Saturday, May 24, 2008
The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XII Repentance (paragraphs 80-81)--Philip Melanchthon
"The promise, however, is received only through faith. It is necessary for contrite persons to take hold of the promise of the forgiveness of sins granted for Christ's sake through faith and to be confident that they have a reconciled Father freely for Christ's sake. This is Paul's meaning when he says, 'That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed' (Romans 4:16). And 'The Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe' (Galatians 3:22). This means that all are under sin, neither can they be freed except by grasping the promise of the forgiveness of sins through faith."