The first comes from Martin Luther. I was helping my wife prepare for her women’s Bible study last night when we came across this. The women are finishing up their study through the book of Galatians, and we were looking at Luther’s commentary on Galatians 6:4.
A faithful minister cares little what people think of him, as long as his conscience approves of him. The approval of his own good conscience is the best praise a minister can have. To know that we have taught the Word of God and administered the sacraments rightly is to have a glory that cannot be taken away.
Quite often teaching the Bible rightly will not make you popular. Not with the world, and not even with people in the church who would prefer to live their lives without being challenged to change by the Word of God.
But if one is to be a “faithful” teacher, one must not only teach it, but also live it. This morning as I’m studying through Psalm 50, I was looking at verses 16-21. The Lord is speaking of those who recite the Law but do not keep it. Hypocrisy of this sort is harmful to the church and people of God. I found the following while looking at Spurgeon’s comments on this Psalm.
We need the grace of the doctrines as much as the doctrines of grace, and without it an apostle is but a Judas, and a fair-spoken professor is an errant enemy of the cross of Christ.
Lesson: teach the truth to others, but let it transform your heart and mind beforehand.