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What Luther Says about How Sins Are Forgiven

“Sins are not forgiven because of application to works; they are forgiven when I call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ because I believe that He is the expiation for our sins. This is the truth. But the devil does not let us remain on this road. He immediately brings up our works. Therefore let no one cleave to his own works. It is our nature to say: ‘I have sinned with a deed. Therefore I shall make expiation with a deed.’ The devil, who strengthens our error, is present. One must attack this sin with the promise that sins are remitted for His name’s sake, as Ps. 25:11 says” (LW 30:245).


Quotation from Luther’s Works is from the American Edition: vol. 30 © 1967 by Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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Mason Vieth

Mason Vieth is a recent graduate of Concordia University Chicago and is currently a first-year student at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He interned in the professional and academic editorial department at Concordia Publishing House in the summer of 2017. Some of the projects he worked on include Who Was Martin Luther?, CPH’s Academic Blog, as well as other academic and professional resources.

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