Law and Gospel
God’s Law and Gospel are different in many ways. Law and Gospel are given to us in different ways: the law was given to all in our hearts and two stone tablets, the gospel is only revealed to us through God’s word. They give us different truths: the law tells us what we should and shouldn’t do, while the gospel tells us about what God has done for us in his grace. They both have different work to do: the law works as a curb, mirror, and guide leading us to repentance, and the gospel brings us to faith and comforts us with the assurance of our forgiveness.
One important thing that they have in common, however, is that their combined goal is to lead us to Jesus, the hope of our salvation, and to life eternal with him.