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"Luther's transformational inspiration of justification through religion on my own used to be 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 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 stable works is the second one of an Read more...

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The double reference of “work” or “good work” also occurs in his explanations of the third and fourth commandments, but after that Luther realizes his sermon has indeed become a book and devotes less space to the last six commandments. His commentary on the last two commandments is compressed into one paragraph. The headings under which the work or works of each commandment are explained are not uniform. ” In many of Luther’s writings, the paragraphs are numbered consecutively throughout the entire treatise.

The answer: Precisely because not all of us have faith or pay attention to it. If everyone had it, we would need no law, for good works would be done by them spontaneously all the time, just as the confidence that belongs to faith would certainly teach them. Now there are many kinds of people. The first sort, just mentioned, need no law. Paul refers to them when he says no law is given to just persons, that is, to those who have faith,64 for they do voluntarily what they know and are able. And they do it alone with firm trust that in all they do God is pleased and his favor hovers over them.

56. Matt. 7:15. 57. Cf. Isa. 9:13. 58. Rom. 1:17; 3:28. 59. Matt. 24:23. 60. John 4:21-23. 61. Isa. 65:3. 62. Cf. Col. 3:17. 63. Cf. Rom. 8:28. 64. Cf. 1 Tim. 1:9-11. 65. 1 Pet. 2:16. 66. Gal. 5:13. 67. Cf. Rom. 13:3-4. 68. Cf. 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.

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