Focus on Christ

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Daily Reform, Day 159

Galatians 2:19 & 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

From the Reformer

This peculiar form of speech sounds much sweeter than if Paul had said: “I through liberty am dead to the law.” By putting it in this way, “I through the law am dead to the law,” he opposes one law with another law, and has them fight it out. In this masterly fashion Paul draws our attention away from the Law, sin, death, and every evil, and centers it upon Christ.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

The Law was king until the King of kings conquered the demands and curse of the Law. The moral code of Moses is a great thing to instruct your character but when your character fails, Christ will not fail you. He is King of the Law and you, being his friend (John 15:15), flawed as you are, are a new creation in Christ, freed to live in his kingdom.

When your character falls into disrepute—and by the Law’s standards, it will falter often—remember that eternal life is not focused on your moral qualities. If your life is in Christ, the focus is on Christ instead of you.

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

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