The sermons on John show the intrinsic, close, and causal link between doctrine and consolation. They are an exercise of his vocation as a pastor, or more precisely, as a theologian of the cross who seeks to inculcate the good news of justification by faith in his people, leading them to experience it within the dialectic of law and gospel. St. John, said Luther, ""is the master in the article of justification."" Luther's theological method, namely, his theology of the cross, permeates and governs the exposition of the text, and all major themes of his theology-- Christology, Trinity, and soteriology--appear in his exegesis of John.
""With a sure ear for the nuances of Luther's engagement with the text of his favorite gospel and for the questions of our own time, Ngien again renders the Reformer's interpretation of Scripture understandable and relevant for modern readers. His special combination of keen-sighted theological analysis of Luther's faith and a sensitive meditative application of his insights gained from the evangelist John's depiction and confession of Christ permits both the evangelist and the Reformer to speak directly to twenty-first-century faith and life.""
--Robert Kolb, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis
""John was Martin Luther's favorite gospel because he believed that it provided a clear pathway into the very heart of God. Dennis Ngien has given us here a major study of Luther's sermons on this great New Testament text. The whole scope of Luther's theology is evident in these sermons and they bear close study and reflection.""
--Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
""What could possibly be of greater import for the Christian believer than to contemplate the salvific grace extended to us at Calvary? As a grateful recipient of this grace and as a lover of Martin Luther, Dr. Ngien has taken the time to meditate, marinate, and mediate Luther's theology of the cross to us with the greatest care. And as a true 'insider' in the world of Lutheran studies, he has done a masterful job.""
--Granville McKenzie, Senior Pastor, Faith Sanctuary, Toronto
Dennis Ngien is Professor of Systematic Theology at Tyndale University College & Seminary, Toronto, and Research Professor at Wycliffe College, University of Toronto.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Alister McGrath ix
Chapter 1 St. John's Way of Speaking: The Person and Work of Christ 15
Chapter 2 Divine Hiddenness: The Word of God and Created Forms 36
Chapter 3 Enroll in the Spiritual School: Regeneration, Faith, and Works 54
Chapter 4 Christ, the Bread of Life: The Source and Substance of Salvation 73
Chapter 5 Civil Kingdom and Christ's Kingdom: Judgment, Grace, and Freedom 93
Chapter 6 Nestle on the Lap of Christ: Close our Eyes and Open our Ears 113
Chapter 7 Jesus, the Master Commentator: Harvesting Divine Things from Christ 131
Chapter 8 Prayer-Not Our Creation but God's Gift: The Causative Agency of God 150
Chapter 9 Alternation Between Suffering and Sweetness: The Shape of the Christian Life 169
Chapter 10 The Glory of the Holy Spirit's Office: The Economic Actions of the Holy Spirit 188
Chapter 11 Christological Predication: The Usage of Communicatio Idiomatum 208
Chapter 12 Bind to Christ's Mouth: No Other Intercessor than Christ 225
Chapter 13 The Power of Christ's Passion: Simplicity of Word and Magnitude of Substance 244
Chapter 14 Resurrection and Flame of Love: Christ our Brother and His Voice 271
Afterword Carl R. Trueman 289