By Martin Luther
"Luther's transformational concept of justification via religion by myself was once usually 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 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 sturdy works is the second one of an occasional sequence of publications to key Reformation treatises by way of Martin Luther. aimed toward expanding realizing and curiosity between modern readers, those slender, reasonable volumes characteristic new translations and a number useful features"--Publisher description. Read more...
summary: "Luther's transformational suggestion of justification through religion on my own used to be 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 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. geared toward expanding realizing and curiosity between modern readers, those narrow, reasonable volumes function new translations and a number of necessary features"--Publisher description
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John 6:28-29. 21. Luther refers here to medieval scholastic theologians who discussed whether or not believers could be certain of having saving grace. 22. Eccl. 9:7-9. 23. John 8:29. 24. 1 John 3:19-22. 25. 1 John 3:9. 26. Ps. 34:22. 27. Ps. 2:11. 28. 1 Cor. 13:3. 29. Rom. 14:23. 30. Luther’s term for adherents of Islam, who were familiar to sixteenth-century Europeans primarily as Muslims from the Ottoman Turkish Empire. 31. For medieval theologians, the term habitus referred to a disposition of the soul created by grace and containing the virtues faith, hope, and love.
Open the mouth of the first fish that comes up, and you will find there a penny. ”70 Here we see that a Christian is free through faith and not bound to any work or anything else. Since others, however, do not yet believe, Christians take upon themselves and observe that which the others are not obligated to do. Christians do it freely because they are certain that it pleases God; they do it with pleasure, assume it freely like any other work that has presented itself without having been chosen.
In fact, rightly considered, love should be first or at least on the same level with faith. I cannot trust God without believing that he is favorably inclined toward me. As a consequence, I am favorably inclined toward God and moved to trust him from the heart and rely upon him for everything good. 10. Now consider all those who do not trust God at every moment and expect divine favor and grace in all their working or suffering, living or dying, but instead look for those things elsewhere or from themselves.
A Treatise on Good Works by Martin Luther