10 September 2021

Gerhard and Walther

Our life upon earth is nothing more than a constant traveling about and pilgrimage. So then, just as a traveler heartily longs for the destination where he thinks he will once more hope to get some rest, so also we, as spiritually traveling people, should long for our heavenly Fatherland where we shall rest from all our labors.—Johann Gerhard, Schola Pietatis III:418.

Whoever walks in the Spirit still has fleshly desires within him, but he is also empowered to hate sin and fight against it so that it does not gain dominion over him. If someone sins because he wants to, he walks according to the flesh. If someone walks in the Spirit, he, too, commits sin, but this is not what he wants to do and he abhors what he has done.—C. F. W. Walther, God Grant It!, p. 711.

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