Daily Reform, Day 136

Galatians 2:17 & John 5:24

From the Reformer

The Sacred Scriptures, particularly those of the New Testament, make frequent mention of faith in Christ. “Whosoever believeth in him is saved, shall not perish, shall have everlasting life, is not judged,” etc. In open contradiction to the Scriptures, our opponents misquote, “He that believeth in Christ is condemned, because he has faith without works.” Our opponents turn everything topsy-turvy. They make Christ over into a murderer, and Moses into a savior. Is not this horrible blasphemy?

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

How many good works do you have to add to your belief in Christ in order to escape judgment? The answer is zero. How many good deeds should you do because you love the Lord? As many as possible! Do these efforts guarantee you will not be condemned? No! That is a promise of Jesus. “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” (John 5:24)

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

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