The Theology of Luther; In Its Historical Development and Inner Harmony Volume 2

The Theology of Luther; In Its Historical Development and Inner Harmony Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...he was urging many, perhaps the majority, of his hearers to do that which was simply impossible for them--that he was consequently asserting infinitely more than could properly be asserted. When referring to the death of Christ, he alzuays mere/_r ajirms that Christ died for all, although this, if the fruit of His death was absolutely denied to so many, could no longer have any significance. He never, in such connection, indicates any limitation, or reservation, although he might have supported such a limitation by Christ's "for many," not "for all," in Matt. xx. 28 and xxvi. 28. The greatest importance attaches, finally, to the utterances in regard to the nature of Gad as revealing Himself in Christ. In Christ, the Saviour, the Son of love, is the entire God. Here we look into the heart of God; here we see that His very nature is simple and etemal love. Nor can the force of these declarations be at all broken by the reflection, that Luther describes the essenee (Suortanz) of the /zidden God not at all as love, but as power; for love must, in any case, be regarded as existing in the essential God, since He has provided salvation for at least some men. We cannot, therefore, understand the description referred to as a full description of God in His essential character, but only as a designation of that which we find in God when we depend upon our own speculations instead of upon the revealed Word. The two conceptions may, therefore, be harmonized by maintaining that God, who is at all events essentially and fundamentally power, nevertheless, as is however revealed to us only in the Gospel, under the promptings of His heart employs His power only in sincere love. Thus, again, we learn in respect to the majesty of God, more

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  • Paperback | 226 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 413g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236971922
  • 9781236971920