Daily Reform, Day 176
Galatians 2:20 & 2 Corinthians 5:14-19
From the Reformer
In view of this, Paul declares that Christ began and not we. “He loved me, and gave Himself for me. He found in me no right mind and no good will. But the good Lord had mercy upon me. Out of pure kindness He loved me, loved me so that He gave Himself for me, that I should be free from the Law, from sin, devil, and death.”
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
Your mother probably found you very loveable as a child. Some folks may even find you adorable as an adult. But you know better. If you are honest, you know there are parts of your thoughts and actions that are selfish, belligerent, and even hateful. In short, you are a sinner just like everybody else. You may be a very nice person but you fall short of the standards of Eden, let alone of the glorious holiness of heaven’s God. (Rom 3:23) While you are in this dilemma, (Rom 5:8) Christ’s sacrifice on the cross is extended to you, since he died for all people. The result is that you are now a liberated spiritual person even though you are confined to your body for a while longer. You are no longer fettered by the Law and sin and death but are freed to live in Christ’s grace. Though you are an unlovable sinner, you are loved by God, who sent his Son to put things right.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers