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From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession
Concerning Good Works
But we spoke of this entire matter above. Let the reader find evidence there. For the dishonorable treatment of the subject has forced from us the present complaint, rather than a discussion. They are on record as disapproving of our article: that we obtain forgiveness of sins by faith and freely on account of Christ, not because of our works.
Pulling It Together
We confess that for salvation, nothing else needs to be added to faith in Christ, or what is also called belief. Much is said in the record of Scripture about doing good works but never so that one would be justified with God by doing those works. We have said time after time—and will never grow weary of saying it yet one more time—that we cannot earn or merit forgiveness and salvation. These are gifts that God gives to those who believe, not because they paid the price for their sins but because Christ paid the price.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for eternal life through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.
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