The Law & the Gospel in the Liturgy
If what is said, sung, or preached in the liturgy could be said, sung, or preached had Jesus Christ never died on the cross and rose from the dead for the salvation of the world, then that worship is not uniquely Christian.
The Two-Fold Word
"The Word of God is living and active" (Heb 4:12), the "Spirit-ed," exhalation out of the mouth of God, who breaths out his life-giving breath into lifeless clay and makes man a living being. Through the Word all things were created, and by the same Word all creation is sustained and preserved.
This living and active Word is a two-fold Word of the Law and the Gospel. The Word of the Law judges and kills the sinner. It silences every mouth before God. It strips the self-righteous, self-excusing sinner ...