C.F.W. Walther. TENTH EVENING LECTURE. (November 28, ) The most important resolution a person can make by the almighty grace of God is to. Walther’s Theses on Law and Gospel. Thesis I: The doctrinal contents of all Holy Scripture, both of the Old and the New. Testament, consist of two doctrines that. The second part of my paper will cover his teaching on Law and Gospel. C.F.W. Walther is arguably the most important theologian the Lutheran.

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Walther believed… “that to build his doctrine on the organic foundation of Scripture and to employ the terminology and frame of thought of Lutheran fathers was a mark of a good dogmatician.

In the tenth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when faith is required as a condition of justification and salvation, as if a person were righteous in the sight of God and saved, not only by faith, but also on waalther of his faith, for the sake of his faith, and in view of his faith. In our modern era, it is hard to read those strong words. Here is where Luther reveals his true greatness.

Just as all Israel triumphed when David defeated Goliath, so all humanity triumphed when Jesus defeated sin, death and Hell. Rather it is something, which has been achieved by Christ objectively, apart from any participation on the part of man, and in no way dependent upon man’s faith. A couple events in the life of Walther served to direct him away from the influence of Pietism toward orthodox Lutheranism and the first of these had a dramatic impact on his later understanding and teaching regarding the distinction between Law and Gospel.

Be the first one to write a review. I will give simply those details that provide understanding of the person of Walther and his theological development. At this very difficult time God used C. From September 12, through November 6,C. The author really drives home the love God has for every one of us as His children.

Law and Gospel: How to Read and Apply the Bible

Please try again later. It has helped me to understand the meanings in scriptures much better. It is adopted, for instance, by Papists, Socinians, and Rationalists, and consists in this, that Christ is represented as a wlther Moses, or Lawgiver, and the Gospel turned into a doctrine of meritorious works, while at the same time those who teach that the Gospel is the message of the free grace of God in Christ are condemned and anathematized, as is done by the papists.


It is a damnable sin – but you have been forgiven. One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Thus, he wrote extensively on church and ministry, predestination, justification, Scripture and many other topics. Luther’s clear distinction between the Law and the Gospel served to lift Walther out of his spiritual depression. It is an offense against God – but you have been forgiven.

Walther’s Law and Gospel Theses

A Source of Light for the Christian Life. This man rejected the rationalistic approach to Scripture so common in Saxony at the time, embraced the spirit of the Erweckungsbewegung and proclaimed the Gospel clearly to the members of his congregation. The Law must be preached. His writings were prolific.

Rightly distinguishing the Law and the Gospel is the most difficult and the highest art of An in general and of theologians in particular. Walther himself was not ashamed to be seen as one who was dependent on Luther.

In the nineteenth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when an attempt is made by means of the demands or the threats or the promises of the Law to induce the unregenerate to put kaw their wather and engage in good works and thus become godly; on the other hand, when an endeavor is made, by means of the commands of the Law rather than by the admonitions of the Gospel, to urge the regenerate to do good. And only the one with faith has these things.

Faith is pure receptivity. In the sixth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when the preacher describes faith in a manner as if qalther mere inert acceptance of truths, even while a person is living in mortal sins, renders that person righteous in the sight of God and saves him; or as if faith makes a person righteous and saves him for the reason that it produces in him love and reformation of his mode of living.


I am firmly convinced that only the Bible can be a fountain of pure Christian doctrine. The ninth thesis reads, In the fifth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when sinners who have been struck down and terrified by the Law are directed, not to the Word and the Sacraments, but to their own prayers and wrestlings with God in order that they may win their way into a state of grace; in other words, when they are told to keep on praying and struggling until they feel that God has received them into grace.

His father, grandfather and great grandfather had all been pastors. In the eighth place, the Word of God is not rightly divided when the preacher represents contrition alongside of faith as a cause of the forgiveness of sin. These are the Gospel and the Sacraments.

The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel

He is already reconciled unto God. My predecessor at Concordia Historical Institute used to call him Luther’s archivist. When they arrived, many had difficulty providing for their own physical needs, while Stephan provided himself with many luxuries and a well stocked wine cellar.

Read Walther’s lectures like no one has since he originally spoke them: It was in reading Luther that Walther heard the clear voice of the Gospel as Luther’s teaching on justification made a strong impression on him. The good thing for the edition is that it does not boast a copyright statement and its from Since God has been reconciled to you by Jesus Lsw, grasp the hand which the Father in heaven holds out to you.

In the former view, faith is the meritorious, in the latter, the instrumental cause. Discount off of retail price of product.