Posted by: St. Mark Lutheran Church | November 29, 2009

Quotes from Concord — The Righteousness of Faith

We unanimously believe, teach, and confess the following about the righteousness of faith before God, in accordance with the comprehensive summary of our faith and confession presented above.  A poor sinful person is justified before God, that is, absolved and declared free and exempt from all his sins and from the sentence of well-deserved condemnation, and is adopted into sonship and inheritance of eternal life, without any merit or worth of his own.  This happens without any preceding, present, or subsequent works, out of pure grace, because of the sole merit, complete obedience, bitter suffering, death, and resurrection of our Lord Christ alone.  His obedience is credited to us for righteousness.

These treasures are brought to us by the Holy Spirit in the promise of the Holy Gospel.  Faith alone is the only means through which we lay hold on, accept, apply, and take them for ourselves.

— The Formula of Concord, Solid Declaration, Article III: The Righteousness of Faith (Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions, Reader’s Edition)

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