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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Bible Passage:Gal 3:22

But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.

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Where has the Scripture shut up all under sin?  First, in the promises themselves as touching Christ.  Wherever there is any promise in the Scripture made to the fathers concerning Christ, there the blessing is promised, that is, righteousness, salvation, and eternal life.  Therefore by the contrary it is evident that they who must receive the blessing must be subject to the curse, that is to say, sin and eternal death; for otherwise to what end was the blessing promised?  Secondly, the Scripture shuts men up under sin and under the curse, especially by the Law, because its peculiar office is to reveal sin and increase wrath, as Paul declares: "As many as are of the works of the Law, are under the curse," and Deut. 27:26 : "Cursed be he that does not confirm all the words of this Law to do them." For these sentences in plain words shut up under sin and under the curse, not only those who sin manifestly against the Law or do not outwardly accomplish the Law, but also those that are under the Law and endeavor to perform the same.  Briefly, whatever is without Christ and His promise is shut up under sin.  Paul has said, Scripture shuts up all under sin. Forever?  No, but until the promise should be given.  To whom was the promise to be given?  To them that believe.  In whom?  In Jesus Christ, who is the blessed Seed who redeems all believers from the curse, that they might receive the blessing.

Jesus Christ, our blessed Savior,
Turned away God's wrath forever;
Suffering pains no tongue can tell,
He saved us from the pains of hell.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
Lutheran to the core -- and just a little beyond.

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