In looking at the healing of the boy who was brought when Jesus was on the mount of transfiguration we see another situation that needs the exercise of spiritual power.
From Jacob's blessings of his sons we see how God treats every believer differently and how vital our response is. Past sins can be turned to blessing, privileges...
Balaam was a true prophet who used his God-given gift for wicked purposes. The false teachers of Peter's day were gifted too - but equally wicked.
I was taken aback by a conversation I had recently following a Sunday service. In the course of the sermon, I had made reference to the Great Fire of Rome. I quoted a Roman historian by the name of Tacitus.
The false teachers talked about Christian freedom. But did they mean freedom from sin or freedom to sin?