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59. St. Lawrence said that the poor of the church were the treasures of the church, but he spoke according to the usage of the word in his own time.

Martin Luther seems to have had almost as good a grasp on the writings of the early church fathers as he had of the scriptures. He often quotes from one of them when talking about the teachings of the church. Here he speaks of St. Lawrence who taught that the poor were given to us by God so that the church could spend itself in service to them.

The point of this Thesis was to show that even the Church Fathers could not give us a usable definition of the “treasury of the Church”. So in Luther’s eyes there was nothing that would justify the idea that indulgences could transfer good works from said treasury to those who purchased them.

In Matthew chapter 25 Jesus told about the “Sheep and the Goats” at the end of time. He described those who believed and followed Him as the ones that would be caring for those in need. They would be doing this not to merit “good works” but rather almost unaware of what they had done. Luther feels that we should be doing these types of good works.


Father of Glory, give me the desire to live my life in Your service and Your Spirit to give me the power to live that life. In Christ Amen.