Faith Alone — Stands at the Heart of the Lutheran Teaching of the Gospel.

It is taught among us that we cannot obtain forgiveness of sin and righteousness before God through our merit, work, and satisfactions, but that we receive forgiveness of sins and become righteous before God out of grace for Christ’s sake through faith when we believe that Christ has suffered for us and that for his sake our sin is forgiven and righteousness and eternal life are given to us. For God will regard and reckon this faith as righteousness in his sight, as St. Paul says in Romans 3 [:21-26] and 4[:5]. (AC IV.1-3, 38-39)

Samuel Nafzger comments on this quote from the Augsburg Confession, “It was this insight that sinners are saved ‘through faith alone’ that transformed Luther into the great reformer. The justification of sinners through faith alone — sola fide — stands at the heart of the Lutheran teaching of the gospel.” (“An Introduction to Confessing the Gospel: A Lutheran Approach to Systematic Theology,” by Samuel Nafzger, Concordia Journal Spring 2018, p. 60)

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