"...whoever has faith and works cheerfully is a child; for he has received the Spirit of God trough Christ. Now, the apostle names Christ, referring to the faith that believes and abides in Jesus Christ. No other faith is effective, no other faith is the right faith, let one believe in God as one will. Some there are, particularly among our modern high schoolmen, who say: Forgiveness of sins and justification depend altogether on the divine imputation of grace; God's imputation is sufficient. He to whom God does not reckon sin, is justified; he to whom God reckons sin is not justified.
"Were their theory true the entire New Testament would be of no significance. Christ would have labored foolishly and to no purpose in suffering for sin. God would have unnecessarily wrought mere mockery and deception; for he might easily without Christ's suffering have forgiven sins. Then, too, a faith other than faith in Christ might have justified and saved - a faith relying on God's gracious mercy not to impute sin." [Here I thought how Luther would never have become a "Waltherian" who speaks of some Universal Objective Justification declared by God to the entire world regardless of having faith, or prior to any faith, in Christ.] "In contrast to this deplorable theory and abominable error, it is the apostle's practice to speak always of faith in Jesus Christ, and he makes mention of Jesus Christ with a frequency surprising to one unacquainted with the important doctrine of faith in him. Hence our learned university doctors no longer know Christ..."