Concordia Theological Monthly

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doctrine, scripture, luther, grace, pieper, revelation, christian, devil

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


There is a third reason why we cannot engage in the development of doctrine. Our time and energies are so completely occupied with the study of the Word of God and the old doctrine of the Church that we have not a moment's time to expend on the business of further developing the doctrine. We read in the Proceedings of the Michigan District, 1897, page 36: "We all need to deepen our understanding of the doctrine. Let no man think that he has fully understood the whole doctrine. In this life we shall never reach that point. We know the doctrine only in part. We have in this life only a piecemeal knowledge of the works of God in creation; much less are we able to gain the full picture of the deep thoughts and wonderful counsels of God displayed in His work of salvation. The doctrine would not be divine if our finite understanding could fully grasp it. . . The Christian will sacrifice everything in order to win this great pearl.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

2 Peter 3:18; Ephesians 1:17; Colossians 1:10; 1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:16; John 3:16; Matthew 5:6; Philippians 3:12; 1 Peter 1:12;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars