The first commandment teaches us that God wants us to sincerely trust Him. Yet we must fear Him about everything else. … So the good works required by the first commandment are holy and must be obeyed. But who can live up to them? Certainly no one can completely obey the first commandment. Everyone is a sinner except for Christ. Christ, however, comes to us and says, “I have shed my blood for you. My blood cries out on your behalf.” Out of His grace and kindness, He brings us the forgiveness of our sins at no cost to us whatsoever.
Martin Luther | Faith Alone (p. 210). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
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