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The quote below is from The Book of Concord:  The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.  Lutheran Pastors’ Ordination Vow is in part to teach and preach and administer the Sacraments according to the Confessions as the true exposition of the Word of God.   I hope this helps you to understand the meaning of God’s Word for you. In Christ, Pr. Schroeder, Concordia Lutheran Mission

Faith…is that thing which God declares to be righteousness, and Paul adds that it is imputed freely, and says that it could not be imputed freely, if it were due on account of works. Wherefore he excludes also the merit of moral works [not only Jewish ceremonies, but all other good works]. For if justification before God were due to these, faith would not be imputed for righteousness  without works. And afterwards, 

  • Rom. 4:9For we say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness.
  • Romans 5:1 says: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ., i.e., we have consciences that are tranquil and joyful before God. 
  • Rom. 10:10: For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Here he declares that faith is the righteousness of the heart. 
  • Gal. 2:16: We have believed in Christ Jesus that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the Law. 
  • Eph. 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast. 
  • John 1:12: To them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 
  • John 3:14,15: As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish.  
  • Likewise, 3:17: For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned. 
  • Acts 13:38-39: Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this Man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him all that believe are justified from all things from which ye could not be justified by the Law of Moses.

How could the office of Christ and justification be declared more clearly? The Law, he says, did not justify. Therefore Christ was given, that we may believe that for His sake we are justified. He plainly denies justification to the Law. Hence, for Christ’s sake we are accounted righteous when we believe that God, for His sake, has been reconciled to us.

No merits, ‘spiritualities’, works, decisions, good feelings, right actions can save, cure the soul and make whole a life, justify, that is make us right with God and each other, except faith in Jesus Christ in His atoning work. “How could the office of Christ and justification be declared more clearly?” 

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