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Luther on Good Works

November 26th, 2007
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"Because you have taken hold of Christ by faith, through whom you
are righteous, you should now go and love God and your neighbor. Call
upon God, give thanks to Him, preach Him, praise Him, confess Him. Do
good to your neighbor, and serve him; do your duty. These are truly
good works, which flow from this faith and joy conceived in the heart
because we have the forgiveness of sins freely through Christ."

Luther, Luther’s Works, 26: 133
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  1. Mike Rose
    November 27th, 2007 at 07:39 | #1

    Something I am confused about concerning the “new creation” that we become when we are converted: Is the old Adam dominant or is the new Adam? My intuition says that the new Adam, since it is of God, should greatly weaken the influence of the old, but when I read the confession, it seems to say that the new Adam exists in “great weakness.”

  2. Mike Rose
    December 1st, 2007 at 11:49 | #2

    Yes. But also very literally, I get the picture from Lutheran theologians that the “old Adam” is so pervasively sown into the fabric of our existence that we should not expect much in the way of growth and that “principles and applications” for living the Christian should not be a part of a Christian sermon.

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