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Chris Rosebrough on the Law and the Gospel

Whose preaching is going to make you realize, ‘Oh, man, I’m in trouble. I’m thirsty. I need a drink of water. Badly. I’m dying in a parched land. I’ve just been withered to death by the preaching of God’s Law, and I’ve been found guilty. I stand condemned in my wickedness before a holy and a just God. Oh, woe is me; I am undone! What’s the solution for this!’? See, only when you preach God’s Law to condemn sinners of their sin, to strip them of their self-righteousness—their fig leaves, to leave them naked, dead, and bleeding and guilty before a holy and just God—only then are they ready to hear the Gospel. You don’t preach the good news to secure and smug sinners. You have to preach the Law first to strip them of their smugness, their comfortableness, and make them terribly uncomfortable and terribly thirsty for Jesus Christ, the Water of Life.

Chris Rosebrough

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