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Daily Reformation, 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2

From the Reformer

What do you suppose would have happened if the Law had been given without a mediator and the people had been denied the services of a go-between? The people would have perished, or in case they had escaped they would have required the services of another mediator to preserve them alive and to keep the Law in force. Moses came along and he was made the mediator. He covered his face with a veil. But that is as much as he could do. He could not deliver men’s consciences from the terror of the Law. The sinner needs a better mediator.

That better mediator is Jesus Christ. He does not change the voice of the Law, nor does He hide the Law with a veil. He takes the full blast of the wrath of the Law and fulfills its demands most meticulously.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians

Pulling It Together

Because Jesus took, as Luther says, “the full blast of [God’s] wrath,” you may depend upon God’s full mercy. The impact of this change of status quo is that you may now be not simply his creation, not only his child, but now you may behold God as he always intended—as a friend would, face-to-face. The veil is lifted and his visage is becoming ever clearer. Look fully on his marvelous face. That is why he came: that you may know the Father. (John 14:9)

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

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