July 27

 

 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

 

Although the law doesn’t justify us, it’s still useful and necessary.  First, in society, it holds the lawless people in check.  Second, it shows people that they are sinners guilty of death and worthy of eternal wrath.

Why does the hammer of the law smash us to pieces and crush us?  Of what use is this humiliation?  It shows us that the way of grace stands open to us.  So the law is a servant and prepares us for grace.  For God is a God of the humble, the miserable, the troubled, the oppressed, the despairing, and those who have become totally nothing.  He lifts the lowly, feed

s the hungry, heals the blind, comforts the miserable and troubled, justifies the sinner, raises the dead, and saves the despairing and the condemned.  For he is the almighty Creator who makes everything from nothing.  Most of all, he protects us form the most harmful corruption ­– presuming we’re righteous.  No one wants to be a sinner who is impure, miserable, and condemned.  But everyone wants to be righteous and holy.  So God uses this hammer of the law to break, crush, and annihilate this beast with its empty confidence, wisdom, righteousness and power.  As a result, it will learn through its misfortune that it is lost and condemned.  When the conscience has been terrified in this way by the law, there’s a place for the teaching of the gospel and of grace, which restores and comforts the conscience.  This teaching says that Christ came into the world, not to break a bruised reed, not even to snuff out a smoldering wick (Isaiah 42:3), but “to preach good news to the poor….bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners” (Isaiah 61:1).

Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed The World

A 2005 Gold Medallion finalist!Martin Luther served as a catalyst of the Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century Europe. This book teaches children about his fascinating life, influence, and teaching while encouraging them to see how God uses them in His kingdom today.

Children learn the historic background to a significant time in the church. They discover that, like Martin Luther, they can learn about the reality of Christ’s life and death on their behalf, His grace and mercy, and His desire for them as baptized, redeemed children of God.

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