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Δεδικαίωται ἀπὸ τῆς ἁμαρτίας Freed from Sin

At one time I had Romans 6 memorized in English. I always loved verse 7: “He who has died is freed from sin.” Freedom! Yes! As I was reading through the passage in Greek this morning I was surprised that the word for “freed” is δικαιόω. I expected ἐλευθερόω, which is the normal word for […]

Παῦλος δοῦλος (Paul: Slave)

I hate the idea of being bossed around by anyone or anything. I want to be FREE. So Paul’s first two words of Romans stopped me short. Paul: Slave. This hits harsher than the English translation, usually something like “Paul, a bond-servant…” “Slave” is not how I want to define myself and I’m not alone in the “land […]

Χολὴν Πικρίας Gall of Bitterness

A phrase caught my attention at church this Sunday. Pastor Matt Arden was preaching Acts 8. Peter tells Simon the Sorceror, who wants to “buy” the power to dispense the Holy Spirit, that he is “in the gall of bitterness” (χολὴν πικρίας). I looked up “gall.” Gall: Yellowish-brown bitter secretion of the liver. Yuck!! Χολὴν […]