I feel like the word manifest is thrown around quite often by believers. It made me wonder what the word actually meant. Therefore, let’s look at what the word manifest means in Hebrew and Greek.
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
What Does The Word ‘Manifest’ Mean In Hebrew?
barar- to examine; select.
What Does The Word ‘Manifest’ Mean In Greek?
aphanes- non-apparent, invisible.
“And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
– Hebrews 4:13
delos- clear, plain, evident.
“But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.“
– Galatians 3:11
ekdelos- wholly evident, clear.
emphanes- apparent, seen, visible.
This word is used both metaphorically (Romans 10:20) and literally (Acts 10:40)
emphanizo- to show forth.
This term is used to describe physical manifestation (Matthew 27:53) and the manifestation of Christ by the Holy Spirit to believers who abide in Him.
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
– John 14:21
prodelos- obvious, evident.
“For it is evident that our Lord arose from Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.”
– Hebrews 7:14
phaneros- apparent, visible, clear.
This word is translated in the following ways:
- manifest (Luke 8:17)
- known (Matthew 12:26)
- appear (1 Timothy 4:15)
- openly (Matthew 6:14)
- abroad (Mark 4:22)
- spread abroad (Mark 6:14)
phaneroo- to render apparent.
Clearly, the way people use this word today is different than the actual meaning. However, it’s found in the Bible and is used by the apostles.
That’s what the word manifest means in Hebrew and Greek. I pray you found this article helpful. If so, please share this content. Also, feel free to share any thoughts in the comments below. Thanks for reading!
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