Do You Believe This?

Daily Reform, Day 137

Galatians 2:17 & John 11:17-26

From the Reformer

Is therefore Christ the minister of sin? This is Hebrew phraseology, also used by Paul in 2 Corinthians, chapter 3. There Paul speaks of two ministers: the minister of the letter, and the minister of the spirit; the minister of the Law, and the minister of grace; the minister of death, and the minister of life. “Moses,” says Paul, “is the minister of the Law, of sin, wrath, death, and condemnation.”

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

Lots of people go to a particular church because of the pastor. He is so entertaining, preaches such lovely sermons, and gets along so well with the youth. They love their pastor so much that their religious life is nearly crushed when he retires or otherwise moves on.

There is, I fear, a larger contingent that goes to churches where ministers of sin stand in the pulpit. These preachers state that their flock must do this or that or they are headed to Hell.

Jesus is no such minister. He says, “Everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” (John 11:26) “Do you believe this?”

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

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