Daily Reform, Day 10
Galatians 1:1-5 & Romans 1:16-17
From the Reformer
At the same time, Paul confirms our creed, “that Christ is very God.” We need such frequent confirmation of our faith, for Satan will not fail to attack it. He hates our faith. He knows that it is the victory which overcometh him and the world. That Christ is very God is apparent in that Paul ascribes to Him divine powers equally with the Father, as for instance, the power to dispense grace and peace. This Jesus could not do unless He were God.
To bestow peace and grace lies in the province of God, who alone can create these blessings. The angels cannot. The apostles could only distribute these blessings by the preaching of the Gospel. In attributing to Christ the divine power of creating and giving grace, peace, everlasting life, righteousness, and forgiveness of sins, the conclusion is inevitable that Christ is truly God.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
One of the gospel offers that preachers distribute is faith. Without faith it would be difficult to believe that Jesus is God. How can the Father be the One God (Deut 6:4) while the Spirit is the One God, all the while Jesus is that same One God? It does not stand up to any basic reasoning skills. Yet the scriptures clearly state these three are the One God. It takes faith to comprehend. This same faith makes available the grace and the peace to continue believing. Such grace and the peace come from God—not from the Church or the pastor or the religious method. They come from God in Christ alone. May you have the faith to believe and as a result, enjoy both his grace and peace.