LÖHE ON HEBREWS 9:15

Kelch des HeilsFor this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. (Heb 9:15 NIV)

The propitiating death is history. An eternal salvation has been attained. Transgressions have been redeemed and the Lord’s mission has triumphed. He’s victorious. Now his servants are going out with his holy means of grace. They carry the powerful blood of Christ to Jews and gentiles offering forgiveness from on high. The whole world is being called to put their trust in this triumphant victory of Christ Jesus and to receive their eternal inheritance from the highest authority.

We don’t yet know what eternity will look like in every detail. However we can fill in quite a lot of blanks by reading attentively what the Holy Scripture is telling us about the eternal blessings the people of God are to expect. It’s not true that Holy Scripture keeps mum about eternal life. The opposite is true. There’s hardly another topic, which is described so vividly in the Bible. We don’t need the elaboration of all detail, what “promised eternal inheritance” means, because these words are quite clear in themselves and they guide our imagination and thoughts to see that there is a great blessing awaiting us. An eternal inheritance has been prepared for us. It’s ours thanks to the vicarious salvation our Lord achieved on our part. He has given us peace with his Father. We are to enjoy eternal life, eternal salvation and eternal promise of his most glorious blessings!

O Lord Jesus Christ, we are waiting for your eternal kingdom. We are waiting for your new heaven and new earth in which righteousness dwells and we together with all saints are perfected to serve you in joy and blessedness. We are waiting for the eternal city to come in which no suffering or hurt will be, death will have no more room there as it will be swallowed by Christ’s triumphant victory! O Lord, collect your Church and congregation of those waiting for you with burning lamps. Come Lord Jesus – come soon! Amen.

Oh Jerusalem you blessed city, how lovely do you shine and glamour! Most lovely melodies of praise and adoration go up from your midst. Oh, what magnificent joy and exuberant rejoicing! The sun is rising, the day is breaking – and there’s no end of his reign in sight.

Oh, I have already seen some of this glory. I am being dressed with heavenly gowns and your crown of glory to stand in front of your majestic throne. Just behold the joy and glory – there’ll be no end to it. Therefore rejoice and join in now already! (Leipzig 1652)

This is a translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Thursday after Judica (5th Sunday in Lent). The hymn is translated more literally than poetically. Both are found on Pg. 149 in Lob sei Dir ewig, o Jesu!   (Eternal Praise to you o Jesus!) edited by A. Schuster and published in the Freimund Verlag, Neuendettelsau 1949.

About Wilhelm Weber

Pastor at the Old Latin School in the Lutherstadt Wittenberg
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