Galatians 1:18-19 & Ephesians 4:11-16
From the Reformer
Was it necessary for Paul to go under oath? Yes. Paul is reporting personal history. How else would the churches believe him? The false apostles might say, “Who knows whether Paul is telling the truth?” Paul, the elect vessel of God, was held in so little esteem by his own Galatians to whom he had preached Christ that it was necessary for him to swear an oath that he spoke the truth. If this happened to Paul, what business have we to complain when people doubt our words, or hold us in little regard, we who cannot begin to compare ourselves with the Apostle?
Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
It surely did not matter to the false apostles whether Paul was telling the truth or even claimed to be telling the truth. We may easily imagine them laughing at his claim. Perhaps it did not even matter to the Galatians that Paul claimed to be telling the truth. Some believed him and many, no doubt, did not. It was simply important to Paul himself that he made the oath.
Are you telling the truth? Are you living the truth? The ability to make such an oath is a good checkup on your spiritual and moral health. Are you able to say all this day, all this life, that you are telling the truth? If you are so able then what others think makes no difference.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers