Are You Testing By Sunlight

Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle in both of which I stir up pure minds by way of reminder…2 Peter 3:1 NKJV.

Pure, eilikrines, Strong’s #1506: Literally “tested by sunlight.” The thought is that of judging something by sunlight to expose any flaws. In first century Jerusalem people of discernment would inspect earthenware outside the booths in the open streets by holding pots up to the sun and inspecting for flaws such as holes, cracks or any evidence of wax used to plug leaks.

Eilikrines also describes metals with alloys (touchstones are used to test) and liquids unadulterated with foreign substances.

In the N.T. generally understood to relate to the lives or wills of Christians, in Paul’s epistles it seems to refer to dokimazo (1381), to discern. Peter in our text joins it with dianola (1271), understanding and thus meaning clearness of mind or understanding by which one is able to see all things intelligibly clearly, and proceed without mistake.

To sum up, eilikrines may be rendered, clear, clearly discerning, of clear judgment or discernment, i.e., spiritually, in all things both of Christian faith and practice (Phil.1:10; 2 Pet. 3:1). It is used in an ethical and moral sense, free from falsehood, pure, and without hidden motives.

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