Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Luther: law for the spirit

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
    We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin.
    —Romans 7:14 (NIV)
    In Romans 7, St. Paul says, “The law is spiritual.” What does that mean? If the law were physical, then it could be satisfied by works, but since it is spiritual, no one can satisfy it unless everything he does springs from the depths of the heart. But no one can give such a heart except the Spirit of God, who makes the person be like the law, so that he actually conceives a heartfelt longing for the law and henceforward does everything, not through fear or coercion, but from a free heart.
    ... Martin Luther (1483-1546), “Preface to the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans”, par. 6 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 7:14; Lev. 19:18; Deut. 6:5; Ps. 51:6; Matt. 22:37-40; Heb. 4:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead me to know what You desire from me, and grant a cheerful heart to do it.
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