Our Reformation Heritage

In our worship services during August, we memorized this statement

Justification by grace through faith in Jesus Christ

To refresh our memory, here are some references for the importance of that statement.

Romans 3:20–26 (REB)

For no human being can be justified in the sight of God by keeping the law: law brings only the consciousness of sin. But now, quite independently of law, though with the law and the prophets bearing witness to it, the righteousness of God has been made known; it is effective through faith in Christ for all who have such faith—all, without distinction. For all alike have sinned, and are deprived of the divine glory; and all are justified by God’s free grace alone, through his act of liberation in the person of Christ Jesus. For God designed him to be the means of expiating sin by his death, effective through faith. God meant by this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had overlooked the sins of the past—to demonstrate his justice now in the present, showing that he is himself just and also justifies anyone who puts his faith in Jesus.

Ephesians 2:8–9 (ESV)

For by grace you have been saved athrough faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

As Christians who confess the faith as Lutherans, we have a very clear statement in the Augsburg Confession, presented in 1530 to the Holy Roman Emperor and his court. Notice how timeless and timely such a confession of the faith is.

Article IV Justification, Augsburg Confession

Our churches teach that people cannot be justified before God by their own strength, merits, or works. People are freely justified for Christ’s sake, through faith, when they believe that they are received into favor and that their sins are forgiven for Christ’s sake. By His death, Christ made satisfaction for our sins. God counts this faith for righteousness in His sight (Romans 3 and 4 [3:21–26; 4:5]).

Article IV Justification, Augsburg Confession, Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, p.33.

May we stand firm on this statement of faith.


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