Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

Galatians 5:22-23 – Fruit and Nuts

| September 13, 2016

I love pistachios. Every once in a while, in a bag of pistachios, I get one that isn’t partially open. It is so closed I can’t crack it open. So I throw it away. We are like this to God. Our hearts can’t be totally closed. We aren’t useful to God unless He can crack […]

Galatians 5 and 2 Corinthians 3 – Differences between Old and New Covenants

| August 13, 2014

Been ruminating on what is or are the differences between walking after law versus walking after the Spirit (Galatians). Or, what is or are the major differences between the covenant written in stone and that written on the heart (2 Corinthians). For example, both are ethically equal in many commandments – do not murder, do […]

Colossians 3 – Naming Sin “Sin”

| March 30, 2014

I took my car to the mechanic and he said “I can fix your car.” I asked him, “What is the problem?” He responded, “All cars have problems, and need fixing.” Well, duh, but “What is the problem with mine? Did I cause it? Is there something I could do so as to not ruin […]

Galatians and Santification

| October 10, 2013

Sanctification is something every “religious” person wants, and because of that we often contrive ways opposite of God’s to achieve it. Many of Paul’s epistles are reactions to false sanctification. Freedom in Galatians is a difficult concept to understand because freedom is often misconstrued which even the Galatians did. “Do not use your freedom for….” […]

Galatians – Miscellaneous Thoughts

| July 24, 2013

I keep noticing I am not as scholarly as others. For example, Galatians has been called “The Magna Charta of spiritual emancipation.” That sure sounds more scholarly than my description of Galatians – “The Cliff Notes Version of Romans.” Galatians is as biographical as Paul’s conversion and ministry in Acts; as personal in his defense […]

Perryism – The Law of Christ is love, not that love is the only law, but love is every law.

| January 7, 2013

Galatians 6:2 (HCSB) Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 1 Corinthians 9:21 (HCSB) To those who are without that law, like one without the law — not being without God’s law but within Christ’s law — to win those without the law.

Galatians 4:24 – How Many Covenants

| December 2, 2010

There are only two covenants in contrast to the many covenants when contextually the topic is one replacing the other. The Noahaic covenant (Gen.6) was not replaced by the “New Covenant” (Heb.8), and therefore would not be considered ‘the first covenant” although it came first temporally. The language would be comparable to the second coming (Heb.9) not contextually related to the […]

Galatians 4:17 – The Anti-Church

| November 30, 2010

The Judaizers tried to isolate or shut out their targets from people like Paul. The Greek word here is ekkleiō. Since the church is the ekklesia, when people, teachers, preachers, and their ilk start to form “parties” making people fearful of being rejected by them, they cease to be the church and become “the anti-church” (phrase […]

Galatians 5:20 – Idolatry, Sorcery And Superstitions

| April 27, 2010

I would like to suggest to you that superstition is another form of idolatry and sorcery.  An old definition of superstition is “the excessive fear of the gods.”  Theodore Parker observed, “Yet, if he would, man cannot live all to this world.  If not religious, he will be superstitious.  If he worships not the true […]

John 17 – Come Join Our Unity Movement

| February 26, 2010

The “Christian” religious world is divided.  The “Christian” religious world is united.  No, that is not a contradiction, but rather a contradistinction.  There is no denying that churches across the spiritual spectrum disagree on a host of important, indispensable and defining issues; yet if we truly want to fulfill Jesus’ prayer of unity (John 17), […]