Daily Reform, Day 9
Galatians 1:1-5 & John 14:1-11
From the Reformer
If you ask how God may be found, who justifies sinners, know that there is no other God besides this man Christ Jesus. Embrace Him, and forget about the nature of God. But these fanatics who exclude our Mediator in their dealings with God, do not believe me. Did not Christ Himself say: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”? Without Christ there is no access to the Father, but futile rambling; no truth, but hypocrisy; no life, but eternal death.
When you argue about the nature of God apart from the question of justification, you may be as profound as you like. But when you deal with conscience and with righteousness over against the law, sin, death, and the devil, you must close your mind to all inquiries into the nature of God, and concentrate upon Jesus Christ, who says, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Doing this, you will recognize the power, and majesty condescending to your condition according to Paul’s statement to the Colossians, “In Christ are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,” and, “In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” Paul in wishing grace and peace not alone from God the Father, but also from Jesus Christ, wants to warn us against the curious incursions into the nature of God. We are to hear Christ, who has been appointed by the Father as our divine Teacher.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
A drunken, belligerent man walked into Church and caused a scene. He called everyone present hypocrites, though he did not know a soul there. A pastor invited him into his office to carry on the “discussion.” There, the man continued his tirade, alleging inconsistencies in the Bible, and talking about evolution, dinosaurs, and dozens of other things as though they disproved God’s existence.
The pastor listened to the man for over an hour and then asked him a question. “What are you going to do with Jesus?” The man had not considered Jesus at all and so, the question arrested him-even seemed to sober him a good deal.
There are many questions to answer and there are many that cannot be answered. But at the end of the argument, one still has to deal with Jesus. What are you going to do with Jesus? He lived. He died. He really did say the things in the gospels. What are you going to do with him? One has not honestly dealt with their objections and questions until they have done so while considering Jesus. He cannot be excluded from these considerations. When one asks a question while considering God’s answer, Jesus Christ, the “Ahha!” is near.