The Chief Article of the Christian Faith: Justification
I heard it said recently that the doctrine of justification is not the "chief article" of the faith, but rather that Christ is the "chief article." Such a comment reflects a sad ignorance of titanic proportions about what, precisely, the Lutheran Confessions teach about the doctrine of justification and Christ. The Apology of the Augsburg Confession has a beautiful way of putting it, with the German edition offering a powerful explanation of why the doctrine of Justification is the chief article.
When it is understood correctly, it illumines and amplifies Christ’s honor ‹which is especially useful for the clear, correct understanding of the entire Holy Scriptures, and alone shows the way to the unspeakable treasure and right knowledge of Christ, and alone opens the door to the entire Bible›. It brings necessary and most abundant consolation to devout consciences.
Apology of the Augsburg Confession
Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2006)