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De Bonis Operibus.
Of Good Works. BONA opera, quæ sunt fruc- Albeit that Good Works,
tus fidei, et justificatos se which are the fruits of Faith, quuntur quanquam peccata and follow after Justification, nostra expiare, et divini judicii cannot put away our sins, and severitatem ferre non possunt: endure the severity of God's Deo tamen grata sunt, et ac Judgment; yet are they pleascepta in Christo, atque ex vera ing and acceptable to God in et viva fide, necessario pro- Christ, and do spring out fluunt, ut plane ex illis, æque necessarily of a true and lively fides viva cognosci possit, atque Faith; insomuch that by them arbor ex fructu judicari. a lively Faith may be as evi
dently known as a tree discern
ed by the fruit. The Phraseology of this Article.' This Article does not occur among those of 1552. It was added in 1562. When the Latin and English are compared with each other. justificatos sequuntur
follow after justification. expiare
to put away. severitatem ferre
to endure the severity. Divini judicii
of God's judgment. accepta in Christo
acceptable to Godin CHRIST
i Compare with this Article the decisions of the Council of Trent, Sess. vi. c. xvi., also Canons 24, 26, 32.
1. Good works are the fruits of faith.
V. Good works are pleasing and acceptable to God in CHRIST.
insomuch that by them a lively faith may be as evidently known
PROP. I. Good works are the fruits of faith.
What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy
fruit found.”_See also Zech. xii. 10. B. New Testament. Rom. vi. 22, “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have
your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life."-See also Matt. ïïi. 12; vii. 16, 23; xv. 13. Luke vi. 36, 44; vii. 38, 42, 43. John xiii. 35; xv. 2. Acts ii. 41, 42; vüï. 39; xv. 9; xx. 21. Rom. viii. 25; xii. 10-14; xiv. 17; xv. 13. 2 Cor. iv. 13. Gal. v. 6, 22, 23. Ephes. i. l; vi. 16. 1 Thess. i. 3; iii. 6; iv. 9. 2 Thess. i. 3. 1 Tim. i. 5, 19. Tit. iii. 8. Philemon 5, 6. Heb. vii. 18, 19; x. 22-24; xi. 8, 17, 24-26, 32-39. James ii. 17, 18, 20, 21, 26. 1 Pet. ii. 7; v. 9. 2 Pet. i. 5, 6.
1 John ii. 36; iii. 3; v. 4, 5. 2. Human Testimony. A. Fathers. Clement of Rome, Epist. to the Corinthians, c. x.,
“Abraham, who was called the friend (of God,) was found faithful, inasmuch as he obeyed the commands of God.”— See also idem, c. ix. Ignat. Epist. to the Ephes. ce. ix. xiv.; Epist. ad Trall. c. xi. Clem. Alex. Strom. c. ii. p. 445, “Faith is the foundation of love, bringing forth welldoing.” Polycarp, Epist. ad Phil. c. 1. Origen in Rom. i. iv. vol. iv. p. 523. August. Præf. in Ps. cxxxix. init. vol. iv. .
Chrysost. περί πίστεως και εις τον περί Queewç vópov, vol. VI. p. 838.
B. Confessions. 1 Helvetic, Art. xiji. 2 Helvetic, c. xvi.
Basil, Art. viii. Bohemian, c. vii. Gallican, Art. xxii.
Prop. II. Good works follow after justification. 1. Divine Testimony. A. Old Testament. Isa. xxvi. 12, “LORD, Thou wilt ordain
peace for us : for Thou also hast wrought all our works in
.”_See also Isa. lvii. 15. Jer. v. 1. B. New Testament. Heb. xi. 2, “ For by it (faith) the elders
obtained a good report.”—See also Matt. v. 20. Rom. vi. 6; vii. 4; viii. 12; xiii. 10. 2 Cor. ix. 8. Ephes. ii. 10; iv. 1. Phil. i. 11. Col. iii. 12. 2 Thess. ii. 17. 1 Tim. i. 5; vi. 18. Tit. ii. 5; iii. 8, 14.
Tit. ii. 5; iii. 8, 14. Heb. x. 34. James iii. 17. 2. Human Testimony. A. Fathers. Clement of Rome, cc. xxxi. xxxiv., “We are
not justified but by that faith by which Almighty God
De Fide et Operibus, c. iv.
Gallican, Art. xxii. Saxon, Art. vi. Scotland, Art. xii.
Prop. III. Good works cannot put away our sins. 1. Divine Testimony. A. Old Testament. Job xxxv. 5-7, Look unto the heavens,
and see; and behold the clouds, which are higher than thou. If thou sinnest, what doest thou against Him ?
1 Comp. Rhemes on Rom. viii. 18.
or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto Him? If thou be righteous, what givest thou Him ? or what receiveth He of thine hand ? ”-See also Job iv. 17-21; xv. 14, 15. Ps. cxxx. 3; cxlii. 2. Micah
vi. 6, 7. B. New Testament. 1 John i. 7, “But if we walk in the
light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of JESUS CHRIST His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”—See also 1 Cor. iv. 7, 10. Titus üi. 5.
1 John ii. 10; iv. 7. 2. Human Testimony.
Confessions. Basil, Art. viii. Gallican, Art. xxii. Belgic,
Art. xxiv. Wirtemburg, c. vii. Westminster, c. xvi. 9 5. PROP. IV. Good works cannot endure the severity of God's judgment. 1. Divine Testimony. A. Old Testament. Ps. cxxx. 3, If thou, LORD, shouldest
mark iniquities, O LORD, who shall stand ?"-See also
Ps. cxliii. 2. Isa. xxxviii. 13; lxiv. 6. Dan. ix. 18.
gain to me, those I counted loss for CHRIST. Yea doubt-
xvii. 10. Rom, iii. 20; iv. 15; vii. 14. 2. Human Testimony. A. Fathers. August. Confess. lib. IX. c. xiii., “Woe to the
life of man, be it never so commendable, if thou examine it, setting mercy aside."-See also August. in Manual.
c. xxii. Super. Ezek. lib. 1. Hom. vii. in fine. B. Confessions. 2 Helvetic, cc. xii. xvi. Saxon, Art. iii.
Wirtemburg, cc. v. xiv. Augsburg, Art. vi. xx. Westminster, c. xvi. $ 5.
Prop. V. Good works are pleasing and acceptable to God in CHRIST. 1. Divine Testimony. A. Old Testament. 1 Chron. xxix. 17, “I know also, my
God, that Thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in
uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart
Jer. xxxi. 16.
first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving
21. James ii. 14, 26. 1 Pet. i. 15; ii. 5, 20, 21, 24.
2 Pet. i. 5, 11. 1 John ii. 6; iii. 3, 22. 2. Human Testimony. A. Fathers. Clement of Rome, Epist. ad Cor. c. vii.,
“Let us consider what is good, and acceptable, and well
Autol. lib. 11. fin. Hilar. enar, in Ps. cxxxiii. 5.
Basil, Art. viii. Bohemian, c. vii. Belgic, Art. xxiv.
Prop. VI. Good works do spring out necessarily of a true and lively faith; insomuch that by them a lively faith may be as evidently known as a tree discerned by the fruit.