The Orthodox Way

“Galatians 2:14 says “But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel…” It is interesting to say the least that Paul uses the Greek word “Orthopodeo” meaning to be straight footed to bring attention to error that was happening in the church. The word “Ortho” in this word comes from “Orthos” meaning right as rising up, straight, or upright. It gets even more interesting that “Orthos” comes from “Oros” meaning to rise or rear up as a mountain. It is this word Peter uses in 2 Peter 1:17-18 saying “For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.” The word “mount” or mountain is the word “Oros” but it is the word “glory” in verse 17 that brings the pieces together. The word “Glory” is the Greek word “Doxa” meaning worship, praise. The passage in Peter is referring to the Mount of Transfiguration. It is here that Peter was introduced to “Ortho” “Doxa” (Orthodoxy) the right opinion or view regarding Christ. Matthew 17:4-5 says “Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” Paul says to Peter in the Galatian letter that you aren’t walking in Orthodoxy, you aren’t walking right before God. It is when we return to our mountain of transfiguration that we see Christ in the right manner. The Orthodox way, then we can walk uprightly.”

-Anthony Booker

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