For me what is before the colon and after the colon are not synonymous.
Morning, Nic--thanks for your reply.
You asked for a meaning--I offered Merriam Webster. Other dictionary definitions are similar.
Nic--the Lutherans have their own created meanings and definitions. In certain areas--those constructed meanings do not follow standard meanings, and certainly not the Biblical testimony.
Works, acts, deeds are not essential to be saved period to that point.
That is a claim the Lutherans follow--but not the Biblical text:
1 John 1:7---King James Version
7 But if we walk in the light
, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
How do you explain that?
Do you not understand the expression and understanding of theology not unlike law is poignantly specific in these categories?
I understand the Lutherans make up their own rules.
The Biblical witness does not follow their rules.
Excluding all works from obtaining salvation is nothing less than salvation through dead faith--and that's my point, IE--Lutheran theology has one saved through dead faith:
James 2:18-26---King James Version
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.