01 March 2021

Gerhard and Walther

Since every deed, word, and thought shall be revealed and brought before judgment on that final Day of Judgment, we should rightly and properly diligently guard ourselves against all those things which we would rather not have made public on that Day before the angels and all mankind. The things we have long forgotten will on that day be exposed.—Johann Gerhard Schola Pietatis I:247, 248.

Many think that once a person has been converted, he is finished with the difficult work of repentance and he can then rest... However, this is an extremely dangerous deception. It is precisely at the point of conversion that the true fight begins in him. When Christ says, ‘Strive to enter through the narrow gate,’ He is referring to the entire progress of the Christian life until death.—C. F. W. Walther, God Grant It!, p. 263.

3 comments:

Unknown said...

“The things we have long forgotten will on that day be exposed.” If we do not remember them, who will? Not God, “…for I will forgive their iniquity and remember their sin no more.”
Peace and Joy!
George A. Marquart

William Weedon said...

I think he had in view our Lord’s words in Lk 12:2,3.

Unknown said...

I suspect that maybe our Lord is not talking about the Day of Judgment in Luke. Gerhard is. As my friends in Odessa say, "Those are two big differences."
George