hidden God is the revealed God
revealed God is the hidden God
The truth is
to "benefit" from the gospel (i.e., be a beneficiary of Jesus Christ
and all that he has wrought for us) we must "shut our eyes and open our
gospel is essentially aural." (Luther)
crucis is always to be distinguished from a theologia
gloriae is found
when God is
identified with metaphysical speculation
when the church
when it is
thought that the truth and nature of God can be read off nature
when it is
thought that the truth and nature of God can be read off the face of history, of
of a theologia crucis:
life can never be identified with our evident life, whether public or private.
life can never surrender its incognito.
the hidden life
of a Christian is real but isn’t perceived; it is hidden so deeply that it
isn’t fully perceived by the Christian herself.
the Christian necessarily
incurs the hostility of the world.
peace is ours
through faith as a gift of Christ in the midst of turbulence; to seek the peace
(of the world – here Luther includes the peace of religiosity) is to
promises are the cause of joy; the Christian’s joy is determined (ultimately)
“trial” (Anfechtung) the Christian
must cling to the Word (Jesus Christ).
point” in the trial has arrived when faith recognises the trial as an alien
work (of God). (God conceals
himself under the devil’s hostility.)
once we have
recognised the hidden God in his alien work, we find the revealed God in his
proper work, and therein know unspeakable comfort.
kind of trial is to have no trial, for trial keeps faith alive and vibrant.