Law: Where it Ends

Luther once wrote:

“It is no small matter then to understand rightly what the law is, and what is the true use and office thereof… we reject not the law and works, as our adversaries do falsely accuse us… we say that the law is good and profitable, but in his own proper use: which is first to bridle civil transgressions [Rom.2.14-15], and then to reveal and to increase spiritual transgressions [Rom.5.20; Gal.3.19].

“Wherefore the law is also a light, which sheweth and revealeth, not the grace of God, not righteousness and life; but sin,death, the wrath and judgement of God… the law, when it is in his true sense, doth nothing else but reveal sin, engender wrath, accuse and terrify men, so that it bringeth them to the very brink of desperation. This is the proper use of the law, and here it hath an end, and it ought to go no further.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s