More from Veith…
More in our continuing series on non-Lutherans discovering Lutheran theology (while many Lutherans throw it away).
Jono Linebaugh, New Testament Professor at Knox Theological Seminary, is working in the same orbit as Tullian Tchividjian, Billy Graham's grandson and pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, in their discovery, via Luther, of the distinction between Law & Gospel.
Dr. Linebaugh has written a very helpful piece on that subject entitled "Luther on the Law." He underscores some aspects that we often miss: how it's God who uses the Law; how the Law is conditional and the Gospel is not conditional.
His discussion of the controversial "Third Use of the Law" is interesting too. He is NOT denying that Christians must live a life according to God's commands. He is trying to work his way out of the Reformed position that puts so much stress on the Third Use that the Gospel can be forgotten. His point is that God's commands in light of the Gospel are not conditional either.
I'll post excerpts to give you the flavor, but you should read the whole thing. Tomorrow I post some of what he says on the Third Use of the Law, so hold that thought:
HT: Daniel Siedell