Scaer on Christian Experience this side of heaven

Here is a nice nugget I came across while reading Dr. David P. Scaer’s new book, Law and Gospel and the Means of Grace (Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics Series):

Until death, Christians will experience only moral deprivation within themselves: “the law always accuses us; it always shows that God is angry,” lex semper accusatnos, semper ostendit irasci Deum (Ap. IV.128). The Christian’s personal experience of depravity is different from what he knows from the Gospel by faith. While by experience he can see himself as a moral failure, by faith he knows from the gospel the reality of God’s triumph over sin and the law. Law continues to terrify the conscience by making the believer aware of his sin, but by faith he trusts in the mercy God promises in Christ (p. 54).

There are so many nuggets in this book that I have found so far, it is impossible to cite them all. But make no mistake, this is a fantastic book. I am loving it so far.

About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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