Daily Reform, Day 171
Galatians 2:20 & Romans 8:9-11
From the Reformer
“I live by the faith of the Son of God,” he says. “My speech is no longer directed by the flesh, but by the Holy Ghost. My sight is no longer governed by the flesh, but by the Holy Ghost. My hearing is no longer determined by the flesh, but by the Holy Ghost. I cannot teach, write, pray, or give thanks without the instrumentality of the flesh; yet these activities do not proceed from the flesh, but from God.”
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
The flesh is just a tool; it is not the wielder. The body is driven by the brain. However, the new life in Christ is steered by the Spirit. Every good thing that the body does is directed by the Spirit of God who lives in the believer. Were it not for the Spirit of God, we could do nothing truly good or righteous—that which gives the glory back to God. This good is only done because the spiritual mind is set on what the Spirit of God desires. It is controlled by the Spirit and uses the body to accomplish its will. Otherwise, the body is lifeless.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers