What Are Good Works?

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According to John Mueller, “Good works, according to Holy Scripture, are the fruits of justifying faith…”[1][2]  In other words, good works flow out of and from the saving identity of who we are in Christ.  These works are to be found in the realm of sanctification.  Just as an apple tree produces apples naturally, so the Christian clothed in Christ brings forth the spiritual fruit of good works.  Keep in mind though that these works are not prescriptive for salvation but are descriptive of salvation.

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[1] John T. Mueller, Christian Dogmatics (Concordia Publishing, 1934), 403.
[2] See the following verses for definition support: 1 John 5:4; Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 11:4-39.