June 26 – 1559 = Casper Olevianus applied to be a teacher in the city of Treves.
Matthew 13:57, “And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and in his own household’.”
Casper Olevianus was only 23, but already had achieved the title of Doctor of Laws when he returned to his home town of Treves. Olevianus has been converted to the Reformed faith during his travels and studies and had returned to Treves to introduce Protestantism. It was Guillermo Farel who impressed upon him the need to return to his hometown and present the gospel to its people. On June 26, 1559, he applied and was accepted to be a teacher. It was granted to him to lecture on Logic, and he began to do so. This would however simply be his day job. He would labor faithfully to start a church of Reformed believers in Treves. Olevianus met with success as he preached in the school and anywhere he could. Eventually the school was closed to him, but a hospital opened their chapel to him to preach. It is estimated about one third of the city became Protestant under the ministration of Olevianus, which eventually landed him in prison. Olevianus would go onto be a co-author of the Heidelberg Catechism, but he began by trying to proclaim the truth of Jesus Christ and salvation by faith alone in his home town and to those whom he knew best.
James I. Good discusses this in more detail in “Heidelberg Catechism in its Newest Light” pg.116
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