Daily Reform, Day 186
Galatians 2:21 & 1 Corinthians 1:18
From the Reformer
Did Christ die, or did He not die? Was His death worth while, or was it not? If His death was worth while, it follows that righteousness does not come by the Law. Why was Christ born anyway? Why was He crucified? Why did He suffer? Why did He love me and give Himself for me? It was all done to no purpose if righteousness is to be had by the Law.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians
Pulling It Together
Was Christ crucified so that you could be a better person? A moral person? No. Christ died so that you, a sinner, could be alive in him forever. If you become a better person on earth in the meanwhile, so much the better. But morality will not save you because while it may make you a better person, it will not make you righteous. Only the Christ of the cross accomplishes that feat.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reform: Devotions with the Reformers