Turns of Phrase

"This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men." (Titus 3:8, emphasis mine)

Turning my head

That little phrase came to mind this morning. Wasn't sure where to find it so thank God for my concordance. And what does it even mean? All I had was this snippet: "I will that thou". Twice does it appear in the King James New Testament. Elsewhere in Mark (6:25) it's in the instruction of Herodias' daughter to Herod for John's head ("I will that thou give me by and by..."). If I had to choose between either, I'd say it wasn't this reference. So the top. "I will that thou affirm constantly" says Paul to Titus. One of the things about his little letter to Titus is its clear instruction around leading a church while leading your family. With reference to the verse in question, Paul lays out a concise synopsis of the beginning of the Christian life. He sums it up with this line. "These things I will that thou affirm constantly". So he wants Titus to ensure his parishioners (and by extension, us) know backward and forward from where they've come. This is good. This is essential. God will never not acknowledge and bless your simple thanks for any of the myriad things He's done for you, for me. Beautiful.

Turning the cat in the pan

It means a radical change so as to remain on the winning side. With reference to Christian conversion, one might be inclined to define it as such. But alongside the newfound and radical change of heart is—after you've soaked in the beauty and presence of God for yourself—this desire to share what you have and what you know and who you now know. There's a couple of ways this points, however.

"Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God permit." (Hebrews 6:1-3, emphasis mine)

The thing the writer of Hebrews expresses here is almost the opposite of the top scripture from Titus. But they add on the last line. Because if one needs to be reminded of the "simplicity of Christ", more power to them. But if you've been walking with the Lord and you're still wading around on the shore as opposed to walking on water, something may be amiss. God wants to bring you up from the simple and easily digestible things of new spiritual birth even as you remain anchored in the same.

Who knows why that line popped in my head today. In much the same way as song lyrics and pieces of conversation past do thus, the scripture came to me. It's the way I think but, like most thoughts, it segues into more until it forks and then branches out.

Remembering Our Lines

The Law Unto Ourselves