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Daily Reformation, 2 Corinthians 6:16-18
From the Reformer
We say, faith apprehends Jesus Christ. Christian faith is not an inactive quality in the heart. If it is true faith it will surely take Christ for its object. Christ, apprehended by faith and dwelling in the heart, constitutes Christian righteousness, for which God gives eternal life.
—Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians
Pulling It Together
Though one cannot catch God or set out to find him and succeed—for he is “far above all the heavens” (Eph 4:10)—God has searched out you. God “searches all hearts” but only those who have faith may know him. (1Ch 28:9) “Faith apprehends” God because God dwells in the faithful—the believer. Therefore, God makes the heart a place of righteous activity because he lives there. Yet these activities and deeds are not Christian righteousness. The righteousness of a Christian is Christ himself—and Christ only. This is why he must dwell within, for without him, one is altogether unrighteous, not matter the goodness of one’s deeds.
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers