The Certainty of the Whosoever

Daily Reform, Day 179

Galatians 2:20 & John 3:16

From the Reformer

Who is this “me”? I, wretched and damnable sinner, dearly beloved of the Son of God. If I could by work or merit love the Son of God and come to Him, why should He have sacrificed Himself for me? This shows how the papists ignore the Scriptures, particularly the doctrine of faith. If they had paid any attention at all to these words, that it was absolutely necessary for the Son of God to be given into death for me, they would never have invented so many hideous heresies.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

Christians know from that most famous of all Bible verses that Jesus was sent by the Father’s great love to die for the world. The poignancy of the second half of the verse, however, escapes many. “Whosover” puts a finer point on the Father’s love. His love is not intended only for simply everyone. God’s love is also aimed at the “whosover.” Jesus was given for you—even you! When you grasp how much God loves you, the certainty of everlasting life becomes a real and living hope.

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

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