Löhe on Colossians 1:14

Jesus in the winepressIn Jesus Christ we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins. (Col 1:14 KJV)

Here the cross of Golgotha is elevated before us. The expression “redemption through his blood” is the objective justification achieved by our Lord Jesus Christ on Good Friday. There he attained the redemption for all our guilt and forgiveness of all our sins and iniquities. He fulfilled and completed the vicarious satisfaction on our behalf and in our stead – even if this had not be subjectively transferred through his means of grace (word and sacrament) to the individual in holy baptism and by his own holy word. Generally speaking we can say: We were granted forgiveness of our sins on the mount of Golgotha and that is where we were saved. Yet this salvation was applied to us in holy Baptism and it was declared ours in the word of forgiveness and absolution. All of us are saved by grace alone through the redemption through the very blood of Jesus Christ. This is assured by God’s holy word and confirmed by his gracious gospel preached and administered. Enjoy it – it is yours to have. May the Lord strengthen your faith and hope and love through this wonderful gift of his – now and always. Amen.

Praise be to you Lord Jesus Christ, that you died for us and hast attained an eternal salvation for us through the redemption by thy holy blood. Grant us that we will build solely on this wonderful gift of yours. If Lord we tire, then grant us wings as of eagles that we may continue in your strength and mercy. Let us not give up before we reach your cross and praise you forever more. Amen.  (Hermann Bezzel)

O Savior, precious Savior, Whom yet unseen we love! O Name of might and favor, All other names above! We worship Thee, we bless Thee, To Thee, O Christ, we sing; We praise Thee, and confess Thee Our holy Lord and King.

O Bringer of salvation, Who wondrously hast wrought, Thyself the Revelation Of love beyond our thought; We worship Thee, we bless Thee, To Thee, O Christ, we sing; We praise Thee, and confess Thee Our gracious Lord and King.

In Thee all fullness dwelleth, All grace and power divine; The glory that excelleth, O Son of God, is Thine; We worship Thee, we bless Thee, To Thee, O Christ, we sing: We praise Thee, and confess Thee Our glorious Lord and King.

O grant the consummation Of this our song above, In endless adoration, And everlasting love! Then shall we praise and bless Thee Where perfect praises ring, And evermore confess Thee Our Savior and our King. (Frances R. Havergal; 1836-1879)

This is a rather free translation of Wilhelm Löhe’s devotion for Saturday after the twenty fourth Sunday after the high holiday of the Holy Trinity. It is found on Pg. 389 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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