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Friday, April 16, 2021

Bible Passage:Gal 4:19

My little children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you.

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All Paul's words are carefully considered and fitly framed to their purpose, that they may move the hearts of the Galatians and win their favor again.  And these are sweet and loving words when he calls them children.  When he says: "with whom I am again in labor," it is an allegory, for the Apostles are in the place of the parents, as schoolmasters also are in their place and calling; for as parents beget the bodily form, so they are also parents that beget the form of the mind, Now, the form of a Christian mind is faith, or the confidence of the heart that lays hold of Christ, and clings to Him alone, and to nothing else.  The heart which is furnished with this confidence or assurance, to wit, that for Christ's sake we are righteous, has the true form of Christ.  Now, this form is given by the ministry of the Word, as it is said: "I have begotten you through the Gospel" (1 Cor 4:15).  Moreover, by these words, "with whom I am again in labor," he touches the false apostles; as though he would say, I begot you rightly through the Gospel, but these corrupters have formed a new shape in your heart, not that of Christ but of Moses; so that now your confidence is not grounded any more upon Christ, but upon the works of the Law.  To be brief, he says: I am in labor over you, that is to say, I labor carefully to call you back to your former faith, which you have lost, being deceived by the craft and subtlety of the false apostles, by which you are returned again to the Law and to works.  Therefore I must now again carefully labor to bring you back from the Law to the faith of Christ.

Guard the helpless; seek the strayed;
Comfort troubles, banish grief;
In the might of God arrayed,
Scatter sin and unbelief.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
Lutheran to the core -- and just a little beyond.

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