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Daily Reformation, John 10:1-7

From the Reformer

The doctrines of men, however admirable, fall to the ground, and with them the conscience that has built upon them. There is no help nor remedy. But the Word of God is eternal and must endure forever; no devil can overthrow it. The foundation is laid upon which the conscience may be established forever. The words of men must perish and everything that cleaves to them. Those who enter not by the door—that is, those who do not speak the true and pure Word of God, without any addition—do not lay the right foundation; they destroy and torture and slaughter the sheep. Therefore, Christ says further in this Gospel: “But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his Voice.”

—Martin Luther, Assorted Sermons

Pulling It Together

The place you go to depends upon the gate you enter. You may want to end up in California but if you live in Ohio and take the exit that leads east to New York, you will probably not make it to the west coast any time soon. If you discover you have gotten yourself lost along the way, and you ask directions, you may end up more lost than before. The one giving directions is dependable only if he is knowledgeable. So, some depend upon their “inner voice”: “I will go this way because it feels right to me.” Good luck with that. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” (Prov 14:12 ESV)

There is but one gate that leads to a secure life—indeed, to eternal life. Listen to his voice. He is saying, “Enter through me; I am the gateway.” (John 14:6)

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

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