Ironies

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Luca Rossetti da Orta, “The Holy Trinity” fresco St. Gaudenzio Church at Ivrea 

Daily Reformation, Deuteronomy 6:4-9

From the Reformer

The church converts the whole world by blood and power.

—attributed to Martin Luther by Thomas Manton in his Commentary on James

Pulling It Together

The Church thinks of God as one and yet also as three. She says the greatest commandment is to love God and then discovers one cannot love God without loving others. It is not enough to know God personally; she must also teach her children. The love of God is not a mere private experience; it must be a public declaration—a sign to all of who and whose you are. As such, you are not merely stating your own salvation but are being a part of another’s.

The Church states the truth of Scripture. But God brings people to faith by the powerful grace of his own shed blood.

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

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