November 16

 

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  Galatians 6:14

 

Paul is saying here, “I am foolish, a sinner, and weak.  I boast in my suffering.  I brag that I am without the law, without works, without the righteousness that comes from the law, and finally, without anything except Christ.  I want it to be this way.  I am happy that I am viewed as unwise, evil,, and guilty of all crimes.”  As Paul says to the Corinthians, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).  For the cross of Christ has condemned everything that the world calls good, including wisdom and righteousness.  As Scripture says, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate” (1 Corinthians 1:19).  Christ says, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” (Matthew 5:11).  So this means not only being crucified with Christ and sharing in his cross and suffering, but also boasting about it and going along joyfully with the apostles, who were considered worthy of suffering disgrace for speaking about Jesus (Acts 5:41).

But some seek honor, riches, and pleasure for the name of Jesus and flee contempt, poverty, and suffering.  Do they boast about the cross of Christ?  No.  Rather, they glory in the world while using the name of Christ for appearances.  Hey end up making a mockery of it.

 

Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

 

95 Theses are reproduced in their entirety, with an introduction and explanatory notes to aid readers in discerning the significance of Luther’s call to reformation.

The Ninety-Five Theses is a text that everyone knows, most refer to, but few actually read, writes Stephen Nichols. Nevertheless, it is such a crucial text that it deserves to be read widely. Toward that end, Nichols has prepared this edition with an illuminating introduction, explanatory notes, and several illustrations. Martin Luther has left a legacy that continues to enrich the church through his writings. . ., writes Nichols. All of this may be traced back to the last day in October 1517 and the nailing of the Ninety-Five Theses to the church door.

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