English name “Paul”. Let’s check some others.
Are you seeing a pattern develop? What about “Jesus”?
What about “Joseph”? (only one… and it occurs 30 times – ponder Luke 3:23)
When He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age, being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, the son of Eli Luke 3:23
The original words of this verse are below. The word “age” (Strong’s #756) is actual closer to “beginnings” or “ages” as in “restart from the beginning” 30 times. See below:
What can we conclude?
Maybe I see this differently than others (being a technical person).
I see God’s word(s) in the original language as 100% precise and 100% accurate. I compare it not to our English language which is very inaccurate, but rather our current decimal system. I see it much like a database. Each database “pointer” points to a unique record. Even if the two records match for 99.999999999% of the fields. If there is the least-bit of difference, it is a new record.
How accurate is God?
Thus, In my mind, I have to conclude that somehow, with God (and in the true and hidden reality) each of these original words are different from the other one. This doesn’t make sense in our English, but in math we can get an idea. It is just like the number 1.53333333333333331 is not the same as 1.53333333333333330.
I believe God is that precise and much more (to infinity). And I believe this is a very good and trustworthy thing. Otherwise, our natural laws and sciences would fail, wouldn’t they?
In my mind, to say that the 4 different original words for “Paul” are exactly the same in God’s mind (and true perspective) would be the same as saying that 1.53333333333333331 is the same as 1.53333333333333330.
If you were on the space shuttle about to re-enter the atmosphere, wouldn’t you want to know that the engineers know and respect the difference between these two numbers? Or would you be ok with them saying “it’s ok, these two numbers (names) are the same thing…”?
To me, it gives me comfort to know God has to be accurate to the highest degree possible and can not lie or change things. He is the perfect standard.
So, what do you make of this? Does this matter at all?
Could there be (in God’s true) perspective 4 distinct versions of many things in scripture?
Does the body of Christ (and man) maybe have 4 parts?
Could this be why we have 4 gospels each with a different view?
Could this be in some way how God hid the truth from man’s natural perspective?
(Update) Here are some more English translated words each with 4 distinct original Greek words.
Wild Beast (Revelation 13:1)