Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article V Love and Fulfilling the Law (paragraphs 43-44)--Philip Melanchthon

"If the regenerate afterward think that they will be accepted because of the fulfilling of the Law, when would a conscience be certain that it pleased God! We never satisfy the Law! So we must always run back to the promise. Our infirmity must be recognized in this matter. We must regard it as certain that we are counted righteous for the sake of Christ, 'who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us' (Romans 8:34). If anyone thinks he is righteous and accepted because of his own fulfillment of the Law, and not because of Christ's promise, he dishonors this High Priest. This cannot be understood. How could someone imagine that a person is righteous before God when Christ is excluded as the Atoning Sacrifice and Mediator?"

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