Here are some nifty articles that may shed some light on the ongoing disagreement over the ‘third use of the Law’ controversy. http://www.ctsfw.edu/library/files/pb/1966 I’d like to know your thoughts on these articles, if you get the chance. Thanks! – Steve M.
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The Solid Declaration of the Formula of Concord
VI. The Third Use of the Law
Definition of Monergism: The view that the Holy Spirit is the only agent who effects regeneration of Christians. It is in contrast with synergism, the view that there is a cooperation between the divine and the human in the regeneration process. Monergism is a redemptive blessing purchased by Christ for those the Father has given Him (1 Pet 1:3, John 3:5,6, 6:37, 39). This grace works independently of any human cooperation and conveys that power into the fallen soul whereby the person who is to be saved is effectually enabled to respond to the gospel call (John 1:13; Acts 2:39, 13:48; Rom 9:16). From Monergism.com
This is the freedom and the slavery of which Paul speaks in Rom. 6:20, 22: "When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousnessness. But now that you have been set free from sin, you have become slaves of God. But let us set this up in a diagram:
Freedom from righteousness} Service of sin}
Service of righteousness} Freedom from sin}
For he who is free from sin has become a slave of righteousness; but he who is the slave of sin is free from righteousness, and vice versa ... "Christ," he says, "has made :his freedom." It is a spiritual one to be preserved in the spirit. It is not that heathen kind, which even the pagan Persius knew was not enough. It is : freedom from the Law, but in a way contrary to what usually takes place among men. For in human freedom when laws are changed without effecting any change in men, but it is a Christian freedom when men are changed without changing the Law. Consequently, the same Law that was formerly hateful to the freew will becomes delightful, since love is pured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit (Rom.5:5). In this freedom, he teaches us we must stand strongly and steadfastly, because Christ, who fulfills the Law and overcomes sin for us, sends the spirit of love into the hearts of those who believe in Him. This makes them righteous and lovers of the Law, not because of their own works but freely because it is freely bestowed by Christ. -Martin Luther
Our Lord Jesus, Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light. Keep us from becoming burdened by laws fulfilled in You, and help us to live lives sanctified by Your Spirit that we might bear witness that in You all things have been made new; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.