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Today’s devotion was written about 500 years ago. It was written by Martin Luther as part of his Commentary On The Epistle to the Galatians which Pastor Jake recently recommended to our bible study group. This is an extract from that commentary that I thought was particularly noteworthy for the readers of our weekly devotions.
The article of justification is fragile. Not in itself, of course, but in us. I know how quickly a person can forfeit the joy of the Gospel. I know in what slippery places even those stand who seem to have a good footing in the matters of faith. In the midst of the conflict when we should be consoling ourselves with the Gospel, the Law rears up and begins to rage all over our conscience. I say the Gospel is frail because we are frail.
What makes matters worse is that one-half of ourselves, our own reason, stands against us. The flesh resists the spirit, or as Paul puts it, "The flesh lusteth against the Spirit." Therefore we teach that to know Christ and to believe in Him is no achievement of man, but the gift of God. God alone can create and preserve faith in us. God creates faith in us through the Word. He increases, strengthens and confirms faith in us through His word. Hence the best service that anybody can render God is diligently to hear and read God's Word. On the other hand, nothing is more perilous than to be weary of the Word of God. Thinking he knows enough, a person begins little by little to despise the Word until he has lost Christ and the Gospel altogether.
I can’t add to what Martin Luther states here, other than to highlight the key point he makes in the second paragraph.
“The way of a fool is right in his own eye, but a wise man listens to advice” (Proverbs 12:15).
- Hank Funsch
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