Today Is the Day

Stained glass triptych at Calvary Lutheran Church, Golden Valley, MN
Stained glass triptych at Calvary Lutheran Church,
Golden Valley, MN

Daily Reform, Day 155

Galatians 2:19 & 2 Corinthians 6:2

From the Reformer

We have enough arguments right here to conclude that justification is by faith alone. How can the Law effect our justification, when Paul so plainly states that we must be dead to the Law if we want to live unto God? If we are dead to the Law and the Law is dead to us, how can it possibly contribute anything to our justification? There is nothing left for us but to be justified by faith alone.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

All people fall short of the glory of God (Rom 23) because we are all inclined toward evil. (Gen 6:5) When we are convicted of our sinful condition, we struggle to do better. But our “better” will never be good enough since no person will ever be justified with God by his works. (Rom 3:20). Therefore we must live accordingly, striving to do better and be better but not depending upon our actions or character. We may only depend upon God, for by his grace he offers us salvation through his Son. (John 3:17) Today is the day for you to stop trying to be saved and simply be saved. Accept Christ by faith and live in peace.

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

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