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13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
Friday - May 28
Luther: “Again, the apostle proves that righteousness does not come from the Law but from faith, according to the fruit and merit of both. For the Law and faith deserve opposite things. That is, the Law merits wrath and the loss of the promise, but faith deserves grace and the fulfillment of the promise… The Law, as long as it is without faith which fulfills it, makes all people sinners and establishes the fact that they are guilty and thus unworthy of the promise. (Pastor Matt: In his booklet called ‘The Freedom of a Christain,’ points out that faith in Jesus actually fulfills the Law! Faith, not works! Why? Because when you trust in God’s promise of forgiveness given to us in the death and resurrection of Jesus then you fulfill the 1st and primary commandment: You shall have no other gods. Faith alone makes God yours.)