The Tormentor Will Lose
As we are coming up on the 500th anniversary of the reformation I have been reading a lot about Martin Luther and many of the other great reformers. When I think about Martin Luther, I relate to what He went through before God opened His eyes to see the true gospel. He was tormented. Day and night. Now I was not Catholic, but in the past years there have been times in my life where I felt I had to work for my salvation, or do as much as I could to make God happy. What a terrible way to feel. It truly is tormenting and the enemy is relentless during those times. He brings in much doubt and fear, confusion, and makes you feel like God is upset with you and the only way to make Him happy is to work and do good and try to not sin.
Martin Luther felt this way until the revelation of the beauty of the gospel was revealed to him. Christ crucified for our sins, all we must do is receive that gift and abide with Him in Faith. He paid the price. He did the work. He sacrificed Himself for us. He took our place. He was our propitiation. He was our substitution. 2 Corinthians 5:21 “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” The only way for God to see us as righteous is when we are united to Christ in faith. It is simple, yet hard. How easy it is to get feel like we have to strive and work for our salvation. Luther was free when his eyes were open to this. The tormenting inside of his mind was gone.
The beauty of the gospel is overwhelming and freeing when we lose the sense of “working” and gain the revelation of “receiving”. It is free. Righteousness, mercy, freedom, unfailing love, all in Christ. Gods wrath for your sin was poured out on Christ, who willingly took it, so that you could receive the gift of salvation and spend eternity with the Lord in paradise. John 14:6 “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Today, remember the gospel, have faith that Christ’s sacrifice is enough, and have faith only in Him. You will be free, you will be satisfied, and you will truly be a child of God. The tormenting, the confusion, the fear will leave as the beauty of our Father and His son Jesus enter in. The devotional entry below has been a great encouragement to me recently and I hope it blesses you like it did me.