Daily Reform, Day 167
Galatians 2:20 & 1 Peter 1:3-4
From the Reformer
Paul has a peculiar style, a celestial way of speaking. “I live,” he says, “I live not; I am dead, I am not dead; I am a sinner, I am not a sinner; I have the Law, I have no Law.” When we look at ourselves we find plenty of sin. But when we look at Christ, we have no sin. Whenever we separate the person of Christ from our own person, we live under the Law and not in Christ; we are condemned by the Law, dead before God.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
Each of us is the sum of our relationships. I see within myself more than traces of my parents and others who have influenced my life, yet I am me. I do not think that I am my father or mother. I do not claim to be someone I am not. The Christian Faith takes this a step further. Christ now lives in me. I do not claim to be Christ, yet he is within me and more than just a part of my personality development. He truly lives in me. We are joined, married if you will, one. Yet I still live; I am me. So when I sin, I dare not look to me. I must look to the Risen One within me and know that I have no sin.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers