Therefore, to men
justified in this manner, whether they have preserved
uninterruptedly the grace received or recovered it when lost, are to be
pointed out the words of the Apostle: "Abound in every
good work, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. For
God is not unjust, that he should forget your work, and the love
which you have shown in his name"; and "Do not lose
confidence, which hath a great reward." Hence, to those who work well "unto the
end" and trust in God, eternal life is to be offered, both as a grace mercifully promised to the sons of
God through Christ Jesus, and as a reward promised by God himself, to be faithfully
given to their good works and merits.
The Council also
reiterated the relationship of good works to man justified by faith.