Daily Reformation, 1 John 5:1-6
From the Reformer
With Paul we decry the blindness and perverseness of men in that they will not receive the message of grace and salvation, or having received it they quickly let go of it, in spite of the fact that the Gospel bestows all good things spiritual: forgiveness of sins, true righteousness, peace of conscience, everlasting life; and all good things temporal: good judgment, good government, and peace.
Why does the world abhor the glad tidings of the Gospel and the blessings that go with it? Because the world is the devil’s. Under his direction the world persecutes the Gospel and would if it could nail again Christ, the Son of God, to the Cross although He gave Himself into death for the sins of the world. The world dwells in darkness. The world is darkness.
Paul accentuates the point that the Galatians had been called by Christ unto grace. “I taught you the doctrine of grace and of liberty from the Law, from sin and wrath, that you should be free in Christ, and not slaves to the hard laws of Moses. Will you allow yourselves to be carried away so easily from the living fountain of grace and life?”
—Martin Luther, Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians (3:6)
Pulling It Together
See how firmly Christ took hold of you? He embraced you with nail-pierced hands. How do you embrace him? Do you take hold of him steadily, grasping the word of truth to your soul—solid, standing firm? Or are you unstable and unsettled, not having taken hold of the word that buoys up and causes the friends of Jesus to walk on the waves? Christ chose you to walk with him on the sea—not to be tossed about on those same waves (James 1:6), blown here and there by “every wind of doctrine.” (Eph 4:14) Embrace the Christ by taking his book in hand; it is the anchor of the soul for each day of your life. Through it he called you, chose you, and holds you close.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers