Good Beyond Goodness

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Daily Reformation, Psalm 24:1-10

From the Reformer

6. Therefore, it is not the function of the law to justify.
7. But the proper function of the law is to reveal sin and especially to confound the conscience. Romans 3:20: “Through the law comes knowledge of sin.”

—Philip Melancthon, Loci Communes Theologici

Pulling It Together

Though the guardians of Olympus may welcome the occasional mortal to their high hall and Pan to his lowest pit, who may ascend the holy hill of the Lord? No one. Only she who has a pure heart and sinless hand is permitted to stand before God. Only those who have only ever done good, ever only thought good, and who are good beyond goodness may gain admittance. There is no such human and thus, humanity stands condemned by the law, by the knowledge of their sin, and without any hope but the gracious mercy of the Almighty.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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