Daily Reform, Day 60
Galatians 1:21-24 & Romans 3:21-31
From the Reformer
Syria and Cilicia are adjacent countries. Paul traces his movements carefully in order to convince the Galatians that he had never been the disciple of any apostle.
In Syria and Cilicia Paul won the indorsement of all the churches of Judea, by his preaching. All the churches everywhere, even those of Judea, could testify that he had preached the same faith everywhere. “And,” Paul adds, “these churches glorified God in me, not because I taught that circumcision and the law of Moses should be observed, but because I urged upon all faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
There are always those religious folks who want to lord their practices over others. We do this and you do not. But Christians can not boast in such things. Christians must not lord over others any practice, even if it seems the practice is so right, so practical, so religious, that others should also engage in that practice. Practices are merely overflow of faith. So it can not be the practice in which one boasts; it is always the source of the practice.
When our only boast is faith in what Christ has done, we will practice that faith without boasting in our works.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers