In this section, Walther finishes Thesis 5 where he draws out the opposing Iowa Synod and their attacks on Universal Justification. Walther says:
"Let no one think that we are dealing in this matter with a mere strife about words. No, the most highly important matter is to be held here against attacks and error. Especially in this land of sects and enthusiasts we must earnestly carry on the doctrine of the universal justification..."In the process, he brings to the fore a Swedish Lutheran preacher's teaching. Then Thesis 6 is stated, which begins the topic of the "Means of Grace". But note well, this topic is only begun after the solid foundation of Universal Justification is firmly established.
Sometimes I wonder if I am the only one who "gets" the message of this essay (i.e. the Gospel), but evidently I'm not! ...as a comment came in on Part 7 that caused me to just sit in my chair and rejoice... to just rejoice with another over the greatest news the world will ever receive...
for he said:
And in so far as the whole human race, when it is considered generally and as one person, was at the same time justified together with Him, was it also admitted as a fruit of this justification, into God's covenant of peace, and so the peace which had been lost in Adam was again established between God and men.If this message doesn't give the Christmas season meaning, then nothing will. If there are Swedish or Norwegian readers of this blog, it would pay great dividends to find Nohrborg's book and read it, for undoubtedly most, if not all, of his teaching will build your Christian faith. Oh that I could read the Swedish language because Anders Nohrborg wrote such wonderful tidings in it.
In the next Part 9, ...