Lately I have had a few discussions with people about the importance of understanding the difference between what is a principle and what is a practice. I suppose one of the easiest ways to understand the difference is to briefly talk about what we just finished looking at: the biblical book of Galatians.

You see, it is when we stay in the practices of the past we might not only confuse the principle but we might also fail to connect what was once said, to the situation we find we are in today. So irrelevancy and confusion can reign.

With respect to the biblical book of Galatians (and keeping words to a minimum😊 the principle is the gospel whereas the practice is circumcision. And so, the principle must remain but the practice for us today might vary from circumcision, and it certainly does. To put it most crudely: people aren’t running around today telling us that one has to be circumcised to be saved from the punishment our sins deserve. No, that is not the practice. And so, if we just talk about circumcision, besides perhaps getting a yawn from some people😊, we might also confuse some of our audience today.

God’s word is described as alive and active. It is described as sharper than any double-edged sword (most of our knives today have only one edge sharpened and yet we continue to cut ourselves on them😊). God’s word is also described as being able to penetrate to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12). And so, it is wrong if we never get around to applying such a penetrating (also comforting) word to our context today.

I hope the above is helpful for us as we allow God’s word to speak to our lives. We need to remind ourselves that nothing in all creation is hidden from his sight. Everything will be uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of the one to who we must give an account (Hebrews 4:13).

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen. (Galatians 6:18)

Trev xo