For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. (Romans 3:23-24)
In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Turn anywhere in Scripture and we find God’s Word of Law and Gospel. Like a good book, bound in thread,God’s Law and Gospel weave their way through every Testament, book, chapter, and verse of Scripture. Remember Genesis and Exodus? The flood was Law. The ark was Gospel. The 10 plagues were Law. The Passover and Exodus were Gospel. Mt. Sinai was Law. Mt. Calvary is Gospel. Knowing all of this, St. Paul proclaims God’s Law and Gospel.
To be sure, the Law is a guide and gives us discipline in the Lord. It also is a curb or damage control for a sinful, fallen world. Here in Romans 3, God’s Law is the mirror revealing the diagnosis of our sin. Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the guiltiest sinner of all? You, me, and everyone else. Like a pole vaulter running down the track and face-planting yards before the pit and the bar, all have fallen short of God’s glory.
Thankfully, God’s word of Law isn’t His last, or only word to us. God’s Law shows us our sin. But His Gospel shows us our Savior. The Law kills. The Gospel gives life. The Law condemns us. The Gospel saves us. The Law declares we are guilty. The Gospel declares we are acquitted. The Law is the judgment of God against our sin. The Gospel is Jesus who was judged in our place. The Law causes us to despair of our sin. The Gospel brings us comfort. The Law reveals we are slaves to sin. The Gospel sets us free in Jesus. “For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.” In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. -Rev. Samuel Schuldheisz
The Law of God is good and wise And sets his will before our eyes, Shows us the way of righteousness, And dooms to death when we transgress. (The Law of God is Good and Wise, LSB 579:1)
The Gospel shows the Father’s grace, Who sent His Son to save our race, Proclaims how Jesus lived and died That we might thus ne justified. (The Gospel Shows the Father’s Grace, LSB 580:1)