Golden Theology from Johann Gerhard

Just got this note from the assistant editor of the forthcoming Gerhard volume On Justification, part of the English translation of his Theological Commonplaces being produced by CPH. A straight forward and much needed statement of the difference between justification and sanctification, or as Gerhard has it here, between regeneration and renewal. When this volume hits the shelves in 2018 it will be a must to own it!

 Regeneration properly so called, which includes the remission of sins, the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, passing from the state of wrath to the state of grace, the adoption of sons, and the right of eternal life, does not admit degrees as does actual carnal generation. But renewal does admit degrees, because the inner man is renewed from day to day (2 Cor. 4:16); and the renewed are commanded to be renewed in the spirit of their mind (Eph. 4:23) and to perfect their sanctification (2 Cor. 7:1).

(5) For the remission of sins is one thing. It is the work of God alone and does not admit degrees. Therefore it happens perfectly in justification. The mortification of sin is another thing. It is not absolutely the work of God alone but is partly ours as well to the extent that the reborn, gifted as they are with new powers from the Holy Spirit, are co-workers with God in the mortification of sin. This mortification does admit degrees, for some reborn mortify sin more and some less; in fact the same reborn people at different times mortify sin more and less. This mortification and renewal is not completed in a moment but has its own grades and increments. “The inner man is renewed from day to day,” (2 Cor. 4:16).

If you are interested in obtaining such treasure for yourself or your pastor, go to Concordia Publishing House for their existing volumes.


About Pastor Joshua Scheer

Pastor Joshua Scheer is the Senior Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He is also the Editor-in-chief of Brothers of John the Steadfast. He oversees all of the work done by Steadfast Lutherans. He is a regular host of Concord Matters on KFUO. Pastor Scheer and his lovely wife Holly (who writes and manages the Katie Luther Sisters) have four children and enjoy living in Wyoming.


Golden Theology from Johann Gerhard — 4 Comments

  1. It should be noted that these translations of Gerhard are the work of the sainted Rev. Dr. Richard J. Dinda, who was translated to the church triumphant Feb. 28 of this year. “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!””Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”

  2. Rav. Dinda was a remarkable person. He came to Concordia, Austin, in 1952 and spent his entire career and retirement there. All his students were blessed to have him. Did he actually get a doctorate? I thought he was known for his versatility in getting Master’s in different fields.

  3. He held three earned masters degrees and an honorary doctorate from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

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