Daily Reform, Day 4
Galatians 1:1-5 & 1 Corinthians 2:1-15
From the Reformer
It is the lot of God’s ministers not only to suffer opposition at the hand of a wicked world, but also to see the patient indoctrination of many years quickly undone by such religious fanatics. This hurts more than the persecution of tyrants. We are treated shabbily on the outside by tyrants, on the inside by those whom we have restored to the liberty of the Gospel, and also by false brethren. But this is our comfort and our glory, that being called of God we have the promise of everlasting life. We look for that reward which “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of man.”
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
The popular television game show always asked the contestant, “Is that your final answer?” Sometimes it would be but very often they would change their answer or ask for help from a friend or from an audience member because they were not confident their answer was correct. The Apostle Paul was confident in his final answer; he never wavered in his conviction.
Paul was determined to know nothing except the crucified Jesus Christ. (1Co 2:2) This gave him a decided edge over his detractors. Their argument was that of man’s limited reason, as it is in our own age and every age. It is easy for us to get caught up in such arguments. Paul had answers to these points but would not allow himself to get mired in endless debates. Instead, he answered points and then appealed to “Christ and him crucified.” He is our final answer and only comfort. There will always be debates and detractors and fanatics. And there will always be Christ Crucified. “Where is the one who is wise? … Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world” (1Co 1:20) with the wisdom of the cross? It alone is the saving power of God. (1Co 1:18)