No, We Can’t

Daily Reform, Day 181

Galatians 2:20 & 1 Corinthians 15:10

From the Reformer

Did the Law ever love me? Did the Law ever sacrifice itself for me? Did the Law ever die for me? On the contrary, it accuses me, it frightens me, it drives me crazy. Somebody else saved me from the Law, from sin and death unto eternal life. That Somebody is the Son of God, to whom be praise and glory forever.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

But certainly I must go to church, tithe, ask for forgiveness, do some work of piety. No. I should do these things but they are not required for eternal life. What I must do is believe that someone else did everything that is required for my eternal salvation. If I do not believe this then I do not believe that Christ is sufficient for me. Work hard for God but never believe your efforts save you. Only the work of Jesus will ever do that. Believe.

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

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