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A Treatise on Good Works by Martin Luther

By Martin Luther

"Luther's transformational inspiration of justification by means of religion by myself was once usually misunderstood and misrepresented within the early years of the Reformation. In 1520, together with his Wittenberg congregation in brain, Luther got down to make clear the biblical starting place of excellent works. In doing so he recast the very definitions of 'sacred' and 'secular' either for his personal iteration and ours. Treatise on solid works is the second one of an Read more...

summary: "Luther's transformational suggestion of justification via religion by myself used to be frequently misunderstood and misrepresented within the early years of the Reformation. In 1520, together with his Wittenberg congregation in brain, Luther got down to make clear the biblical origin of fine works. In doing so he recast the very definitions of 'sacred' and 'secular' either for his personal iteration and ours. Treatise on stable works is the second one of an occasional sequence of publications to key Reformation treatises via Martin Luther. aimed toward expanding figuring out and curiosity between modern readers, those narrow, cheap volumes function new translations and a number of worthwhile features"--Publisher description

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Now they are trapped and must proceed with heavy hearts and without enthusiasm, half despairing, and as often as not they end up acting the fool. Christians, therefore, who live with this confidence in God, know all things,41 are able to do all things, trust themselves to do what is needed, and do it all joyfully and freely, not in order to accumulate meritorious deeds but in order to fulfill their desire to please God in this way. For them to serve God sincerely and without return, it suffices that God is pleased.

See now why I exalt faith so highly and embrace all works within it and reject all works that do not flow from faith. 4. All people are able to tell whether or not what they do is good. If their hearts are confident that their work is pleasing to God, then it is good even if it were something as trivial as picking up a straw. ”29 We are called believers in Christ on the basis of faith as the chief work and not on the basis of other works, which can also be done by unbelievers, Jews, Turks,30 and sinners.

Cf. Rom. 13:3-4. 68. Cf. Rom. 14:1. 69. 1 Cor. 9:20. 70. Matt. 17:24-27. In v. 27, Luther uses the word pfennig for the coin. In the sixteenth century, the coin would have been worth more than a modern German pfennig before the euro replaced the German mark. 71. Matt. 15:14. 72. In the early church, murder, adultery, and apostasy were considered mortal sins. The seven deadly sins of the Middle Ages were wrath, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy, and gluttony. 73. 1 John 2:1-2. 74. Cf. Wisd. of Sol.

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