Daily Reform, Day 8
Galatians 1:1-5 & Hebrews 12:7-11
From the Reformer
It is a principle of the Bible that we are not to inquire curiously into the nature of God. “There shall no man see me, and live,” Exodus 33:20. All who trust in their own merits to save them disregard this principle and lose sight of the Mediator, Jesus Christ.
True Christian theology does not inquire into the nature of God, but into God’s purpose and will in Christ, whom God incorporated in our flesh to live and to die for our sins. There is nothing more dangerous than to speculate about the incomprehensible power, wisdom, and majesty of God when the conscience is in turmoil over sin. To do so is to lose God altogether because God becomes intolerable when we seek to measure and to comprehend His infinite majesty.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
When one thinks about his own earthly father, in some moods or situations all he conjures is a taskmaster and man of discipline, hardness, and demands. Sometimes fathers seem impossible to please. So it is important to recall an earthly father’s duty to his child. He must raise him to be a responsible, contributing citizen who is aware of the law. God the Father’s purpose is seen growing purposefully in the scripture. His aim has always been to restore fellowship to his creation. His greatest desire has always been to be your Friend (John 15:15). Your soul must be suited to this relationship but your personal discipline cannot attain to it; your law abiding ways are not sufficient means. And so a Savior was needed.
It is imaginable that God the Father had long trained his Son to be a Savior, taking his arms, so to speak, and spreading them wide to teach him how he must die. It is the Son who was disciplined for those who could never be trained well enough. Because a Father loved his world so much, he sent his only Son to achieve a singular purpose in the history of all people: to redeem our souls to himself. Christ is the agent of this wondrous event. We must never lose sight of his outstretched arms.