By Martin Luther
"Luther's transformational thought of justification via religion on my own used to be 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 reliable works is the second one of an occasional sequence of courses to key Reformation treatises through Martin Luther. aimed toward expanding figuring out and curiosity between modern readers, those narrow, cheap volumes characteristic new translations and quite a number worthy features"--Publisher description. Read more...
summary: "Luther's transformational suggestion of justification through religion by myself was once frequently misunderstood and misrepresented within the early years of the Reformation. In 1520, along with his Wittenberg congregation in brain, Luther got down to make clear the biblical beginning 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 occasional sequence of courses to key Reformation treatises through Martin Luther. aimed toward expanding realizing and curiosity between modern readers, those slender, reasonable volumes function new translations and a variety of priceless features"--Publisher description
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Like all other works, this one cannot be accomplished without faith, and if attempted without it, the result is pure hypocrisy and pretense. After having faith, we can do nothing greater than to praise and honor God and to extol, preach, and sing his name, magnifying it in every way we can. I said above that no differences exist among works in which faith is present and active, but that holds true only when those works are measured against faith and its work. If, however, works are compared with one another, then differences do exist and one is greater than another.
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. Resolute trust, however, that God is pleased with them is possible only for Christians who have been enlightened and fortified by grace. Speaking this way seems strange, and I have been called a heretic by those who adhere to blind reason and pagan ways of thinking. They have not set faith above other virtues but on the same level with them and assigned to faith its own work, which is then isolated from the works of other virtues.
Matt. 19:17. 18. Matt. 19:16-19. The First Good Work “You shall have no other gods before me”19 2. The foremost and noblest good work is faith in Christ, just as he himself said when the Jews asked him what they should do in order to perform good and godly works. ”20 Now when we hear that or preach it, we pass right over it, thinking it is a small thing that is easy to do. We should, however, pause there a long time and ponder it in depth; for all good works have to be included in this one and benefit from its goodness as something received from another source.
A Treatise on Good Works by Martin Luther