By Martin Luther
"Luther's transformational thought of justification via religion on my own 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 new release and ours. Treatise on sturdy works is the second one of an occasional sequence of courses to key Reformation treatises via Martin Luther. aimed toward expanding realizing and curiosity between modern readers, those slender, reasonable volumes characteristic new translations and various worthy features"--Publisher description. Read more...
summary: "Luther's transformational proposal of justification through 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 starting place of excellent works. In doing so he recast the very definitions of 'sacred' and 'secular' either for his personal new release 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 narrow, cheap volumes function new translations and a number important features"--Publisher description
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After Luther was excommunicated and declared an outlaw in the Holy Roman Empire in 1521, Elector Frederick protected Luther and allowed the Reformation to gain a tenuous foothold first in Wittenberg and then throughout his part of Saxony. After four years, however, while the Reformation was still far from established, Elector Frederick died without leaving a child suitable for ruling and Duke John became the new elector. John was firmly committed to Luther and his colleagues and did all he could to ensure the survival and endurance of the Reformation in Saxony and beyond.
They are not good works at all and are wasted to boot. This matter has driven many people mad and made them miserable with anxiety. ”46 7. In such works, faith is still paltry and weak. Let us inquire further. When people suffer bodily affliction or lose their property, reputation, friends, or anything else, do they believe they are still pleasing to God and, whether their suffering and vexation be great or small, that God is still mercifully disposed toward them? In that situation, when all our senses and understanding tell us that God is angry, it is an art to trust in God and to regard oneself as better cared for than it appears.
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. 15:2. 75. Cf. Prov. 24:16.
A Treatise on Good Works by Martin Luther