Here is a brief summary and commentary on the fourth lecture of Nicolaus Ludwig Count von Zinzendorf, Bishop of the Church of the Moravian Brethren, from Nine Public Lectures on Important Subjects in Religion, preached in Fetter Lane Chapel in London in the Year 1746. Translated and Edited by George W. Forell, Iowa City, University of Iowa Press, 1973.
Again, this was from early in my graduate experience, from 94-95, in Dr. Richard Lovelace’s class on the Pietist Renewal at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Lecture IV–Concerning Saving Faith
‘In the fourth, I have described the saving faith of the human soul and that this may certainly be understood under the general heading of love, may even be perceived as a property of a heart in love with the object of faith. (xxxii)
Briefly, Z here identifies faith entirely with love: “…there is no saving faith which is not simultaneously love for him who laid down his life for us, for him who has created us, without whom we cannot live and exist for one moment.” (Erb, 304)
There is an internal and an external faith, says Z. Only the former is necessary, and it may be quite invisible to those around the quieter sort of Christian. Fiducia implicita itself is divided further into faith-in-distress and faith-in-love. The first is the beginning of faith, when “we see our corruption on all sides and are really anxious because of it.” (305) Continue reading