The Law Has No Power To Release Us (Chrysostom)

Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers First Series, Volume XIII I always enjoy reading Chrysostom; he’s one of my favorite preachers/authors of the patristic era.  Here’s a wonderful commentary on Gal 1:4, “…who gave Himself for our sins…” (NASB).  He understood that the law can’t deliver us – only Jesus can!

“For our sins,” says the Apostle; we had pierced ourselves with ten thousand evils, and had deserved the gravest punishment; and the Law not only did not deliver us, but it even condemned us, making sin more manifest, without the power to release us from it, or to stay the anger of God. But the Son of God made this impossibility possible for he remitted our sins, He restored us from enmity to the condition of friends, He freely bestowed on us numberless other blessings.

John Chrysostom, “Commentary of St. John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, on the Epistle of St. Paul the Apostle to the Galatians,” ed. Philip Schaff, trans. Gross Alexander with Anonymous, vol. 13, A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, First Series (New York: Christian Literature Company, 1889), 5.

Shane Lems

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