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Daily Reformation, Acts 2:1-21

From the Reformer

To put on Christ according to the Gospel means to clothe oneself with the righteousness, wisdom, power, life, and Spirit of Christ. By nature we are clad in the garb of Adam. This garb Paul likes to call “the old man.” Before we can become the children of God this old man must be put off, as Paul says (Ephesians 4:29). The garment of Adam must come off like soiled clothes. Of course, it is not as simple as changing one’s clothes. But God makes it simple. He clothes us with the righteousness of Christ by means of Baptism, as the Apostle says in this verse: “As many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” With this change of garments a new birth, a new life stirs in us. New affections toward God spring up in the heart. New determinations affect our will. All this is to put on Christ according to the Gospel. Needless to say, when we have put on the robe of the righteousness of Christ we must not forget to put on also the mantle of the imitation of Christ.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians

Pulling It Together

What a remarkable thing that this fellow named Peter would one day follow his Lord across stormy waters and another day not follow him across a dark courtyard; that one day he would not speak up for Jesus and another day speak with power and conviction; one day, dine with the different and another day turn his back only to repent and give in to the Spirit again.

Do not be surprised when the Spirit suddenly rushes in to your “house,” and do not be surprised when you lock him out. Only determine to repent and allow him to renovate that room of the house. In so doing, you are following in the footsteps of a great man. The building project is not yet complete but you are being “renovatur de die in diem” (Vulgate of 2Cor 4:16)—renovated day by day.

Whatever metaphor you like, being re-clothed, made new, or renovated, be sure of this: God is not finished with you.

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

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