What about the Law?
Out of the Reformation of the 1500’s came a renewed interest and understanding of salvation by GRACE through FAITH. Grace continues to be found, discovered, uncovered, and recovered even in our day. It is always AMAZING when the Grace of God is apprehended by individuals and churches.
Typically the question that arises after grace has come bounding into the equation is, “What about the law?” If I am saved by grace what role does the law now play in my life? It is, of course, a great question and one that must be continually answered. Thanks to Martin Luther and the other reformers (2017 is the 500th anniversary of the “start” of the Reformation) we have solid ground on which to stand.
The reformers discerned from the scriptures what is often referred to as the three uses of the law. Martin Luther outlined it most clearly in his Small Catechism:
“What purposes does the Law then serve?”
First, the Law helps to control violent outbursts of sin and keeps order in the world (a curb.)
Second, the Law accuses us and shows us our sin (a mirror.)
Third, the Law teaches us Christians what we should and should not do to live a God-pleasing life
(a guide.) The power to live according to the Law comes from the Gospel.”
That’s worth committing to memory: the law is a curb, a mirror, and a guide for the Christian to follow by the power of the gospel. Even young children can understand that!
A Fellow Troubadour,
Pastor Sam Smith