The Art of the Christian

Daily Reform, Day 165

Galatians 2:20 & Colossians 1:27

From the Reformer

“Thus I live,” the Apostle starts out. But presently he corrects himself, saying, “Yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” He is the form of my perfection. He embellishes my faith.

Since Christ is now living in me, He abolishes the Law, condemns sin, and destroys death in me. These foes vanish in His presence. Christ abiding in me drives out every evil. This union with Christ delivers me from the demands of the Law, and separates me from my sinful self. As long as I abide in Christ, nothing can hurt me.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

This is the art of the Christian, her truest discipline: bearing in mind that she lives in Christ and Christ now lives in her. She looks in the mirror and sees the person she has always seen. In her mind’s eye, she is still the imperfect one she has always known and wished would be a better person. Sometimes her conscience tells her that friends and family know who she really is. And at times, even those friends and family remind her that she does not fit the name of Christian.

This is when a Christian must be disciplined. She must train herself to say, Yes, yes, I know I am a sinner. But I am a sinner whom Christ loves. He died for me and now I live in him even though I am not always successful in living for him. Not only do I live in him but he lives in me!

The person you used to be was subjected to the Law and all its guilt. The new you is innocent of all charges. You simply cannot be guilty because Christ, who fulfilled the Law, lives in you. Learn this discipline of remembering that Christ lives in you. You are a new creation, whether you feel that way or not. This discipline is a mystery but it is also the hope of glory.

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

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