What Makes A Good Work Good?

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More specifically, what makes a good work good?  We learned that a good work can be identified by God’s Law Words.  So does this mean that good works find their source in the Law?  For the Christian, true good works are not sourced in the Law but fruits of the Spirit.[1]  The Formula of Concord[2] correctly teaches that all good works of the Christian flow from: a free spirit, a grateful responsive outpouring of God’s grace and from love towards God.[3]  Good works for the Christian proceed from faith, faith that receives the gospel.  Therefore, we can conclude that what makes a good work truly good is that is flows from faith, “for whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.”[4]  

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[1] Ibid, 406.
[2] See Article IV of the Formula of Concord.
[3] See the following verses: Psalm 110:3, 54:6; Romans 6:18, 7:22-ff; 2 Corinthians 9:7.
[4] See Romans 15:23