August 15, 2022     8:41 am
213. Week of Third Sunday after Trinity - Tuesday
The knowledge of sin comes from the Law
          By the Law is the knowledge of sin.   Romans 3:20
          God knows, of course, that we cannot keep His Law as He would have us keep it. But we also should know it. Now because of that faint knowledge of the Law which man still has by nature, man naturally also knows something about his transgression of the Law, hence of his sin. But God wants to deepen this knowledge, make it more thorough. We must know our total depravity. Such knowledge is wrought by His Law, His Law revealed in the Bible. There we behold as in a mirror how unholy we are; for there we see how holy we ought to be. The Law reveals to us the inmost crevices of our hearts, and lays bare the evil lust, which hates God, and which nestles there like a venomous sin-vermin. This evil lust is the very basic sin within us, from which all the various sins are born. Of this fact we have no true knowledge without the Law. And so without the Law we do not know the full force and awfulness of our sin, its depth and enormity. This is what St. Paul refers to when he writes: "No, I would not have known sin but by the Law; for I had not known lust (covetousness) except the Law had said: You shall not covet." (Rom. 7:7) By the Law is the knowledge of sin. Why does God want us to learn to know our sin through the Law? So that we might cling all the closer to Jesus in true faith and to the righteousness which He has purchased for us and given to us. True, the Law, and the knowledge of sin which we gain through it, does not work faith, not in the least. The Gospel and the knowledge of the grace of God in Christ alone does this. But the Gospel makes use of the Law and thereby shows us how hopelessly lost we are without Christ, and impels us all the more to seek refuge in the loving arms of our Saviour.
          PRAYER: - My God, I, Your child, give thanks to You that by Your Law You reveal to me my total depravity, and that by Your Gospel You reveal to me Your grace, which heals all our diseases. O Lord, give me Your Holy Spirit, that, the more fully I learn to know my sin, the more firmly I may hold to Your grace which is in Christ Jesus, my Lord. Amen.

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