This week, as we continue in our DNA Sermon Series, we are exploring our understanding of the relationship between Law and Gospel. This distinction has a huge impact on how we read and understand the scriptures. Consider the following lyrics from a hymn written by Paul Speratus:
What God did in His Law demand and none to Him could render
caused wrath and woe on every hand for man, the vile offender.
Our flesh has not those pure desires the spirit of the Law requires,
and lost is our condition.
It was a false, misleading dream that God His Law had given
that sinners could themselves redeem and by their works gain heaven.
The Law is but a mirror bright to bring the inbred sin to light
that lurks within our nature.
“When the devil attacks and torments us, we must completely set aside the whole Decalogue. When the devil throws our sins up to us and declares that we deserve death and hell, we ought to speak this: ‘I admit that I deserve death and hell. What of it? Does this mean that I shall be sentenced to eternal damnation? By no means. For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction in my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Where he is, there I shall be also.’” - Martin Luther