Galatians 1:15-17 & Ephesians 4:11-16
From the Reformer
“It pleased God,“ says the Apostle, “to reveal himself in me. Why? For a twofold purpose. That I personally should believe in the Son of God, and that I should reveal Him to the Gentiles.”
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
God’s purpose in creation is to form a community of beings who are devoted to relationship with him. He does this by revealing himself within a person. This happens when a person is devoted to the particular revelation of God called his word or the scriptures. Scripture is the primary, dependable manner by which one begins to know God and to be devoted to friendship with him. It would be a rather one-sided relationship if you simply talked to God all the time but never listened. One listens in the word. It would be a presumptuous relationship if you decided willy-nilly who God is and what he is like and were devoted to your idea of God. Of course, this is precisely what so many people do but the only way to truly know God is for him to reveal himself within you through his word.
One proceeds from study of scripture to prayer that is based on it and to fellowship with others in whom God is revealing himself. There are many ways through which God reveals himself in you but scripture is primary. Further, to fulfill God’s purposes in a life, one must come to the point of revealing God to others. God reveals himself in you so that he may reveal himself through you. This is proper and obvious since God desires friendship with everyone — not simply you (2Pe 3:9).
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers