This treatise, written in 1520, originated as an intended sermon by Luther in his occasional duties as pastor of Wittenberg (where he taught at the University). In part it was instigated by George Spalatin, court preacher of Prince Frederick the Elector of Saxony, and was finally dedicated to the prince's brother. An emphasis on good works and cultivation of morality was always appealing to rulers, but Luther was also responding to concerns and accusations that his doctrine of justification by faith resulted in neglect and devaluing of good works and consequent morality. In this treatise, Luther attempts to describe the essence of good works in terms of faithfully obeying and fulfilling the commandments of God.
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