A somewhat surprising aspect of this treatise on the "Means of Grace", a common phrase among Lutherans, is Walther's strong defense of Objective Justification... and its distinction from Subjective Justification. You see there are no Christian doctrines that have their basis apart from the Doctrine of Justification. Lutherans who attempt to defend the teaching on the "Means of Grace" against the Reformed (and erring "Lutherans") apart from Justification are losing their spiritual heritage of the Reformation.
Even for me, reviewing these essays causes my Christian faith to leap for joy... at what God has already done for us... and gives us free gratis. I am so happy to have these online now so that I can review them regularly and be grounded in pure Christian teaching. May the rest of the world, a world already redeemed by Christ, join me and believe the Word.
The next post is Part 12 – "Justification–Faith".