By Martin Luther
"Luther's transformational thought of justification via religion on my own 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 fine 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 courses to key Reformation treatises by means of Martin Luther. geared toward expanding figuring out and curiosity between modern readers, those narrow, cheap volumes function new translations and quite a number worthy features"--Publisher description. Read more...
summary: "Luther's transformational inspiration of justification by way of religion on my own 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 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 stable works is the second one of an occasional sequence of courses 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 variety of important features"--Publisher description
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Before the end of the year, the treatise had been reprinted eight times, and another six reprints appeared in 1521. That same year, a Latin translation was published in Leipzig and then reprinted in Wittenberg. It was followed by translations into other languages: English, French, Dutch, and Low German, a dialect that resembled Dutch and was spoken in northern Germany. Some books refer to the treatise as the Sermon on Good Works, presumably because it started as a sermon and because the title of at least one edition claimed that it had been preached.
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27 If that is true, then everything they do must be good, or the evil they do must be quickly forgiven. 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.
A Treatise on Good Works by Martin Luther