Daily Reform, Day 160
Galatians 2:20 & Ephesians 4:17-24
From the Reformer
Christ is Lord over the Law, because He was crucified unto the Law. I also am lord over the Law, because by faith I am crucified with Christ.
Paul does not here speak of crucifying the flesh, but he speaks of that higher crucifying wherein sin, devil, and death are crucified in Christ and in me. By my faith in Christ I am crucified with Christ. Hence these evils are crucified and dead unto me.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
An old friend of mine used to say, “It’s so simple.” But it did not seem simple to me because I did not understand. I kept thinking there was something that I had to do. Indeed, there are things that I should do to act righteous but there is nothing that I have to do in order to be righteous. To put it more paradoxically, I may not act righteously, even though I am righteous. For example, people do not act like Americans sometimes. Yet they are Americans. Just so, I may not always act like a Christian, but I am in Christ nevertheless. I sin every day but because being in Christ, I am dead to sin, and so, sin is dead to me. How is it that I am dead to sin? Because I am crucified with Christ, sin in me is also crucified. We often need to remind ourselves that it is just that simple.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers