Friday, Third Week of Epiphany January 29

Text: Galatians 3:15-22

"Why then the law? It was added because of transgressions, until the offspring should come to whom the promise had been made, and it was put in place through angels by an intermediary." Galatians 3:19

“Why then the law?” It was a main question of Luther and all the reformers, and it has been on the mind of every Christian thinker before and since. According to Paul, it was added because of transgressions, because injustice requires law, order, and a standard for good behavior. Luther was a big fan of this understanding of the law. A main point of Luther’s was that the law held a mirror up to the comprehensive and ubiquitous sin that ravaged the human soul. You want to know how fallen you are? Look at the law.

But God didn’t leave us with the law, endlessly striving toward a standard we cannot meet. Showing us our sin is something God does continually, but leaving us in sin, is not. For this monumental law, God gives a monumental Gospel, that Christ has given us His law-keeping obedience. Luther saw two roads splitting in Galatians. One road is full of dogged, joyless, and altogether inadequate obedience to the law, the other is being bound with Christ, dying in Baptism and raising to walk in newness of life. There is a great law, one that God is writing on your heart as He is saving you in Jesus Christ His son.

~ Chase Benefiel



Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.