What does “Dunamis” mean in the Bible?
Dunamis is the Greek word for power. It is the origin of our English words dynamite, dynamo and dynamic. Dynamite blows things up. A dynamo generates electricity. Something dynamic is not laid back. It’s on the move!
Dunamis in the Bible
In our English Bibles, the Greek word dunamis is translated using various words. For instance, when Jesus healed a long-ill woman, an older version of the Bible translated dunamis as “virtue” flowing from Jesus to the woman. (See Mark 5:30 KJV.) An update of the same version says that “power” flowed out of Him, which is what dunamis literally means (NKJV).
The Bible says a lot about the power (dunamis) of God.
Do I have any power?
If you are a laid-back person who doesn’t get much done, you may not see much spiritual power happening.
On the other hand, the Bible also talks about some human dynamos who are not all that smart about how they use whatever power they have. The Bible calls it “zeal not based on knowledge.” Romans 10:2.
Dunamis in action
A dynamo generates electricity. Something dynamic is not laid back. It’s on the move! In one country, the army general in charge of the national police force was also a dedicated Christian. He began giving Bible studies to his office staff. The idea spread to other police headquarters across the country. Before long, there were Bible study groups throughout the entire police network. They decided to name the entire project using the Bible name Dunamis because it was really powerful.
Before long, nearly 100 new churches sprang up around the country, and over a thousand police and police department employees gave their hearts to Jesus.
Today, Dunamis in that country continues. It has a special ministry to prisoners, especially recovering drug addicts. Thousands more have accepted the Lord and experienced His dunamis!
What does all this have to do with me?
You can get this spiritual power (dunamis) by deciding to serve the Lord, accepting His plan of salvation, and giving your heart to Him.