Phonetic Spelling: (nom’-os)
Short Definition: a law, the Mosaic Law
Definition: usage, custom, law; in NT: of law in general, plur: of divine laws; of a force or influence impelling to action; of the Mosaic law; meton: of the books which contain the law, the Pentateuch, the Old Testament scriptures in general.
3551 nómos – law. 3551 (nómos) is used of: a) the Law (Scripture), with emphasis on the first five books of Scripture; or b) any system of religious thinking (theology), especially when nomos occurs without the Greek definite article.
October 31, 2011
Today’s Meditation Verse:
10) FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL
AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD:
I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS,
AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS.
AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD,
AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
I love this verse. Here the author is talking to the Hebrews. He is talking to the people who have made a life of living by the law. Thousands and thousands of laws. Their entire life from the time they were tiny children to old age was continual law indoctrination. Because that was what God had told them to do.
October 21, 2011
Christians have gotten a bad rap in many circles. The term ‘one bad apple spoils the whole bunch’ is not true in this case, but it can certainly spoil the reputation. I’ve met many people who said that the Christians they knew were critical and judgmental. And that the churches they had been too just expected you to live a certain way, which they could not, therefore they were rejected and ostracized.
So those people wanted nothing to do with Christianity and its narrow-mindedness towards others. Convincing them that Christ meant for it to be differently was a difficult task. They wanted nothing to do with people like that.
October 14, 2011
1 John 1:7 Amplified Bible (AMP)
7But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].
I grew up in a denominational church that taught us that we were constantly in and out of fellowship with Christ. I am sure they used the scripture above as their basis for fact.
We would do something that we thought was sin and then we were told we were out of fellowship with God and to repair that we would have to repent and get “right” with God and then our fellowship would be restored.
But from everything I’ve been studying in depth over the past few years I have found that theology to be incorrect.
June 17, 2011
We often say that people don’t change. We warn those in relationships of that very thing. If you are in a relationship and think that you can change that other person with your love and care and nurture, you are wrong. You will never change that person.
Same is true with friendships. If you are staying in relationship that causes you grief, but you stay because you think that something you will do will change them, you are wrong. You might as well raise up the white flag and abandon ship right now. You will never change anyone.
But, people do change. I’ve seen the most despicable sinful people become godly men and women seeking after the Father. People I would have long since given up on become more than I ever thought they would become. I’ve had to eat my words. Continue reading