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Lessons in the Lutheran Confessions
Concerning Justification, part 44

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Habakkuk 2:1–4

From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession

Concerning Justification 

“The righteous shall live by his faith” (Hab 2:4). He first says that people are justified by faith, by which they believe that God is gracious. Then he adds that this same faith gives life because it produces peace and joy and eternal life in the heart.

Pulling It Together

William Temple said, “If we are traveling heavenward, we are already in heaven.” Our lives have already been transformed in a heavenly way. More than that, we are so assured of eternity with God that eternity has begun in this present life. Because faith in Christ completely reconciles us to God and so entirely assures us of eternal life, we already begin to enjoy the confident peace and joy of heaven.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for your perfect peace. Amen.

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