“So we preach, and so you believed.” 1 Corinthians 15:11
The method of the gospel is this:
First, it proposes things which are peculiarly its own. It reveals its own mysteries, laying them as the foundation of faith and obedience; and it also fixes them in the mind, thereby conforming the whole soul unto them (1 Corinthians 15:3; Romans 6:17; Galatians 4:19; Titus 2:11-12; 1 Corinthians 3:11; 2 Corinthians 3:18).
This foundation being laid, the obedience of faith is built upon it. Where this foundation is not laid through ignorance, or where it is rejected through prejudice, the gospel is of no service. It neither renews the soul nor produces any genuine obedience. Thus the apostle Paul, in all his epistles, teaches first the mysteries of faith that are peculiar to the gospel, and then specifies those moral duties which are regulated thereby. In order that the gospel may be effectually believed, it must be diligently examined and well understood.
And when our faith is thus firmly established, it is to show itself in the practice of all those good works that are required of us in the Scriptures. “As many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.”
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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