Wednesday, September 14, 2005

What good works follow justification by faith alone?

Consequently this teaching concerning faith is not to be accused of forbidding good works but is rather to be praised for teaching that good works are to be done and for offering help as to how they may be done. For without faith and without Christ human nature and human strength are much too weak to do good works, call upon God, have patience in suffering, love one’s neighbor, diligently engage in callings which are commanded, render obedience, avoid evil lusts, etc. Such great and genuine works cannot be done without the help of Christ, as he himself says in John 15:5, “Apart from me you can do nothing.”
From Tappert, T. G. (2000, c1959). The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (The Confession of Faith: 2, XX, 35-39). Philadelphia: Fortress Press.


Brad said...

Thanks for the thoughts! If faith is confidence in God then as faith grows it also means confidence in ourselves diminishes. To grow in grace is to grow in faith.

Thursday, September 15, 2005  
DRB said...

Thanks for the comment. There is much more where that came from.

Sunday, October 02, 2005  

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