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Daily Reformation, Luke 7:22-23

From the Reformer

He who would enter by the door must be ready to speak the Word concerning Christ and his word must center in Christ. Let it be called “coming” when one preaches aright; the approaching is spiritual, and through the Word—upon the ears of his hearers, the preacher comes at last into the sheepfold—the heart of believers. Christ says that the shepherd must enter by the door; that is, preach nothing but Christ, for Christ is the door into the sheepfold.

—Martin Luther, Assorted Sermons, “Of the Office of Preaching”

Pulling It Together

What has the Spirit of God laid upon your heart? Tell it! What have you learned about God in his word? Speak! Proclaim what moved your soul by moving another’s. Let your world be astounded that God has made this deaf and mute one hear and speak. (Mark 7:37) This “coming” or “speaking aright” is nothing but the sharing of Christ’s word. Indeed, it must be nothing more.

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

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