What do people mean when they say: Apologetics

“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,” (1 Peter 3:15, ESV)

“defense” is from the Greek word “apologia” which is where we get our word apologetics – give a defense or a reason for our hope that is in us through the Lord Jesus Christ.

The reason (apologia) for my hope is in Jesus Christ who died in my place and paid for my sins and by a gift from God that I receive by faith in Jesus and his finished work I have a sure hope – both in this life (presence, peace and transformation of myself in Christ) and I have a place forever with God the Father in the one to come. All that I need and all that I could hope for is in Jesus Christ.

This I must do with gentleness and respect – gentleness and respect to equate with equivocating – I have to stand strong on truth and not move. The greatest love I can show to anyone is this: Truth – Jesus is Truth.


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