Daily Reform, Day 5
Galatians 1:1-5 & Romans 3:23-25
From the Reformer
The terms of grace and peace are common terms with Paul and are now pretty well understood. But since we are explaining this epistle, you will not mind if we repeat what we have so often explained elsewhere. The article of justification must be sounded in our ears incessantly because the frailty of our flesh will not permit us to take hold of it perfectly and to believe it with all our heart.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
My dad took me to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game but it hadn’t entered my head that this was for my birthday. I kept getting up to buy hot chocolate and hotdogs and a program guide. He kept wanting to pay but I prevailed and bought for him. My wife informed me later that night what a dolt I had been since my dad just wanted to give me a gift.
We do the same thing with God: he gives us a great gift in his Son and then we want to pay the price for our sins. The Galatians did it by turning back to the Law. We do it by our own versions of ignoring grace. It is difficult for us to remember what God in Christ has given us because we keep wanting to put the onus back on ourselves.
Paul wishes us grace and peace because that is what we need: the grace to continue believing that God has paid the price and the peace to live with ourselves when we do not believe it.