Löhe on Romans 6,3

baptismal fontDon’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? (Rom 6:3 NIV)

To be baptized into Jesus Christ is nothing else than being joined to him and made part of him through holy Baptism. Being baptized into his death is also being made part of his death to then being raised up with him through his resurrection. All this happens in Holy Baptism. God grants this our immersion and inclusion into Christ’s death and resurrection through the most effective means of Holy Baptism. All those baptized into Christ by the triune God are therefore part of this most salvific union and organic communion. If we want to understand our divine connection, we need to concentrate on our initiation into the godly family by Holy Baptism. If we are looking for our fellowship with Jesus Christ, we need to focus onto the baptismal font and the procedure by which we were immersed into his life’s story and fate at that joyous occasion, which brought about the critical juncture of our life and future. Remember what happened in your baptism and recall, what your God has done to you there and then. There you were connected with Christ for good. In Baptism God made you part of his family and an heir of heaven. Our faith is based on God’s actions in Holy Baptism and what he did there for us. Without Holy Baptism we are at a loss and can’t really be convinced, that we are truly part of Christ and his eternal salvation. However in Holy Baptism he has granted us this safe and secure foundation of faith and Christian confidence. His word points us to this firm foundation. His word highlights the miraculous powers invested by him into Holy Baptism. That’s the sermon of his word – it praises the treasures inherent in this most holy and Christian Baptism.  There are far too many looking for deep communion and fellowship with Christ, who just miss the fact that they have this all in their initial connection with him through Holy Baptism already.

Faithful and merciful God! We are yours thanks to our baptism in Jesus Christ. You have demonstrated your immeasurable love towards us by making us your children and heirs of heaven through this holy water sanctified by your holy word and promise. We thank you for your goodness and we ask you, bless us with the strength of baptism even as we enter this new day and prepare for the coming night. Disperse all bad thoughts from our hearts and grant that we are awake by your grace in truth and love to serve you and yours day in day out. We ask this in your most precious name, God Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Baptized into your name most holy, O Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I claim a place, though weak and lowly, Among your seed, your chosen host. Buried with Christ and dead to sin, I have your Spirit now within.

My loving Father, here you take me Hence forth to be your child and heir; My faithful Savior, here you make me The fruit of all your sorrows share; O Holy Ghost, you comfort me Though threatening clouds around I see.

O faithful God, you never fail me; Your covenant surely will abide. Let not eternal death assail me Should I transgress it on my side! Have mercy when I come defiled; Forgive, lift up, restore your child.

All that I am and love most dearly, Receive it all, O Lord, from me. Oh, let me make my vows sincerely, And help me your own child to be! Let nothing that I am or own Serve any will but yours alone. (Johann J. Rambach)

This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for the sixth Sunday after the high holiday and festival of the Holy Trinity. It is found on Pg. 257 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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