Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Article XX Good Works (paragraph 87)--Philip Melanchthon

"As the saying goes, at the top of his voice, Paul cries out that sins are freely forgiven for Christ's sake. 'It depends on faith,' he says, 'in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed' (Romans 4:16; see also Romans 3:24-25). If the promise were to depend upon our works, it would not be sure. If forgiveness of sins were to be given because of our works, when would we know that we had received it? When would a terrified conscience find a work that it would consider good enough to reconcile God's anger?"

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