Daily Reform, Day 133
Galatians 2:17 & Romans 6:1-4
From the Reformer
Papists and Anabaptists deride us because we so earnestly require faith. “Faith,” they say, “makes men reckless.” What do these law-workers know about faith, when they are so busy calling people back from baptism, from faith, from the promises of Christ to the Law?
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
Yes, a person may use so-called faith to justify his sinning. People do it all the time, if only subconsciously. This was the argument in Romans. Since God’s grace was the answer to our sinful condition, should we keep on sinning so that there will be more grace made available? Paul’s response is the forceful, “God forbid!” (Rom 6:2) This is not a matter of additional supply to cover additional sinning. God’s grace has been made available to cover our sinful nature. What we must do is remember he promised us his grace. We should not expect more of what we have already been given.
We should not use faith in his grace as an excuse to sin. God forbid! But we should take great advantage of his grace when we do sin, remembering the promise that we were sealed with his Spirit in baptism.
When we sin, the answer is not dependence upon our working harder to make up for the sin. The answer is remembering the promise of God’s grace since his promise is sufficient.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers