By Martin Luther
"Luther's transformational concept of justification by way of religion by myself was once 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 iteration and ours. Treatise on strong 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 slender, reasonable volumes function new translations and a variety of invaluable features"--Publisher description. Read more...
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Luther began many of his writings with this word. 12. An official position in the political hierarchy of the Holy Roman Empire held by Duke John’s brother, Elector Frederick the Wise, who was Luther’s overlord until, after his death in 1525, he was succeeded by his brother, John, to whom Luther is dedicating this writing. 13. Fourteen Consolations for Those Who Labor and Are Heavy-Laden, written for and dedicated to the ailing Elector Frederick in August 1519. A German translation was made from Luther’s Latin manuscript by George Spalatin, and both versions were published at Wittenberg in February of 1520, the same month that Spalatin reminded Luther of a promise to write a treatise on good works (LW 42:117–66; WA 6:99–134).
In other words, the Reformation brought Christians freedom from the wrong kind of good works, but they were abusing that freedom by not doing the right kind of good works, those taught in the Ten Commandments. The Treatise on Good Works had already explained that teaching in detail, but without a reminder it would not have been written. That nudge came from George Spalatin, Elector Frederick’s secretary and court chaplain, to whom later, as quoted above, Luther enthusiastically reported on his progress.
Princeton Theological Seminary, 2008), ch. 2. Martin Luther’s Introduction 1. We should know, first of all, that no good works exist other than those that God has commanded, just as there is no sin other than what God has forbidden. Whoever wishes to identify and perform good works needs only to learn God’s commandments. 18 Our knowledge of good works must derive from God’s commandments and not from the appearance, magnitude, or quantity of the deeds themselves, nor from human opinion, laws, or dealings.
A Treatise on Good Works by Martin Luther