Daily Reform, Day 153
Galatians 2:19 & Psalm 56:1-4
From the Reformer
Blessed is the person who knows how to use this truth in times of distress. He can talk. He can say: “Mr. Law, go ahead and accuse me as much as you like. I know I have committed many sins, and I continue to sin daily. But that does not bother me. You have got to shout louder, Mr. Law. I am deaf, you know. Talk as much as you like, I am dead to you. If you want to talk to me about my sins, go and talk to my flesh. Belabor that, but don’t talk to my conscience. My conscience is a lady and a queen, and has nothing to do with the likes of you, because my conscience lives to Christ under another law, a new and better law, the law of grace.”
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
Luther does not mean that Christians should be unconcerned about sinning. They should attempt to please God by not sinning. In this endeavor, they will be both successful and unsuccessful. So, what Luther is saying is that Christians should not be anxious over the eternal consequences of their sins. The earthly consequence of sin is death. Yet for those who have put their hope in Christ who died for their sin, the eternal outcome is life—even though they are sinners. When our sins frighten us, we should remember that our hope is not in being sinless; our hope is in the Sinless One. We must keep our trust in him.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers