The Doctrine Of The Work
Based On Luthardt And Krauth
Revere Franklin Weidner, D.D., LL.D.
Professor of Theology in the Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary at Maywood, 111.
Wartburg Publishing House
We now come to the most practical of all the different parts of doctrine and to that which has most to do with our daily life. It treats of the Work of the Holy Spirit, or The Order of the Work of Grace, or of the manner and order in which as individuals we grow in grace as members of the Kingdom of God. We have sought to make clear from Scripture the way in which God seeks to draw to Himself through Christ every individual soul, and lead him finally by His grace to eternal glory. We have expounded the various Works of Grace in their logical order, Calling, Illumination, Regeneration, Conversion, including Repentance and Faith, Justification, Mystical Union, Sanctification and Good Works, and have tried to explain all questions that would arise. In our discussion we have taken Regeneration in its narrow sense, as the beginning of the New Life, not in its broad sense as meaning the same as Conversion, including Repentance and Faith, and we have carefully explained in what sense and why the Lutheran Church teaches the Baptismal Regeneration of Infants. This work has not been written “with a running pen,” but is the outgrowth of thirty-five years of lectures and discussions of the class room, and the continued study of Scripture passages bearing on the subject. It has been the indirect means, by the grace of God of developing more richly the inner and spiritual life of the writer, in that it has brought out the rich treasures of God’s Word in more direct bearing upon his heart and soul, and though the book has been especially prepared for students of theology and the younger clergy, still much of it is of such a devotional character, that we hope all intelligent Christians seeking for guidance in the teaching of God’s Word will find much that will be of the greatest help to them in their Christian life.
The table of contents gives a clear indication of the fulness of the discussion, and the Examination Questions and the Index, at the close of the volume, has been prepared to be of special service to students in reviewing and in preparing the subject for examination.
R. F. WEIDNER
I. THE GRACE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
II. CALLING OR VOCATION
IV. REGENERATION IN ITS NARROW SENSE.
IX. THE MYSTICAL UNION AND ADOPTION
X. RENOVATION, SANCTIFICATION AND GOOD WORKS.