Letting Go of Grace, Daily Reform, Day 28

Galatians 1:6-9 & Hebrews 13:20-21

From the Reformer

The sentence may be construed to read: “From that Christ that called you into grace”; or it may be construed to read: “From God that called you into the grace of Christ.” I prefer the former for it seems to me that Paul’s purpose is to impress upon us the benefits of Christ. This reading also preserves the implied criticism that the Galatians withdrew themselves from that Christ who had called them not unto the law, but unto grace. With Paul we decry the blindness and perverseness of men in that they will not receive the message of grace and salvation, or having received it they quickly let go of it, in spite of the fact that the Gospel bestows all good things spiritual: forgiveness of sins, true righteousness, peace of conscience, everlasting life; and all good things temporal: good judgment, good government, and peace.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

God provides “everything good” for our continuance in faith but some let go of grace anyway. Why? The writer of Hebrews gives us a clue. The reason God provides us with “everything good” is so we may “do his will.” Some have no real interest in God’s will; they just want “everything good.” They rebel, wanting to do their own will. They kick at God until there is no peace in their lives; eventually they end up bucking grace. The Apostle is not simply making a religious sounding greeting (Gal 1:3). We really do need “grace … and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

In order to receive the true grace of Christ, one must not simply receive grace. One must receive Christ too. Sometimes people receive Christ’s grace and then “let go of it” because they want grace but they do not want Christ. They want to have the benefits of grace without being a friend of Jesus. They want to feel better without being better. We must not grasp at Christ’s grace but neglect to receive Christ himself.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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