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"And on this account let no one boast of works, because no one is justified by his deeds. But he who is righteous has it given him because he was justified after the laver [of Baptism]. Faith, therefore, is that which frees through the blood of Christ, because he is blessed "whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered," Ps. 32:1"
For me, Christ died for the sins of the world. Yes, behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world! This is the work of Christ, our Redeemer. The Holy Spirit, our Sanctifier, gives us faith through the Means of Grace, and the blessing of faith is forgiveness of sins. We confess this in the Apostles' Creed. And the Lutheran Confessions are consistent in all parts, and consistent with the Holy Scripture.
If one sets his mind to look for contradictions, one can find them, whether in the Lutheran Confessions or in the Holy Scripture. But that doesn't mean the contradictions are there. Contradictions exist in the attitude of one's mind, not in the reality of God's Word. To add or take away from God's Word, and the Lutheran Confessions that reflect the truths of God's Word, is imposing man's will over God's, something we dare not do.
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Pastoral Theology, by CFW Walther.