Daily Reform, Day 157
Galatians 2:19 & John 15:13-15
From the Reformer
By faith in Christ a person may gain such sure and sound comfort, that he need not fear the devil, sin, death, or any evil. “Sir Devil,” he may say, “I am not afraid of you. I have a Friend whose name is Jesus Christ, in whom I believe. He has abolished the Law, condemned sin, vanquished death, and destroyed hell for me. He is bigger than you, Satan. He has licked you, and holds you down. You cannot hurt me.” This is the faith that overcomes the devil.
Paul manhandles the Law. He treats the Law as if it were a thief and a robber He treats the Law as contemptible to the conscience, in order that those who believe in Christ may take courage to defy the Law, and say: “Mr. Law, I am a sinner. What are you going to do about it?”
Or take death. Christ is risen from death. Why should we now fear the grave? Against my death I set another death, or rather life, my life in Christ.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
The backdrop for these thoughts is found in Luther’s most famous hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” The power of the devil is great indeed; no one on earth is so powerful. So Luther put his trust in One more powerful, the Son of Heaven. Do you ask who that may be? Christ Jesus! It is he. Though the world might be filled with countless devils adding to Satan’s rage, there is still One more powerful, whose very Name conquers evil. Therefore, we need not fear. The eternal God has allied with we mortals. He has called us his friends and the perfect love of such a Friend casts out all fear of the devil’s accusations, his hatred, or even death. Our Friend Jesus stands in the path of all of these threats, and we may confidently stand with him.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers