baptismThat by his death those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance. (Heb 9:15 NIV)

Those called are to receive the eternal inheritance. It goes without saying that not everybody is going to inherit this – even if they hear this promise physically with their ears. There are those, who hear and others who reject this calling. Only the first are included in the promise. What does it mean to hear and follow this calling? Is it possible to follow this calling to the promised eternal inheritance without leaving this world and its ways, without entering the militant Church and to join in the communion and fellowship of their most holy means of grace? This promised eternal inheritance is quite opposite to this world and its pleasures. This is the point of exit, while that is the point of entry. Whoever goes out from one and enters the other, can’t skip the way it takes to move from one to the other. Whoever is called to reach a certain goal is simultaneously called to this way to reach it  and to those means, which promote reaching this goal. The way to this promised eternal inheritance is nothing else than joining the militant Church and the means to reach this goal are nothing less than God’s most holy Word and his Sacraments too. They are the instruments by which the saving power of Christ’s precious blood and this blood itself are shared with us, that we drink it for the forgiveness of our sins and to our salvation. It is obvious that the called inheritors of the eternal inheritance connect up with the visible Church militant, enjoy its sacraments, remain faithfully in her midst and with her blessings, hoping and trusting that in this connection and fellowship with the Church they will miss nothing and they will not miss the gaol and final destination either.

Living waters are flowing freely from God’s fountains clear – quenching the thirst most effectively and sure. Healing all his people, the Lord has called those sitting in misery and shadow of death. He’s building his kingdom with Word and Sacrament.

Everyone is to hear, who is our Lord and king. It’s the king of Kings – our Lord Jesus Christ. He wants to help us fight and overcome now and always just as he promised long ago.

God’s beloved knights stand bravely in this war. There’s cruel weather coming, but it’ll not take long. Just remain faithful unto death, don’t retreat, just trust your God!

Amen – it will happen. In one single moment we’ll perceive God’s might against all worldly malice. We’ll surely inherit with him the most precious crown of joy – victory and triumph inherit through him eternally + (Ludwig Heilmann 1520)

This is a translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Friday after Judica (5th Sunday in Lent). The hymn is translated more literally than poetically. Both are found on Pg. 150 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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