The Key

Daily Reform, Day 196

Galatians 2:21 & Revelation 3:7-13

From the Reformer

There is no question that Paul is disappointed. It hurts him to think that his Galatians showed so little stability. We can hear him say: “I am sorry to hear of your troubles, and disappointed in you for the disgraceful part you played.” I say rather much on this point to save Paul from the charge that he railed upon the churches, contrary to the spirit of the Gospel.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

Paul has spent great effort and no little prayer over the Galatians. They came to faith because of his missionary efforts. As too often happens, once the one who did all of the ground-breaking work leaves, someone else takes advantage of the earlier labor. It is common enough for someone to come into a church and tell them something they must do or must not do or else they are not real Christians. It is nearly as common to see those believers abandon grace because of a fear of damnation. How odd. How ironic. Christ’s grace is the key to salvation yet it is thrown away, the result being that one is locked away for later judgment. This is foolish indeed, as well as hurtful to the one who proclaimed God’s grace in the beginning of a church’s life.

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

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