The incarnate Son of God glorified the Father by accomplishing the work the Father gave him, the redemption for all mankind. Our earthly callings and the opportunities to show God's mercy to others in need affords us the privilege of glorifying our Father who is in heaven.
We have stated clearly that good works do not fulfill the Law, that we need God's mercy, that through faith we are accepted by God, that good works—even the works of St. Paul himself—cannot bring rest to the conscience. We are to believe that we receive eternal life through Christ by faith, not because of our works. But what do we say of the reward that Scripture mentions? If the adversaries will admit that we are regarded righteous through faith because of Christ, and that good works please God because of faith, we will not afterward argue much about the term reward. We confess that eternal life is a reward; it is something due because of the promise, not because of our merits. For the justification has been promised, which we have previously shown to be properly God's gift. To this gift the promise of eternal life has been added, according to Romans 8:30, "Those whom He justified He also glorified." Paul says, "There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me". The justified are due the crown because of the promise. Saints should know this promise, not that they may labor for their own profit, for they ought to labor for God's glory. But saints should know it so they may not despair in troubles. They should know God's will: He desires to aid, to deliver, and to protect them. (paragraphs 241-243)
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