LÖHE ON JOHN 16:14

Holy SpiritJesus Christ says to his disciples: “The Holy Spirit will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.” (Joh 16:14 NIV)

The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus as he makes known the words of Jesus in their true richness and fullness. As he makes known the words of Jesus more and more, he also simultaneously lets the wisdom of our saviour shine forth gloriously. In his divine wisdom Jesus chose the most fitting and understandable illustrations and depictions for the divine revelation that the disciples were not out of their depth, but were addressed at their level of understanding and comprehension. Yet these basic teachings are still most profound and wise that even the most enlightened person can never fathom it all. It’s just to wonderful, marvellous and even beautiful. By leading us into this truth the Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ. It is in unity with the Father and the Son that the Holy Spirit teaches simple words which occupy even the wisest of this world no end and yet infants can grasp it too by the grace of God. Jesus Christ as the Son has all in his hands – even the riches and fullness of the Father – and nobody gets access to this except the one, who receives if from the Holy Spirit, who has been tasked with drawing us to Christ through his word of enlightenment, encouragement and forgiveness. Together the holy Trinity is all out to work for us and our salvation.

Lord Jesus Christ, your work and being is giving and presenting. It’s our fault, that we have often misused your gracious gifts. Yet you send your most treasured Holy Spirit, that he will offer and lay out before us your truth and wisdom again and again. You don’t expect anything else from us. You want to present us with your grace, truth and mercy. Help us that we learn to take from your fill and goodness grace upon grace. Bless and keep us in the coming night and let us rest in your peace. Amen. (O. Riethmüller)

Creator Spirit, by whose aid the world’s foundations first were laid, come visit every humble mind; come, pour thy joys on human kind; from sin and sorrow set us free, and make us temples worthy thee.

O Source of uncreated light, the Father’s promised Paraclete, thrice holy Fount, thrice holy Fire, our hearts with heavenly love inspire; come, and thy sacred unction bring to sanctify us while we sing.

Plenteous of grace, come from on high, rich in thy sevenfold energy; make us eternal truths receive, and practice all that we believe; give us thyself, that we may see the Father and the Son by thee.

Immortal honor, endless fame, attend the Almighty Father’s Name; the Savior Son be glorified, who for lost man’s redemption died; and equal adoration be, Eternal Paraclete, to thee. (Rabanus Maurus 776-856 tr John Dryden 1631-1700)

This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Friday after the fourth Sunday after Easter: Cantate. It is found on Pg. 192 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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