The Conscience of One

Daily Reform, Day 163

Galatians 2:20 & Romans 13:11-14

From the Reformer

Paul explains what constitutes true Christian righteousness. True Christian righteousness is the righteousness of Christ who lives in us. We must look away from our own person. Christ and my conscience must become one, so that I can see nothing else but Christ crucified and raised from the dead for me. If I keep on looking at myself, I am gone.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

When the Father looks at the believer, he sees his own Son. He does not see the sinner; he sees the Redeemer of the sinner. This is what it means to be clothed in Christ. (Rom 13:14) We need to learn to do the same thing that the Father does. When we look in the spiritual mirror, we must remind ourselves that we put on Christ when we were baptized—not when we stopped sinning. (Gal 3:27) Since we never stop sinning, this is difficult for many—perhaps most—Christians. The righteousness of Christ for the believer is abhorrent to them. They are so focused on their sins that they cannot see Christ when they look in the spiritual mirror.

The next time the devil accuses your conscience, adopt Christ’s pure conscience and remember that you are clothed in him. Those who cannot or will not assume the conscience of Christ run the risk of losing faith because the object of their faith is self instead of Christ. Jesus died to set you free from sin and self. When your conscience and Christ’s conscience become one, you will truly believe that you have put on the new self. You have put Christ and are being renewed after the image of your Creator. (Col 3:10)

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

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