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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Monday, February 20, 2017

Bible Passage:Gal 2:15

We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles.

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That is to say, the Jews are born unto the righteousness of the Law, to Moses, and to circumcision. They have the righteousness of the Law by nature. Compared with the Gentiles, they are not sinners, they are not without Law and without works. They are born righteous and brought up in righteousness. Their righteousness begins even with birth. It is a great matter that they are Jews by nature, born to the Law and to the works thereof. Notwithstanding that they have this prerogative, they are therefore not righteous before God. Though they be born holy, be circumcised, keep the Law, have the adoption, the glory, the covenant, the fathers, the true worship, God, Christ, the promises, live in them and glory in the same, none of all these is faith in Christ, which alone justifies, and not the Law, Not that the Law is evil or damnable, for the Law, circumcision, and the like, are not condemned because they do not justify, but Paul takes from them the office of justification, because the false apostles' contended that by them, without faith, and only by the works done, men are justified and saved. This Paul would not endure, for without faith all things are deadly. The Law, circumcision, the adoption, the temple, the worship of God, the promises, yea, God and Christ Himself, without faith, profits nothing. Paul speaks in general against all things which are contrary to faith.

Lord, I believe were sinners more
Than sands upon the ocean shore,
Thou hast for all a ransom paid,
For all a full atonement made.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"

Information Copyright © 2007-2009 Robin Fish. All rights reserved.

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