Tuesday, March 27, 2007


Greek Pronunciation: ER-gon
Strong’s Number: 2041
Goodrich/Kohlenberger Number: 2240
Key Verse: “… the works that I do in my Father’s name, these testify of me.” -- John 10:25

[SEE: Miracles overview]

The Greek word ergon literally means “works.” This is a description from the standpoint of that which is normal and natural to God. As such they are called “works” or “deeds.” The word denotes work of: God, Christ, believers, unbelievers, Babylon, and the devil.

In the Septuagint, there are many different Hebrew terms that translate into ergon. This word is often used for such activities as plowing (Isaiah 28:24), weaving (Isaiah 19:9, 10), smelting (Exodus 27:19), or hewing wood (2 Chronicles 2:10). Many words which denote conduct in general are brought under the concept of work, as in Job 34:21 and Proverbs 16:7. Genesis 2:2, 3 reflect ergon in the creation of the world, and in Psalm 8:3, the works themselves proclaim they are created by God.

In the New Testament, this word is used 169 times. It is used by Jesus to describe His distinctive works, those works that no one else has done. Several times in John (5:36; 7:21; 10:25, 38), Jesus spoke of His miraculous works in an effort to spur people to believe in Him, “Though ye believe not me, believe the works that ye may know, and believe.”
These are works that no mere human can do. These works point to divine power.

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