Faith, Love, and "a Sea of Comfort": Luther's Lectures and Sermons on 1 John

Martin J. Lohrmann

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 2/8/2021

Paired Article (Face to Face): Faith, Love, and "a Sea of Comfort": Luther's Lectures and Sermons on 1 John

Issue: Johannine Epistles (Vol. 41, No 1, Winter, 2021)

In 1527, in the midst of pandemic, sorrow, and controversy, Martin Luther lectured on I John. In such a time of trial Luther found in the words of this epistle a message of consolation and hope meant to encourage. He showed his listeners a Christian path, a "middle way," to release them from sin and despair and to free them for lives of love of God and neighbor.

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