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Daily Reformation, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
From the Reformer
It is in good earnest that he speaks thus, and from knowing that it is so in truth. Let us learn, therefore, that we have nothing that is good, but what the Lord has graciously given us, that we do nothing good but what he worketh in us (Ph 2:13)—not that we do nothing ourselves, but that we do nothing without being influenced—that is, under the guidance and impulse of the Holy Spirit.
—John Calvin, Commentary on Corinthians
Pulling It Together
It is a remarkable thing that anything good has happened in our lives. Even the best of people are too often bitter and mean-spirited. Even the most innocent in creation are disobedient. Even the simplest (not to mention the more studied) believers claim to know better than God.
Still, his Spirit moves in us, working in us his will for the good of the Church and all creation. By the grace of God alone, we are saved and accomplish any good work. We should have turned our backs on ourselves long ago. So, turn to God and work hard, knowing it is the grace of God at work within you.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers