Seeing the Light

Daily Reform, 2 Corinthians 4:3-6

From the Reformer

“Who created all things by Jesus Christ.” This cannot so properly be understood of the first creation as of the spiritual renewal. It is, no doubt, true, and is frequently declared in Scripture, that by the Word of God all things were created; but the connection of the passage lays us under the necessity of understanding by it that renewal which is comprehended in the blessing of redemption. But it may, perhaps, be thought that the apostle is illustrating this renewal, by an argument drawn from the creation. By Christ, as God, the Father created (Jn 1:3) all things; and why, then, should we wonder, if by Christ, as Mediator, all the Gentiles are now brought back to one body? I have no objection to this view. A similar argument is used by him in another Epistle. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, is the same who hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2Co 4:6) From the creation of the world he concludes, that it is the work of God to enlighten the darkness; but what was visible in the former case is ascribed to the Spirit, when he comes to speak of the kingdom of Christ.

—John Calvin, Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and Ephesians (Ep 3:9)

Pulling It Together

It had seemed so dark before. He had relied on his own thinking and said he had read the Bible and could point to various contradictions. A stream of preachers and other Christians had told him why they were right and he was wrong. Of course, this just fueled his fire. Then one day he encountered a man who would not argue with him. The man just kept quietly pointing to Jesus. Somewhere in that conversation, he read the gospel story again. This time he saw Jesus. In this reading, he saw the light.

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

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