Modern Day Pharisees, Daily Reform, Day 55

Crucifixion, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, by ordinaryfool http://www.fotopedia.com/items/flickr-11769404

Galatians 1:15-17 & John 1:14-17

From the Reformer

Paul does not mention the Jews, for the simple reason that he was the called and acknowledged apostle of the Gentiles, although he preached Christ also to the Jews.

We can hear the Apostle saying to himself: “I will not burden the Gentiles with the Law, because I am their apostle and not their lawgiver. Not once did you Galatians hear me speak of the righteousness of the Law or of works. My job was to bring you the Gospel. Therefore you ought to listen to no teachers of the Law, but the Gospel; not Moses, but the Son of God; not the righteousness of works, but the righteousness of faith must be proclaimed to the Gentiles. That is the right kind of preaching for Gentiles.”

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

Too often our message to our co-workers, family, friends, and church is riddled with law. You should not do this; you should have done that. Why do we insist on this egregious error? We know better; really we do know better but we insist on having our own way, of looking better than the other guy.

What if we preached Christ crucified instead of crucifying our friends and family? Might they then change for the better? Might we?

What if we changed our expectations of others to keeping faith in Christ instead of keeping our interpretations of the law? There used to be another group that insisted others keep their version of the law. Jesus had some very specific thoughts about that group.

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

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