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Five Minutes a Day with Luther
Friday, March 27, 2020

Bible Passage:Gal 3:24

"Wherefore the Law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith."

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The Law is not a schoolmaster to bring us unto another lawgiver who requires good works, but unto Christ, our Justifier and Savior, that by faith in Him we might be justified, and not by works.  But when a man feels the force and strength of the Law, he does not understand nor believe this.  Therefore he says, I have lived wickedly, for I have transgressed all the commandments of God, and therefore am guilty of death.  If God will prolong my life a number of years, or at least a number of months, I will amend my life and live a holy life hereafter.  But this is abuse of the real use of the Law.  The true use of the Law is to teach me the knowledge of my sin and humble me, so that I may come to Christ and be justified by faith.  But faith is neither Law nor work, but an assured confidence which takes hold of Christ, "who is the end of the Law." Not that He has abolished the old Law and given a new, or that He is a judge who must be pacified by works, but He is the end of the Law to every one who believes; that is, everyone who believes in Jesus is righteous and the Law may not accuse him.  The Law humbles the sinner, accuses him and bruises him, but only to the end that this may drive him to Christ, his Savior and Comforter.  When this is done he is no longer under a schoolmaster.  Seeing the whole world is overwhelmed with sin, it has need of this ministry of the Law, so that sin may be revealed, and the sinner driven to Christ.

By Thee my prayers acceptance gain,
Although with sin defiled:
Satan accuses me in vain,
And I am owned a child.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
To be Lutheran is to be Christian -- and Vice Versa!

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