Now that we finished reading Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation, we will examine 25 theses presented by C.F.W. Walther, a prominent theologian of the 19th century. These theses derive from Walther’s Friday evening ‘Luther Hour’ lectures, delivered at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, from Sept. 12, 1864, to Nov. 6, 1885. (Hey, I am going back there soon!!) They represent perhaps Walther’s greatest and most well-known contribution to the church. Here is number one.
“The doctrinal contents of the entire Holy Scriptures, both of the Old and the New Testament, are made up of two doctrines differing fundamentally from each other, viz., the Law and the Gospel” (C.F.W Walther, The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel reproduced from the German edition of 1897 by W.H.T. Dau (St. Louis: Concordia, 1986), 1).