Posted by: St. Mark Lutheran Church | May 4, 2009

Quotes from Concord — Law and Gospel

We believe, teach, and confess that the distinction between Law and Gospel is to be kept in the Church with great diligence as a particularly brilliant light.  By this distinction, according to the admonition of St. Paul, God’s Word is rightly divided [2 Timothy 2:15].

We believe, teach, and confess that the Law is properly a divine doctrine [Romans 7:12].  It teaches with is right and pleasing to God, and it rebukes everything that is sin and contrary to God’s will.

For this reason, then, everything that rebukes sin is, and belongs to, the preaching of the Law.

But the Gospel is properly the kind of teaching that shows what a person who has not kept the Law (and therefore is condemned by it) is to believe.  It teaches that Christ has paid for and made satisfaction for all sins [Romans 5:9].  Christ has gained and acquired for an individual — without any of his own merit — forgiveness of sins, righteousness that avails before God, and eternal life [Romans 5:10].

— Epitome of the Formula of Concord, Article V: The Law and the Gospel, paragraphs 2-5, Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, A Reader’s Edition of the Book of Concord.

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