Author: Phillip Ross

Racism

“The real divisions in humanity are moral and cultural, not genetic or racial. This is not just true in the contemporary age, it has always been true from the day that Cain slew Abel. So, why did Cain slay Abel?…

One In Christ

Paul’s admonition here is to not focus on these differences—Jew vs. Greek, bond vs. free, male vs. female—with regard to our inclusion in Christ. Rather, he said that we should focus on the reality of baptism, putting on Christ, living…

Seed

Again, Paul made much ado about σπέρμα (sperma), which is a plural noun used in the singular. Understanding how Paul used this term and what he meant by it is essential to understanding Paul’s message to the Galatians. The law…

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Moral Freedom

The following is a response to: The Real Issue (that no one wants to talk about) To argue that the real issue for homosexual detractors is personal revulsion is an important concern, but it is not the real issue for…

Whole Armor

“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” –Eph. 6:13 Of course, the armor is not actual armor, but is an allusion…

Wickedness

Christians are also called to stand against what the Authorized Version calls spiritual wickedness (πονηρία), and the English Standard Version calls spiritual forces of evil. Again, note that we are not called to oppose people, flesh and blood, but wrong…

Sustainability

Eph. 6:3 is about human sustainability on earth. God’s plan all along has been to nurture sustainable human development “on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). The eternality of heaven must include human sustainability. These first few verses…

Rhema–Tongues

How this washing takes place is significant. It happens “by the washing of water with the word” (ῥῆμα, Eph. 5:26). This phrase by itself is odd at best. Paul used the analogy of marriage to talk about the church, which…

Eucharist

“giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” —Ephesians 5:20 When Paul directed Christians to give thanks always and for everything, he used the word Eucharist (εὐχαριστέω). The word is…