Stand fast in the faith: which is proper to those that are watchful; for men asleep cannot well stand. He should be fixed in the faith of the gospel, and never desert or give it up. ad Plat. Scripture is not afraid to speak stereotypically about the natural connection between masculine strength and courage. iii. Comp. "You have as your opponents false teachers, persecutors, and evil spirits. Stand for Christ and don"t move! As Thiselton explains, “it does not simply pose a contrast with supposedly ‘feminine’ qualities; it also stands in contrast with childish ways.”[4] In other words, the root idea invokes both masculinity and maturity. Of course not! BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. The Greek word in question is built on a root that refers to adult males (aner). This command is given to everyone in the congregation, both men and women. g.]— ἐν τῇ πίστει, in the faith, ch. And yet this association is precisely what appears in 1 Corinthians 16:13. these two verses pretty much speak for themselves don’t they? 15 You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the Lord’s people. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Greek Scripture. Why would Paul speak like that? Popularity relative to other verses in 1 Corinthians chapter 16 using average monthly Google searches. krataioo. "Family Bible New Testament". Nevertheless, Byrd notes that the verse is addressed to both men and women and therefore cannot be saying anything meaningful about manhood per se. Wherefore. The word watch means "to keep awake, be vigilant, be watchful." This exhortation may respect either standing in the grace of faith, in opposition to doubting and unbelief, and design a continuance in the exercise of it, notwithstanding all the corruptions of nature, and the various sins and infirmities of life, the frequent temptations of Satan, and the many afflictions and trials in the world, which may occasion diffidence and distrust; for standing in this grace, and in such a constant exercise of it, greatly glorifies God, is what is wellpleasing in his sight; and in this way saints have communion with God, peace and comfort in their souls, and much spiritual joy and pleasure: it is the grace by which they stand, and therefore should stand in it, and by which they overcome the world. 11  Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren. Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 16:13". Perhaps the best way to illustrate the usage is with a similar one in English. Compare Galatians 1:5, Galatians 1:1. 1 Corinthians 16:13. Be firm in maintaining what you believe to be true, and in holding on to your personal confidence in God, notwithstanding all the arts, insinuations, and teachings of seducers and the friends of false doctrine. All such things, started to infiltrate the church in the time of Paul and seem and have exploded into multiple fragments of falsity, within today's apostate churches and heretical cults. This particular usage means roughly the same thing we mean when we say “be a man” or “man up.” It calls for readers to put away whatever inhibitions or fears they might have about doing something, and do it. In this sense, courage is not the absence of fear. "Commentary on 1 Corinthians 16:13". Taking time to focus on the Father’s way. 1 Corinthians 16:13 - 1 Corinthians 16:14. Popularity rankings are based on search volume data from the Google AdWords Keyword Planner tool. Likewise, the expression in 1 Corinthians 16:13 calls for courage. BibliographySchaff, Philip. "Watch ye"-"Keep your eyes open for spiritual danger" (Tay) "The five tenses are present to express durative and continuous not careless, indifferent, or easily deceived!" Be strong; in the grace which is in Christ Jesus. [2] It is worth pointing out that Strachan acknowledges that Paul directs this text to both men and women: “His words in 1 Corinthians 16:13-14 apply to all believers, to be sure. I want to read this all one more time. I want to read this all one more time. American Tract Society. Don"t demonstrate fickleness, heedlessness, impatience, immaturity, childishness..DEMONSTRATE STRENGTH! It is his duty to guard against surprise. The call to courage is limited to neither male nor female but is required of both. BibliographyEdwards, Justin. “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Some interpreters who favor “act like men” understand the text as a call to manhood. 1685. is not possible; ἀνδρίζεσθε and κραταιοῦσθε, again, to the manly (“muliebris enim omnis inconstantia,” Pelagius) and vigorous resistance against all dangers, without which that stedfastness cannot continu. In scripture, Christlikeness and masculinity/femininity are not in opposition to one another. Taking time to focus on the Father’s way. CBMW Executive Office Indeed we are members of His Body and united together in Him- not only in this life but in the ages to come. And may all I say and do be done in love - to Your honour and glory in Jesus name I pray, AMEN, 1 Corinthians 16:13 in the Parallel Bible, 1 Corinthians 16:13 in the Thematic Bible, 1 Corinthians 16:13 Treasury of Scripture Knowing. This is a simplified translation of the original Greek word.