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In fact, this is how self-justification works. Self-justification is the attempt to cancel law-breaking with law-keeping.

In civil courts and in human judgment, issues about rights or debts are certain, and mercy is uncertain. But the matter is different in God's judgment. Here mercy has a clear and certain promise and command from God. (Apology to the Augsburg Confession, III, 224).

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1 [ Back ] Augsburg Confession, Article XX.
2 [ Back ] George Meisinger, "Grace and Justification," Chafer Theological Seminary Journal, vol. 5, no. 1, March 1999, p. 29.
3 [ Back ] Martin Luther, Career of the Reformer, IV, vol. 34, Luther's Works, eds. Helmut T. Lehmann and Lewis W. Spitz (St. Louis: Concordia, 1960), pp. 336-337.
4 [ Back ] Martin Luther, The Large Catechism, I.22-23.
5 [ Back ] Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians (1535), trans. Theodore Graebner (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1949), p. 142.
6 [ Back ] George Meisinger, "Grace and Justification," Chafer Theological Seminary Journal, vol. 5, no.1, March 1999, pp. 47-48.

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Issue: "The Art of Self-Justification" Sept./Oct. 2007 Vol. 16 No. 5 Page number(s): 31-34

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