Lectionary 5 C

Only one citation, and that in a footnote, but hints of the kinds of conversations the Reformers had after Luther died.

1 Corinthians 15:1-11

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
— 1 Corinthians 15:10

Our lone citation this week is found in a footnote to the Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article 2: Free Will (SD 2.66, n. 80). The body of the text to which this footnote is attached quotes from 2 Corinthians 6:1, which according to the footnote was causing some issues. There was apparently enough disagreement about including the quote from 2 Corinthians 6:1 that later versions add additional citations, including 1 Corinthians 15:10 in an attempt to counter the Philippist’s use of 2 Corinthians 6:1. Who knew?


It’s an odd citation, but a reminder that God calls us to proclaim the good news even as we disagree. Be it about a fine point of what good works are or a major issue of who can be baptized, what matters first and foremost is the proclamation of the gospel through word and deed. Indeed, if we keep the gospel before us as we disagree, the way we disagree should begin to look different—grounded in love and grace rather than self-righteousness or pride. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it is God’s call to us.