Seeing the Light, Daily Reform, Day 56

Galatians 1:16 & John 1:1-5

From the Reformer

Once Paul had received the Gospel from Christ, he conferred with nobody in Damascus. He asked no man to teach him. He did not go up to Jerusalem to sit at the feet of Peter and the other apostles. At once he preached Jesus Christ in Damascus.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

When he was 23 years old, John Calvin, a contemporary of Luther’s in France, like Paul, had a sudden conversion. He believed that God had personally addressed him in the scriptures. From that point, Calvin’s life was directed toward God instead of the law and humanism. His life was immediately changed, as was Paul’s on the Damascus road, as was Luther’s in a lightning storm. All transitions involved light: Paul’s a blinding light that may have been the glory of Christ himself, Luther’s lightning, and Calvin’s illumination in God’s word.

Of course, all three may be understood as seeing the gospel light: Paul heard Jesus speak on the road and then spoke for him, Luther was driven from the storm into a thorough exploration and exhortation of scripture, and Calvin became an ardent student and teacher of God’s word.

Only by the illumination of God may one see the light and change. When you do “see the light” in some area of your life as the Lord speaks to you in his word, obey. Obey immediately, else the change may never come.

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

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