The Objective of the Cross

Fog on the Golden Gate Bridge (Chris Willis) / CC BY 2.0

Daily Reform, Day 187

Galatians 2:21 & Romans 8:31-39

From the Reformer

Or do you think that God spared not His Son, but delivered Him for us all, for the fun of it? Before I would admit anything like that, I would consign the holiness of the saints and of the angels to hell.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

The Father sent his only Son to die for us because he does not want us to die. As the scriptures say, God is for us! (Rom 8:31) If he were not for us, he would have left matters to us. Of course, we would have failed miserably and died an eternal death. Now this will not happen. No indeed! Sin and therefore death are vanquished because God’s great objective is that nothing will be able to keep us from his eternal love. Tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, danger, and sword (Rom 8:35) will never separate us from his love. Neither will our meager works. It is only the love of God in the cross of Christ that justifies. (Rom 8:34) Not even we can get in the way.

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

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