I'm Just Saying

Dr. Paul Perkins

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For an author writing is as necessary as breathing. They don't write for money or to court literary fame, but because they believe they have something to say. It matters not that anyone will read or listen, the words must be written, and if in the process someone is blessed -- all the more wonderful

Dr. Perkins has written for a long time, but only recently has sought to publish his work and venture into new genres. He believes in education, finally earning his doctorate at the age of 55. He believes that learning never ends, giving fodder to the imagination and breathing life into the characters on his page. His hope is to continue telling stories for a new generation of readers and aspiring authors.

Dr. Perkins' first novel is "Centurion: From glory to glory", but is not his first book. He has written "Legacy to my sons", "The Lost Shepherd", "The prayer of a transformed life", "The Cost", and a verity of Christian Youth Devotionals. 

At First Glance

"Seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come." Ephesians 1:21

At first glance I am reminded of the song "From A Distance". Where God looks down on all he has created and sees a beautiful round ball, blue oceans, lush green forests and even the desert looks in order. The reality that everything has fallen apart and is going to hell in a hand basket, has missed God's notice. He is distant, removed, and unconcerned.

Isn't this how we feel at times? We pray and wonder if God hears our voice, whether he cares about our needs? The Scripture says that the Father feeds and houses the sparrows, that all good gifts come from above, that everything works together for good, all these things will be added, that our pain is momentary and light, the Father answers the persistent prayers of the righteous, and the Spirit speaks to our spirit. Yet, in the moment, we often don't feel these things to be true, and God sees us from the distance.

But when Paul says that Jesus is seated far above it isn't a matter of distance, but of position. There is no dominion or power, no name or person, no religious figure inside or outside the church that comes close to his authority, his majesty, his holiness.

Jesus is a friend to sinners, but we are not his equal. We are not his buddies. We are his friends in that he has brought us into his confidence concerning God's plan of salvation, but we should not become too familiar in our casual response to his person or position. 

The promises, in whatever way God choses to answer them, are based on Jesus' position and authority. If he has the power to rise from the dead, forgive sins, and be seated at God's right hand, then he has the power to fulfill all the promises he has made. That's a tall order since has made some very specific and wonderful promises. 

But we must see him for the righteous king that he is. When we start to treat Jesus as just one of the guys we risk treating his words with the same weight as our own, and that never ends well, it puts distance between us. I'm just saying...