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"Law and Gospel"

October 24, 2006

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For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17

The Bible contains two distinctively different messages. For instance:

Have you ever felt depressed, desolate, on the verge of despair because of some wrong you had done -- a deliberate lie? A dishonest business deal? A deliberate sin of sex? Did you feel miserable, worthless, guilty before God?

That was the condemning message of God's Law. His Law demands perfection; it passes judgment; it pronounces the inexorable verdict of guilt and the punishment of death.

On the other hand, did you ever feel free as a bird, completely at peace with God, fully forgiven through faith in Christ, consciously living in His grace? That was because you had heard and believed the message of His Gospel.

The Law, after all, can only demand, condemn, and ultimately kill. But the Gospel, the good news of God's love in Christ, assures us of forgiveness, peace, and joy. It is important that in our Christian faith and life we distinguish clearly between these two. When God's Law threatens to destroy us, we must always flee to Jesus' open arms and hear His Gospel: "Your sins are forgiven ... Go in peace" (Luke 7:48-50).

PRAYER: Lord, forgive me for Jesus' sake. Amen.

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