This post expounding some thoughts of Lilias Trotter was thought provoking today. She writes:
When we want a word for humility or hope or holiness, we can only borrow from the classical, dimly to be guessed at by ordinary readers. We write for a people yet unborn spiritually; the words will be understood when the realities for which they stand come to need expression.
The people we serve among struggle to grasp concepts such as holiness (rather than merit), repentance, forgiveness, and even capital-G God. But we must speak of these things in words, praying that the Spirit will imbue them with meaning as the spiritual realities come to life.