For What Purpose Do I Read?

I use the TableTalk devotional guide for my daily quiet time. For several months I have been going through the Book of Galatians.

Today’s reading was from Chapter 5: 23, 24 where the Word speaks about the fruit of the Spirit. It is noted that joy is one of the fruit that is borne by the Spirit in the life of a believer who is “walking by the Spirit.”

I wanted to share the last two sentences in the commentary with you.

Martin Luther writes that this (the fact that joy is a fruit of the Spirit) proves that God ‘hates comfortless doctrine, heavy and sorrowful cogitations, and loves cheerful hearts.’ Theology must always end in doxology – the joyful praise of our Creator; otherwise, we have not truly studied the things of God.”

This was a good word for me today. It reminded me that the purpose of studying doctrine and reading commentaries and the Institutes is not done simply for the purpose of gaining head knowledge, or knowing more about theology, or saying that I’ve read Calvin.

The purpose is to better know the LORD and to glorify and enjoy Him forever. Therein is found true and lasting joy.

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