Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article V Love and Fulfilling the Law (paragraphs 17-18, 20)--Philip Melanchthon

"Human nature is far too weak to resist the devil by its own powers. He holds as captive everyone who has not been freed through faith. There is need for Christ's power against the devil. For we know that for Christ's sake we are heard and have the promise. We may pray for the goverance and defense of the Holy Spirit, that we may neither be deceived and err, nor be pushed to to anything agaisnt God's will.

...When forgiveness of sins has been received, then we are truly certain that we have a God (Exodus 20:3), that is, that God cares for us. We call upon Him, we give thanks, we fear Him, we love Him as 1 John 4:19 teaches, 'We love because He first loved us.' In other words, we love Him because He gave His Son for us and forgives us our sins. In this way John shows that faith comes first and love follows."

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