The Law

[23] Luther’s proof, Thesis 23:

 

The law brings the wrath of God, kills, reviles, accuses, judges, and condemns everything that is not in Christ [Rom. 4:15].  

Thus Gal. 3[:13] states, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law;” and: “For all who rely on works of the law are under the curse” [Gal. 3:10]; and Rom. 4[:15]: “For the law brings wrath;” and Rom. 7[:10]: “The very commandment which promised life proved to be the death of me;” Rom. 2[:12]: “All who have sinned without the law will also perish without law.” Therefore he who boasts that he is wise and learned in the law boasts in his confusion, his damnation, the wrath of God, in death. As Rom. 2[:23] puts it: “You who boast in the law.”

 

The law does not work the love of God — it works His wrath; it does not give life — it kills; it does not bless — it reviles; it does not comfort — it accuses; it does not pardon — it judges; it does not save — it condemns. In our active efforts to strive to righteousness through our own works, we stray, ironically, farther from our goal. Only in passive rest in Christ, through His grace, can we achieve it.

 

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How then, are we to love the Law?

 

 

 

4 Responses

  1. Oh how I love your law!
    It is my meditation all the day. (Psalm 119:97)

    Great peace have those who love your law;
    nothing can make them stumble.
    I hope for your salvation, O LORD,
    and I do your commandments.
    My soul keeps your testimonies;
    I love them exceedingly.(Psalm 119:165-167)

    Actually, I think the whole of Psalm 119 is appropriate for comment here, but it is a really long Psalm after all so I just picked out a couple of choice parts.

  2. I don’t know anyone who fits that description.

    Although I know some who think they do.

  3. I think this is the way and ultimately what such Psalms as 119 are pointing to:

    We do not love the Law as it is as commands or that we can try to acheive. In fact that is the very opposite of the Law and the view most have. Very deluded. When you “try” to love in order to be loving, for example, you are just simply being self absorbed period. The fact that the Law is publicized is ALREADY saying, “Sinner”, that is “inwardly turned fallen man in ALL that you do good or bad”.

    Thus, if we were in the will of God, the Law, we would not need the Law nor need it saying, “do/don’t do”. As Paul CLEARLY indicates where there is no sin there is no Law (the Gospel import of this is TREMENDOUS! – and why the Law serves the Gospel not vice versa as many think)

    So, we love the Law in lamenting who we are by nature, sinners, BY NATURE not just deeds or not just “the bad deeds” (which is NOT the biblical view of sin in the LEAST). And we long to be like what the Law is pointing to, truly utter outward giving love without care for self AT ALL, especially unto justification or sanctification. We would desire to FREED to be that way for our neighbor but not for ourselves. But, the command, does not in the LEAST give the power. So we desire pure FREE Grace and as the prayer our Lord taught us says, “forgive us our tresspasses…”, meaning not “forgive us now because You have not unless we ask, because we already HAVE the Gospel in which there is nothing but forgiveness. Rather the petetion is asking to teach us continually to KNOW that You, God, have forgiven us because in our bondage to our wills we will not believe this at all and continually fall away from believing this.

    THIS, Christ has done it all so there is NOTHING, NOT ONE SINGLE THING LEFT TO DO, ZERO, no growth, nothing – THIS brings the release whereby we may begin, ever so small in this life to then be like the Law and love the Law.

    To Wit: If you TRULY believe you have all in Christ then you are dead and can freely give all. You trust the first commandment, “I am the Lord your God…” and from this glorious freedom the rest of the commands fall into place.

    But be warned, the Law is then not “law” or commands, but glorious promises. And THAT is why the psalmist in 119 could praise the Law and love, not as commands but its promises to be given!

    One cannot love the Law as “commands”, to view or detect a “command” from God is to already have fallen into sin that is already there whereby it is now detected by the fallen creature as “a command”. Before the fall and in the future eternal Kingdom command did not exist, we were, are and will be 100 percent in the Law…in the will of God. When you are IN the actual will of God, you do not detect “command” anymore than a fish detects he is wet in the water…he just IS perfectly. That’s what it means to be in perfect unity with God. But we can only be that way if we stick to Christ alone for us, yes the scandal of the Cross. All else is to actually hate the Law, especially much of the so called sanctification and so called ‘growing in Christ likeness’ crap that poses as “Christian.

    Larry

    L

  4. I prefer “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”
    (Romans 10:4 ESV)

    We cannot perfectly obey the ten commandments even as believers, the hardest being the first. It seems hardly logical for us to ask non-believers to obey them. We may suggest they use them as a guide, but you cannot legislate morality or religion. I hate stuff like this because it makes Christians look self-righteous and theocratical.

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