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MULTI-COLORED - 20 Amazing Bible Words To Know: (POIKILOS)

MULTI-COLORED - 20 Amazing Bible Words To Know: (POIKILOS)

Of the many descriptive words in the New Testament, there is a colorful word that means just that: colorful. The Greek word poikilos means “many-colors.”

Throughout Greek history it was often used to describe something that displayed a great variety of colors. The shiny plumage on a bird, a polished piece of granite, the sheen of bright metals, the endless variety of dyed cloths. They are called poikilos because they are so varied and diverse.

As Greek became more sophisticated, so did their language. Poikilos came to refer even to the various intricacies of detailed laws and the complex personalities of different people. The basic meaning of poikilos is to describe how something constantly adapts from one moment to the next. With every turn and each new angle, a new color becomes apparent.

There is one specific use of poikilos in the Bible that makes this word immensely interesting for every believer. It is found in 1 Peter:

1 Peter 4:10
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.”

That word at the end - varied - is this same word. Here’s why that is vital for you to know: God’s grace is poikilos. That means that it can be any color that it needs to be. In other words, there is no sin that God’s grace cannot match.

What is the color of your sin? How deep? How dark? How long? How short? The grace of God is multi-colored. That means that God has grace enough for every one of us.

God’s grace is unending, limitless, unmatched and can cleanse every sin.

Amen to that! Thank you, Jesus!

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