Crumbs
August 10, 2020
198. Week of First Sunday after Trinity - Monday
Law and Gospel
          The letter kills, but the spirit gives life.   2 Corinthians 3:16
          In Holy Scriptures we have two chief doctrines. Both are of God. And yet they differ as widely as death and life. And unless you clearly perceive the difference between these two doctrines, you will not know what to make of it all or what to believe. These two doctrines are the Law and the Gospel.- In His Law God tells us how we ought to be, and what we should do and not do. In His Gospel God tells us that He lovingly desires to save us by grace for Christ's sake. Every word of the Bible that tells us how we ought to be, and what we should do and not do, is Law. Every word of the Bible that tells us that it is God's will to save us by grace for Christ's sake, is Gospel. Take your Bible and try to become adept in discerning what in it is Law and what is Gospel. The Law ("the letter") kills, damns us. How so? Why? Because we have not kept it and cannot keep it, because we have transgressed it and still transgress it, we poor sinners. The Gospel ("the spirit"), however, gives life, salvation. How so? Why? Because it demands nothing of us, but merely gives freely, so that we need only to take, and rely upon it, and believe. Thus says the Law: "Cursed is he that confirms not all the words of this Law to do them." (Deut. 27:26). Thus says the Gospel: "God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16). The Law shows you your sin and ruin. The Gospel, however, shows you the deliverance, salvation. Learn to know your sin and your utter spiritual ruin from the Law, but learn to know the deliverance, your salvation, from the Gospel. From the killing Law flee into the life-giving Gospel. Then the Law will cease to curse you, then you will have eternal salvation given you by the Gospel. Dear Christian, let the Law be your schoolmaster, to drive you to Christ, whom the Gospel preaches to you.
          PRAYER: - Enlighten me, O God, that I may rightly understand Your Word. From Your holy Law let me learn to know my boundless spiritual ruin. But from Your holy Gospel let me learn to know Your grace, which abounds so much more, the grace which is in Christ Jesus, my Lord and Saviour, and which saves me from my utter ruin and gives me eternal salvation. And, O merciful Lord, let me abide in true faith in Your Gospel, the secure place of refuge against every curse. Amen.

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