A Clean Slate

Daily Reform, Day 125

Galatians 2:16 & Colossians 2:13-14

From the Reformer

To give a short definition of a Christian: A Christian is not somebody who has no sin, but somebody against whom God no longer chalks sin, because of his faith in Christ. This doctrine brings comfort to consciences in serious trouble. When a person is a Christian he is above law and sin. When the Law accuses him, and sin wants to drive the wits out of him, a Christian looks to Christ. A Christian is free. He has no master except Christ. A Christian is greater than the whole world.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

This morning, I looked up a billing statement online. My entire transaction history with the company was viewable. Every debit, every credit, and the current balance owed were there. The Law of God would keep such a tally of my life. Every sin is another tick mark on the chalk board. I cannot imagine how many boards I would have filled by now. The record would be damning if it were viewable.

My accountant is Jesus Christ, and he uses an eraser instead of chalk. The slate is clean.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers

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