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Daily Reformation, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 14-17

From the Reformer

Zacharias Ursinus, the chief author of the Heidelberg Catechism, was born at Breslau, July 18, 1534, and studied seven years (1550–1557) at Wittenberg under Melanchthon, who esteemed him as one of his best pupils and friends. He accompanied his teacher to the religious conference at Worms, 1557, and to Heidelberg, and then proceeded on a literary journey to Switzerland and France. He made the personal acquaintance of Bullinger and Peter Martyr at Zurich, of Calvin and Beza at Geneva, and was thoroughly initiated into the Reformed Creed. Calvin presented him with his works, and wrote in them the best wishes for his young friend. On his return to Wittenberg he received a call to the rectorship of the Elizabeth College at Breslau. After the death of Melanchthon he went a second time to Zurich (Oct., 1560), intending to remain there. In the following year he was called to a theological chair at Heidelberg. Here he labored with untiring zeal and success till the death of Frederick III, 1576, when, together with six hundred steadfast Reformed ministers and teachers, he was deposed and exiled by Louis VI…

—Philip Schaff, Creeds of Christendom

Pulling It Together

It is not that you have made a promise to God but that he has made a promise in you. Have courage! God is at work in you. There is nothing that would please God more than to see his Spirit quickened in you and for you to live up to your potential. So it has yet to be accomplished! Press on in faith—not by sight. Sight will stop you dead in your tracks. Have faith that he will do it! God will have his way with you. “For it is God who works in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure.” (Phil 2:13)

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

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