+ We initially identify God’s law in a biblical text as it applies to all people. The reason our law questions are in the third person (our), instead of the first person (my), is to restrain our defensiveness at the law’s accusations. If we accept that God’s law in a text applies to everyone, it becomes easier to apply God’s law to ourselves.
+ For some it is difficult to identify the consequences of violating God’s law. If a person has not experienced the fullness of God’s love, especially as a child, it becomes quite difficult for them to accept that the result of being a sinner, without the Savior, is death.
+ Whenever God’s law and our sinfulness is minimized, the ability for us to appreciate Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection for our salvation is also minimized. When the life and death urgency of God’s law is not recognized, the law becomes incapable of leading us to the gospel.
+ The most common error in a law & gospel Bible study is to attempt to identify God’s moral law (i.e. the Ten Commandments) only as rules or a guideline for living, instead of a means to reveal our desperate need for the Savior. Only Christ is able to give us the capacity to live by the great commandment: Love God and love your neighbor.
How do you feel about being an enemy of God without Christ?