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  • Writer's pictureEli Schnell

It's Greek to Me!

Today, most understand the phrase, “It’s Greek to me!” It means, “I don’t understand” or “I don’t know the language.” This phrase is ironic because there was a time when Greek was the most common language on the earth. It was during the time of Jesus and the writing of the New Testament. God sent Jesus into the world at just the right moment to save the world, and the universally spoken Greek language played a part in accomplishing that mission (see Gal. 4:4).

When the New Testament was written, most of the world spoke Greek because of Alexander the Great’s conquest. It makes sense, then, that the New Testament was written primarily in Greek. Since Greek was so familiar, the soul-saving message of Jesus spread quickly across the whole earth (see Colossians 1:23).

God’s providential use of language shows His wisdom and love for us. He caused the most important event of all time to occur when most people spoke a common language. He chose that time because He cares about and loves every person on earth (see 2 Peter 3:9). God used the conquest of Alexander to provide the right setting to ease the communication of the gospel, benefitting every soul. Today, He continues moving people and nations providentially for the spiritual benefit of those seeking Him.

If you desire to know the truth, there is likely a Bible in a language you know not far from you now. Presently, the whole Bible has been translated into over 700 languages, with portions being translated into over 3500 languages. Open the Bible, read it, and receive salvation in Jesus Christ through obedience to His gospel. Then praise God with your brethren for his magnificent love and marvelous wisdom!

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