Tuesday With Luther

In this video I walk through one of Luther’s sermons on John 20:19-31. In this sermon Luther makes a distinction between the Holy Spirit given to the individual and the Holy Spirit given to the Office of Preaching. The sermon can be found in Luther’s Works Volume 69. These are the sermons on the Gospel according to St. John. I would encourage everyone who doesn’t own this volume to purchase it and read all the sermons. Peace be with ya’ll.







About Pastor Chris Hull

Chris Hull is the Senior Pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tomball,Texas. He was married to Allison Desiree Monk on June 3rd, 2006. They have been blessed with four boys, Lochlann Richard Patrick, Eamonn Julius Luther, Tiernann Thomas Walther, and Jamesonn Frederick Flacius. Pastor Hull graduated from Concordia University in River Forest, Il in 2006. He received his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 2010. He is currently in the STM program at CTSFW.


Tuesday With Luther — 3 Comments

  1. I would much prefer to have the written text, so that I can be certain of the content of the sermon. Therefore, I will address just one issue: the matter of the Holy Spirit and faith leaving David, as Luther preached in the sermon referred to in this one, and as our Confessions assert. This is not true! There is no scriptural foundation for the Holy Spirit and faith leaving David and returning, and our very relationship to God in His Kingdom are affected by this falsehood.
    1 Samuel 16:13, “…and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.” In the next verse we read how the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul. There is no such verse about David anywhere in Scripture.
    We know that toward the end of his life, David’s son Samuel committed some atrocious sins. Nevertheless, this is what God says to David in the “Davidic Covenant”, 2 Samuel 7:15, “But I shall not take my steadfast love from him (or, my steadfast love will not depart from him) as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you.” This does not mean that God approves sin, or tolerates it. It does mean that His steadfast love, faith and the Holy Spirit remained with David and Solomon in spite of their grievous sins. That is the nature of grace. If it were not so, none of us could be saved.
    The superscript to Psalm 51 reads, “A Psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.” During their meeting, Nathan revealed the whole sordid story of David’s adultery and murder, and David confesses his sin. Nathan says to him, 2 Samuel 12:13, “Now the Lord has put away your sin; you shall not die.” David apparently wrote this Psalm right after these events, and he included the words, Psalm 51:11, “Do not take your Holy Spirit from me.” If the Holy Spirit had been taken away from David, surely it was an important enough matter for Scripture to have mentioned it as it does about Saul and the possibility of that happening to Solomon. Was not David more important than both of these? Surely Scripture would tell us if the Holy Spirit had been taken away and given back. But it does not, so it is simply human speculation, contrary to the will and action of God, to insist that it happened. Nor does Scripture tell us of any person from whom the Holy Spirit was ever taken away and returned.
    We are going to have to come to grips with the idea that God’s notion of justice and mercy is very different from that of people, even though ours sometimes seems more correct.
    If anyone is going to respond to this, please do not urge me to get counseling from my pastor, or ask me irrelevant questions about my beliefs. Just address the matter of David and the Holy Spirit and faith.
    Peace and Joy!
    George A. Marquart

  2. Here are the translated texts of four sermons by Martin Luther for the First Sunday after Easter based on John 20:19-31. There come from Sermons by Martin Luther, Vol. 2 (Edited by John Nicholas Lenker, Minneapolis: Lutherans in All Lands, 1906):

    1. “Jesus Appears to His Disciples, or the Nature, Fruit, and Power of Faith” (German text: Erlangen edition vol. 2, 324; Walch edition vol. 2, 989; St. Louis edition vol. 2, 724) (pp. 300-310).

    2. “Of True Piety, the Law and Faith, and Love to our Neighbor” (preached by Luther in 1522 at Borna, German text: Erlangen edition vol. II, 335; Walch edition vol. II, 1003; St. Louis edition vol. II, 734) (pp. 311-323).

    3. “The Fruit of Christ’s Resurrection and the Office of the Keys Christ Exercised” (preached by Luther in 1540 in Dessau, German text: Erlangen edition vol. II, 350; Walch edition vol. II, 1022; St. Louis edition vol. II, 748) (pp. 324-344).

    4. “Thomas Saved from His Unbelief” (German text: Erlangen edition vol. II, 376; Walch edition vol. II, 1052; St. Louis edition vol. II, 770) (pp. 345-355).

  3. Presenter: “The Holy Spirit does not follow you into transgression.” (03:52 in the video)

    — “Where shall I go from your Spirit?” (Psalm 139:7 ESV)
    — God has “given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee” (2 Cor. 1:22 ESV)
    — “You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit…” (Romans 8:9-11)

    The Spirit comes because of God’s grace in Christ. True faith trusts in the grace of God but does not presume upon it. “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (Eph. 4:30 ESV)

    “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10 ESV)

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