THE ORDER OF GRACE
Biography by Henrik Hagglund and
Fifteen Sermons by Henric Schartau
S. G. HAGGLUND
AUGUSTANA BOOK CONCERN
Rock Island, Illinois
A Word of Introduction
One of the earliest and clearest memories from my childhood is that of mother reading the Postil of Henric Schartau. After her death I inherited the blessed book and began to read it with new interest. Three years earlier I had, upon my visit to Sweden, met the Rev. L. M. Engstrom, one of the most spiritual pastors in the Church of Sweden and, indeed, one of the most devout of men to be found anywhere or at any time. This honorable divine made the statement that in opinion Schartau was the greatest religious psychologist that the Christian Church has eyer had, excepting neither the reformers nor the church fathers.
This very naturally increased my interest. A few years later I bought the Biography of Henric Schartau by Henrik Hagglund, another of the notable “Church-herds” in the Church of Sweden of to-day. It is need less to say that the name of this author rather interested me, especially as I had heard much good of him and his father many years before. A second and greatly enlarged edition of this Biography was published in the beginning of 1825 as a Centennial Biography, a hundred years after Schartau’s death, Feb. 3, 1825. When I finished this edition, which had quite captivated my interest from beginning to end, I gave expression to my feelings in the following words,
“Schartau was indeed a great man
And a prophet of the Lord.”
The feeling grew upon me that the Lutheran Church of America, and especially those of us who hail from the Church of Sweden, should also commemorate the hundredth anniversary of so great a Lutheran as Schartau was. I first thought of translating “My Mother’s Postil.” And in fact I offered to do so. It seemed to me that such a title should appeal to many who have memories like my own. As an alternative, I offered to translate the above named Biography. The publishers, however, did not see their way to carry out either suggestion, but thought best to make a selection of a few of Schartau’s sermons and to publish these with extracts of Dr. Haggund’s Biography. It is with the approval of my worthy namesake as well as that of the publishers that I am now offering a much smaller volume than first intended.
Schartau is perhaps best known for his studies in the order of grace, “nadens ordning”, as it is called in Swedish, “ordo salutis,” the way of salvation. In fact he made a real contribution to this branch of Christian theology, driving deeply, not only into the Holy Scriptures, but also into human life. Schartau had the gift of a real investigator and systematizer. He therefore speaks with unwavering authority, like one who knows whereof he speaks. We must not then here expect to find the outpourings of sentimentalism, but rather look for dear pronouncements of divine truth. Schartau, like all really great men, grows larger and larger in the proportion that one learns to know him, and I can heartily commend him to the prayerful consideration of every reader.
May I add that I have applied myself to the work prayerfully, hoping that in this way also the Swedish branch or the great Lutheran Church may make somewhat of a distinct contribution to theology and to devotional literature in the English language, to the upbuilding of the Kingdom and to the salvation of souls.
Vasa Church Parsonage, Boston, Mass.,
Henric Schartau – Excerpts of his Biography
1. Christmas Day – God Like One of Us
2. New Years Day – Our Comfort in the Name of the Saviour
3. Second Prayer Sunday – The Grace of God as a Refuge for an Awakened Sinner
4. First Sunday After Epiphany – The Measure of Faith Granted by God as a Criterion of One’s Spiritual Condition
5. Septuagesima – A Great Interchange of Places on the Way to Heaven
6. Quinquagesima – The Great Love of the Saviour as Manifested in His Suffering for Us
7. Midsummer Day – A Few of the Worst Obstacles in the Way of a True Conversion
8. Seventh Sunday after Trinity – Jesus Only
9. Eight Sunday after Trinity – Some Remarkable Differences Between the Way of Salvation and the Way of Destruction
10. Ninth Sunday after Trinity – The First Workings of Grace by which The Holy Spirit seeks to Awaken Confident Sinners to Anxiety for Their Eternal Salvation
11. Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity – The Blessed Passing from Death to Life
12. St Michael’s Day – The Entrance Into the Kingdom of God
13. Third Sunday after Epiphany – A Glorious Comfort for Penitent Sinners
14. Sermon for Magistrates – The Trial and Final Judgment of an Earthly Judge as a weighty Matter for His Consideration in the Performance of His Official Duties
15. Communion Sermon