article by Don Hooser
Jesus and the apostles exhort us to actively "watch"! We need to understand all that they meant and the wide-ranging implications. Our survival and salvation could depend on that understanding and action!
The apostle Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth, "Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong" (1 Corinthians 16:13Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
See All...). The rest of the verse is clear, but what does "watch" mean? Paul wasn't telling us to be passive spectators—of entertainment or anything else. He meant something far different.
This article focuses on New Testament scriptures with the verb "watch"—important scriptures that are often misunderstood, ignored and neglected. How important is it that we "watch"? Consider this: The biblical command to watch is several times coupled with the command to pray. Is prayer important? Extremely so! And so is the command to watch!
Watch means to stay wide awake When the New Testament commands us to "watch," it is usually the translation of one of two Greek words ( gregoreuo and agrupneo ), which have similar meanings—to "stay awake" and to "be sleepless." They are usually meant in the metaphorical and spiritual sense—to be vigilant and on guard, fully awake, aware, alert and intently focused—with several applications and implications.
Please read full article at: http://www.ucg.org/bible-study/jesus-warning-watch-just-what-did-he-mean/
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