Smalcald Articles – Part II, Article I: The first and chief article.

1] That Jesus Christour God and Lorddied for our sinsand was raised again for our justificationRom. 4:25.

2] And He alone is the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the worldJohn 1:29; and God has laid upon Him the iniquities of us allIs. 53:6.

3] Likewise: All have sinned and are justified without merit [freelyand without their own works or meritsby His gracethrough the redemption that is in Christ Jesusin His bloodRom. 3:23f

4] Now, since it is necessary to believe this, and it cannot be otherwise acquired or apprehended by any work, law, or merit, it is clear and certain that this faith alone justifies us as St. Paul says, Rom. 3:28For we conclude that a man is justified by faithwithout the deeds of the Law. Likewise 3:26That He might be justand the Justifier of him which believeth in Christ.

5] Of this article nothing can be yielded or surrendered [nor can anything be granted or permitted contrary to the same], even though heaven and earth, and whatever will not abide, should sink to ruin. For there is none other name under heavengiven among men whereby we must be saved, says Peter, Acts 4:12And with His stripes we are healedIs. 53:5. And upon this article all things depend which we teach and practice in opposition to the Pope, the devil, and the [whole] world. Therefore, we must be sure concerning this doctrine, and not doubt; for otherwise all is lost, and the Pope and devil and all things gain the victory and suit over us. 


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