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Charles Buck Theological Dictionary

Works, Good

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Are those actions which are conformable to truth, justice, or propriety; whether natural, civil, relative, moral, or religious.

The circumstances requisite to a good work are,

1. That it be according to the will of God.

2. That it spring from love to God, 1 Timothy 1:5 .

3. It must be done in faith, Romans 14:23 .

4. It must be done to the glory of God, 1 Corinthians 10:31 . Philippians 1:11 .

The causes of good works are,

1. God himself, Hebrews 13:21 .

2. By union to Christ, Ephesians 2:10 .

3. Through faith, Hebrews 11:4 ; Hebrews 6:1-20 :

4. By the word and Spirit, Luke 8:15 . Is. 3: 3. 2 Timothy 3:16 .

As to the nature and properties of good works,

1. They are imperfect, Ecclesiastes 7:20 . Revelation 3:2 .

2. Not meritorious, Titus 3:5 . Luke 17:10 .

3. Yet found only in the regenerate, Matthew 7:17 .

The necessary uses of good works,

1. They show our gratitude, Psalms 115:12-13 .

2. Are an ornament to our profession, Titus 2:10 .

3. Evidence our regeneration, Job 15:5 .

4. Profitable to others, Titus 3:8 .

See HOLINESS, OBEDIENCE, SANCTIFICATION. Gill's Body of Divinity, book 4: vol. iii; Ridgley's Body of Div. q. 92; Marshall on Sanctification.

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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Works, Good'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. 1802.

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