I have been working my way through Galatians at Calvary Community Church, and seeing in new ways the glories of the Gospel, and even more, the glory of Christ. Many times, Paul contrasts that glory with the law.
I read this quote from Luther this morning on law and gospel. It is classic, brash, Martin ::
It is the supreme art of the devil that he can make the law out of the gospel. If I can hold on to the distinction between law and gospel, I can say to him any and every time that he should kiss my backside. Even if I sinned I would say, ‘Should I deny the gospeI on this account?’ . . . Once I debate about what I have done and left undone, I am finished. But if I reply on the basis of the gospel, ‘The forgiveness of sins covers it all,’ I have won.”
Martin Luther, quoted in Reinhard Slenczka, “Luther’s Care of Souls for Our Times,” Concordia Theological Quarterly 67 (2003): 42.
(HT: Oversight of Souls)