Friday, November 3
Romans 1:17 really troubled Luther. “For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed.” He understood God’s righteousness as a standard that he could not measure up to, a measuring stick that would condemn him to hell. It was not “good news.” He began to hate God. But as he pursued this, the light dawned on him that the righteousness of God was not an instrument of judgment, but a gift of grace. God had paid for our sins and was giving us his righteousness as a free gift. This changed Luther’s life. In his own words: “This straightaway made me feel as though I had been reborn, and as though I had entered through open gates into paradise itself. From that moment, I saw the whole face of Scripture in a new light . . . where I had once hated the phrase . . I began to love and extol it as the sweetest of phrases, that this passage . . . became the very gate of paradise to me.” This revelation became the cornerstone of the Protestant Reformation.