LÖHE ON 2. PETER 1:16-18

TransfigurationWe did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. (2Pe 1:16-18 NIV)

The apostle Peter is spot-on with his declaration, that he did not follow cleverly invented stories, but rather God’s witness and that of his prophets. What do we want to do now? Do we not have the writings of the prophets and those of the apostles? And do we not know the witness of the father through the apostles? Do we not want to trust the divine witness and that of his holy saints?

Day is breaking, the Morningstar of fulfilment has appeared long ago. The era of fulfilment is coming to completion more and more. Soon the one we are waiting for, will appear. His name is “Amen”, because all divine promises are “yes” and “Amen” in him. Are we only going to believe, when we see him, who is to judge the living and the dead? Or do we believe now already?

O Lord you eternal light! Let us hold and keep and recognise more and more all what your prophets preached and your apostles witnessed and explained and your Father declared concerning your power and coming and thus be saved in this enlightened recognition! Amen

Your word, O Lord, let always be the lamp for our feet; preserve it with us clear and pure; grant that in all distress we enjoy from it strength, guidance and enduring comfort so that we continue to trust in it.

God Father, let Your word be widely spread to you honour. Help, Jesus, that Your teaching may enlighten and guide us. O Holy Spirit, let Your divine word work in us continually faith, love, patience and hope.  (David Denicke, 1603-1680. The translation is rather somewhat literal and neither poetic nor hymnal)

(Translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for  Wednesday after the 6th Sunday after Epiphany as found on Pg. 92 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu!   (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and puplished in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.)

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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