“The Gospel is more than words. It is the dynamic, saving action of God in Christ Jesus through any of its various forms: Word or Sacrament. The Gospel is more than words, but it is still words—words about the Word made flesh for us, words that convey the Word made flesh to us. Is the Gospel just words? Hardly! But it is words nonetheless. It is words that convey and bestow the justification of God on sinners, apart from works of the law, by grace…through faith…Is the Gospel just words? No! Never just words. Rather, words that make us just” (Jacob Preus, Just Words, 9, 11; emphasis mine).