Except

Daily Reform, Day 202

Galatians 2:21 & Acts 16:25-34

From the Reformer

The spiritual witchery of the devil creates in the heart a wrong idea of Christ. Those who share the opinion that a person is justified by the works of the Law, are simply bewitched. Their belief goes against faith and Christ.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

This is the sad state of the church—and probably most of the church. Even those who say they believe that they are saved by faith alone and not by works, then throw in a lot of things you have to do, or that you must not do, in order to be saved. Push the issue just a little by saying, all you need to do is believe, and you will discover many, if not most will add an “except.” You don’t have to do anything except… But what is written? Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved.

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

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