Thursday, November 2

Galatians 2:15-21

15We ourselves are Jews by birth and not Gentile sinners; 16yet we know that a person is justified not by the works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ. And we have come to believe in Christ Jesus, so that we might be justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law, because no one will be justified by the works of the law. 17But if, in our effort to be justified in Christ, we ourselves have been found to be sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin? Certainly not! 18But if I build up again the very things that I once tore down, then I demonstrate that I am a transgressor. 19For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; 20and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.

Reflection

For our reflection today on Paul’s letter to the Galatians, meditate on the words of Fanny Crosby’s familiar and beloved hymn Blessed Assurance.
 

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of his Spirit, washed in his blood. (Refrain)
 

(Refrain)
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior, all the day long.
 
Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels descending bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love. (Refrain)
 
Perfect submission, all is at rest;
I, in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with his goodness, lost in his love. (Refrain)
 
(Evangelical Lutheran Worship #638)

Prayer


God of Grace, give me the promised rest of trusting fully and wholly in your love. In Jesus’ name, Amen.