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



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