The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Concerning Christian Liberty by Martin Luther:|
Isaiah, looking to this treasure, predicted, "The consumption
decreed shall overflow with righteousness. For the Lord God of
hosts shall make a consumption, even determined (verbum
abbreviatum et consummans), in the midst of the land" (Isa. x.
22, 23). As if he said, "Faith, which is the brief and complete
fulfilling of the law, will fill those who believe with such
righteousness that they will need nothing else for
justification." Thus, too, Paul says, "For with the heart man
believeth unto righteousness" (Rom. x. 10).
But you ask how it can be the fact that faith alone justifies,
and affords without works so great a treasure of good things,