By Martin Luther
"Luther's transformational notion of justification by way of 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 fine 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 publications to key Reformation treatises through Martin Luther. geared toward expanding realizing and curiosity between modern readers, those narrow, reasonable volumes function new translations and quite a number worthwhile features"--Publisher description. Read more...
summary: "Luther's transformational thought of justification via 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 via Martin Luther. aimed toward expanding realizing and curiosity between modern readers, those slender, cheap volumes function new translations and various necessary features"--Publisher description
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Berlin: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 1983, 36–131. Von den guten Werken. Edited by Werner Jetter. In Martin Luther Ausgewählte Schriften. Vol. 1, Aufbruch zur Reformation. Edited by Karin Bornkamm and Gerhard Ebeling. 2nd ed. Frankfurt am Main: Insel, 1983, 38–149. On the advice of Spalatin, Luther decided to dedicate the treatise to Duke John, the brother of Luther’s first prince, Elector Frederick of Saxony. 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.
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. They fail to keep this commandment and are in fact guilty of idolatry even though they perform the works of the other commandments and, in addition, pile up prayer to all the saints with fasting, obedience, patience, chastity, and innocence. The chief work will not be there, and without it all the others are nothing but pure glitter and makeup with nothing underneath.
3:31. 7. Urbanus Rhegius, Anzeigung, daß die römische Bulle merklichen Schaden in Gewissen mancher Menschen gebracht und nicht Doctor Luthers Lehre (Augsburg, 1521), C4r–v. The examples of leisure are based on sayings related to Schlaraffenland, an imaginary place found in European fairy tales that was alleged to contain a surplus of everything. Luther also alludes to it. See sec. 2 in “The Seventh Commandment,” below. 8. Official ecclesiastical letters that reduced the amount of penance to be performed in this life and in purgatory.
A Treatise on Good Works by Martin Luther