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“Christ’s death…ought to be placed…far above the Law itself”


Cranach_the_Younger_Philipp_MelanchthonHere’s what we ought to understand: People regenerated through faith not only receive the Holy Spirit, and have motives that agree with God’s Law, but we ought also to realize that they are far distant from the Law’s perfection.  This point has the greatest importance by far…We cannot conclude that we are counted righteous before God because of our fulfilling of the Law.  Justification must be sought elsewhere in order that the conscience may become peaceful.  For we are not righteous before God as long as we flee from God’s judgment and are angry with God.  Therefore, we must conclude that we are counted righteous for Christ’s sake being reconciled by faith.  This is not because of the Law or our works.  Because of faith, beginning to fulfill the law pleases God.  Because of faith, there is no charge that we fulfill the Law imperfectly, even though the sight of our impurity terrifies us….Christ’s death and satisfaction ought to be placed far above our purity, far above the law itself.  This truth ought to be set before us so that we can e sure of this: We have a gracious God because of Christ’s satisfaction and not because of our fulfilling of the Law.

 

Apology of the Augsburg Confession V: 54-57 (Concordia Readers’ Edition)

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