Digging Into Rosenius: God’s Faithfulness and My Conscience

Ryan Egan —  March 3, 2011 — 2 Comments

Carl Olof Rosenius preaching in Betlehemskyrkan in StockholmAn accurate balance between Law and Gospel is at the forefront of many Lutherans’ minds.  And, although we might not realize it, that same balance exists in our hearts every day.

I’ve recently been reading the thin but power-packed book, “The Believer Free from the Law” by Carl Olaf Rosenius, a man of great heritage within the Free Lutheran history.  It has both challenged and convicted me regarding the constant struggle I have with judgement and grace.  This summary of the juxtaposition of my unfaithfulness and God’s never-changing character is fantastic:

In the heart of God there is an eternal satisfaction with the merit of the Son alone, an eternal grace, an eternal good pleasure in what the only begotten Son has done; but in my heart there is a continual variation and strife between faith and unbelief, a continual alternating of light and darkness.  In heaven there is an everlasting song of praise to the victory of the Lamb, but here below on earth only brief moments of increased light, joy, and songs of praise.

In God’s great book my account is forever balanced, but my little passbook, my conscience, seldom corresponds with God’s account, for we have an enemy who continually makes new entries of debt against us in order to disturb and terrify us.  But praised be God, that the covenant of grace is in His heart perfect, firm and undisturbed; that He does not count our sins against us; and that He does not judge us according to the law, although we ourselves do.

My conscience indeed seldom corresponds with God’s account.  Jesus, help me understand Grace more and more, so I can apply it to both myself and others.

What have you been reading lately that has challenged and encouraged you?  How has God shown a clearer picture of Grace to you in your life?

(photo from the Wikimedia Commons)

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Ryan is a follower of Christ, husband, father, worship leader, & creative. He is heavily involved in the Association of Free Lutheran Churches and desires to teach others to live a life of worship in everything they do.
  • Jason Gudim

    This year I have started reading through the Book of Concord as part of my devotions. It has been an excellent experience and something I plan to continue. I’m just finishing up the Large Catechism, and Luther’s insights on prayer in the section on the Lord’s Prayer are remarkable.

  • http://www.iamanoffering.com iamanoffering

    Luther is the man for sure. Pastor Wade let me borrow some volumes of his complete works and there is some remarkable content in there indeed.