Who could have said these hard words about the Law?

November 4, 2017


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Martin Luther



A wise man! 

Martin Luther was a wise man in many ways (except for a few things and one of them were his difficulty with the Jews).

But was he right on with his statement about “The true function of the law is to accuse and to kill; but the function of the gospel is to make alive.“ ?

The answer is “Yes”  because it’s in your Bible.


With all due respect for the Old Covenant (For the Jews—Tenach) the law was to expose sin and show that it was impossible to live under the perfect law of God.

So to say that in general the law was to accuse you and then if found guilty it kills you or simply “Do (the law) or die (by the law).  


“He has qualified us [making us sufficient] as ministers of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ],

not of the letter [of a written code] but of the Spirit; for the letter [of the Law] kills

[by revealing sin and demanding obedience], but the Spirit gives life.”

2 Corinthians 3:6

(Amplified Bible) 



Historical lesson!

Martin Luther found this truth in the Bible in 2 Corinthians 3 to free believers from the Old Covenant laws while the Catholic Church (Rome) bound believers under their own laws (copout of the Old Covenant for the purpose of Rome and not God) and whoever broke the law of the doctrines (canons) of the Catholic Church under the New Covenant was in jeopardy, under condemnation. Why?

Because the doctrine of the Catholic Church since many generation made its rules under the Old Covenant laws, under the banner of Christ and the gospel of the New Covenant.

To be under the rule of the Catholic Church (Rome) was to obey what the church says or pay the prize for breaking the law/rules which the Pope declared as a true doctrine (declared as a bull/canonized).


Martin Luther freed people through the truth of Scripture

while Rome bound people through laws! 


Today’s lesson about Martin Luther statement!

Look, I love to read in the Old Covenant and found things which relate and fulfill the New Covenant.

The Old Covenant surprises me in many ways about how God is a genius, a loving and a very patient deity.

But to live under the Old Covenant was an impossible task and God knew that because it was his plan all along.



Because mankind challenged God all the time even among the Hebrews, the people of God.

The deal was “You want me to be your God then be (try to be) perfect under my law because this is who I am that I am, your God”.


Why believers have no interest in the book of Leviticus? *

Because it is only about the law and those laws are very difficult to observe and many of them were “Do it correctly or die” for the priesthood (Levites) and “Do or die” for the People.

God demonstrating His hard and impossible standard or wanting His people to fully understand through the law that they could not be god or be like god after a long period of time from Moses to Jesus Christ (about 2000 years).

Then grace and the mercy fell on the people of God and all the world through the Messiah Jesus (Yeshua) “For God so loved  the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.“ John 3:16 who brought us in a new area, the New Covenant with better promises “But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.“ Hebrews 8:6  which the promises of God are all yes and amen “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.“ 2 Corinthians 1:20.


This is what Martin Luther saw in the Bible,

the good news which make us alive in Christ!


Denis Lavoie



* The book of Leviticus is for me very interesting because it gives a lot of answers about God’s perfection in heaven,

   how He is precise/detailed, how loving He is imposing boundaries for the purpose of preventing His people to get

   hurt or sinning against Him (To mist out on His perfect/holy standard) and much more.  



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