The Purpose of Good Works

Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.
The Purpose of Good Works
We must do good works, but our confidence must not be built on them, but on Christ's work. We should not attack sin, death, and hell with our works, but send them away from us to the righteous Savior, to the King of Zion, who rides on the donkey. He knows how to treat sin, death, and hell: He kills sin, chokes death, and devours hell. Let that man take care of such matters, and apply your works to your neighbor, so that you have a sure testimony of faith in the Savior who kills death.

From the Church Postil, sermon for Advent 1 on Matthew 21:1-9 (Luther's Works 75:48)
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