GHansen Posted February 3 Share Posted February 3 [Melanchthon's 1521 edition of the "Commonplaces of Theology" is the earliest systematic theology of the Reformation] "Luther's little book "Christian Liberty" is at hand. He who wishes can seek from it further commendations of faith. However, I am of the opinion that the power of faith will be more clearly learned from Scriptural examples. In Genesis 15: 1, God promises Abraham his mercy in these magnificent words: " Fear not, Abraham, I am thy protector and thy exceeding great reward." A little later he promises him posterity. Then follows the word: "Abraham believed God and it was imputed unto him for righteousness." What did Abraham believe? Nothing but that God exists? Nay rather he believed the promise of God and then declared that faith by an illustrious example, as when he would have sacrificed his son nothing doubting but that God would have given him posterity, even though his son were slain. Now since faith is to give assent to the word of God, what Abraham really believed is made clear enough from the promise when God adds that he is Abraham's protector. Therefore, they believe who consider God as a protector, a father, and not only as a judge." Melanchthon, Philip and Charles L. Hill. The Loci Communes of Philip Melanchthon, 179. Eugene: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2007. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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