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It is the Law!

Luther has said:

“Law, you want to ascend into the realm of conscience and rule there. You want to denounce its sin and take away from the joy of my heart, which I have through faith in Christ. . . . Stay within your limits. . . . You shall not touch my conscience. . . Through the Gospel I have been called to a fellowship of righteousness and eternal life. . . in which my conscience is at peace, where there is no Law but only the forgiveness of sins, peace, quiet, happiness, salvation, and eternal life. . . . In my conscience not the Law will reign, that hard tyrant and cruel disciplinarian, but Christ. . . the King of peace and righteousness, the sweet Savior and Mediator. He will preserve my conscience happy and peaceful . . . in the knowledge of this passive righteousness" (27:11).

Just as what is offered to us is neither the Law nor any of its works but Christ alone, so what is required of us is nothing but faith, which takes hold of Christ and believes that my sin and death are damned and abolished in the death of Christ (26:160).

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