While our modern world thinks it knows Luther inside out, Walther turns things around by saying:
Stroke by stroke Luther paints the Christianity of our time. ...Only then is the power of faith right when one feels that he lies completely under the devil, yet knows that he triumphs over him by faith in the Word.How is that for true teaching about our feelings? We can surely feel that we are under the power of the devil, but we cannot feel our way to overcome him, but rather must look away from our feelings to the Word and believe it. This is what the objective Word means... and Luther and Walther bring us to it, and away from our feelings.
Underlining follows Walther's emphasis in original. Hypertext links have been copiously added for reference to original sources and on several subjects. Highlighting is mine.
In contrast to the statement attributed to Prof. David Scaer, that "All Theology Is Christology", Walther attaches the head article of the Christian faith, the doctrine of Justification, to the importance of a proper understanding of the Person of Christ, or "Christology":
The Reformed sects also overturn the doctrine of justification by their false doctrine on the person of Christ according to Zwingli’s shameful example.... So is it also for us the main thing that the One who died for us is true God.Now we have the true sword of the Spirit against the errors of the Reformed on Christology, and don't leave the teaching of the Person of Christ ("Christology") hanging on its own... it has to do with the question of "So what?".
In the next Part 31...