“he who began a good work in you”



This verse says that if work continuously for good in our lives, it will become a matter of habit and those deeds will stand until the coming of Jesus Christ.

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“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

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Philippians 1:6 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Being confident of πεποιθὼς To convince (by argument, true or false); by analogy, to pacify or conciliate (by other fair means); reflexively or passively, to assent (to evidence or authority), to rely (by inward certainty) Being confident
this τοῦτο That thing this
very thing, αὐτὸ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons very thing
that ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because that
he The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) he
which hath begun ἐναρξάμενος To commence on begun
a ἔργον Toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication, an act a
good ἀγαθὸν "good" (in any sense, often as noun) good
work ἔργον Toil (as an effort or occupation); by implication, an act work
in ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc in
you ὑμῖν To (with or by) you you
will perform ἐπιτελέσει To fulfill further (or completely), i.e., execute; by implication, to terminate, undergo perform
it (No Greek definition. English implied.)
until ἄχρις (of time) until or (of place) up to until
the day ἡμέρας Day, i.e., (literally) the time space between dawn and dark, or the whole 24 hours (but several days were usually reckoned by the Jews as inclusive of the parts of both extremes); figuratively, a period (always defined more or less clearly by the context) day
of Jesus Ἰησοῦ· Jesus (i.e., Jehoshua), the name of our Lord and two (three) other Israelites Jesus
Christ: Χριστοῦ Anointed, i.e., the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus Christ

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  • 4  Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy,

  • 5  For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;

  • 6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

  • 7  Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace.

  • 8  For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.


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