June 17, 2021

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: 1st Kings 18:1-46 Acts 11:1-30 Proverbs 17:12-13

“Gazing Upon Christ”

“Christ gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age,
according to the will of our God and Father.”
[Galatians 1:4]

As Christ does in the Gospel of John, here Paul calls us back to the will of the Father, so that in Christ’s words and works we are to look, not just at Him, but at the Father. For Christ came into the world so that He might take hold of us and so that we, by gazing upon Christ, might be drawn and carried directly to the Father. As we have warned you before, there is no hope that any saving knowledge of God can come by speculating about the majesty of God; it can only come by taking hold of Christ, who by the will of the Father, has given Himself into death for the guilt of our sin. When you have grasped this, then all wrath stops, and fear and trembling disappear; and God appears as the Merciful One who gave His Son that we might live [Romans 8:32.

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