This is a repost from the old “Ask A Lutheran” blog. Yesterday I had a brief conversation with another Lutheran gentleman that brought this post to mind, so I thought I’d give it another spin. Because I am lazy. Or efficient. It’s one or the other.
The Gospel doesn’t say “Do”, it says “Done”.
What Does This Mean?
I think it refers to our human tendency to try to make the Gospel into Law. We say and think things like, “If you want to be saved, all you have to do is…” and “If a person is truly saved then he will not do…” etc.
When Lutherans are concerned about the mixing of law and Gospel, they are concerned with the loss of the promise-nature of the Gospel – and it is the promise nature which is the Holy Spirit’s way of calling forth faith *and of sustaining…
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