Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Theology (ThD)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

John Johnson

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

Romans 8:30; Galatians 3:24; Colossians 3:14; Romans 8:3,4; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Colossians 2:17; Galatians 4:4; Matthew 19:21; 1 John 5:3; James 1:25; Romans 7:12-25; Philippians 1:19-26; Rommans 13:8-10; Romans 3:21-31; John 15:12; Romans 7:13-24


It is the purpose of this study to investigate how forensic justification, the third use of the Law, and the free will of the regenerate Christian complement one another in Melanchthon's theology. The distinction of Law and Gospel, justification and sanctification, "old man and new man," sin and grace provide the pedagogical framework for this expression of evangelical theology. This study therefore focuses on the fundamental distinction basic to understanding the Scriptures and articulating Christian theology -- the distinction between Law and Gospel. In so doing, it underscores Melanchthon's great and continuing legacy as the pedagogue of the Lutheran reformation. But it also raises the important question of whether Melanchthon in formalizing the theology of the Lutheran church truly conveyed the spirit and insights of Martin Luther, or ossified Luther's prophetic and pastoral dynamic into a propositional theology based on scholastic(Aristotelian) distinctions and humanist presupposition?

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