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Luther's "Christian Guide for Each Day"

Sunday 20 October 2013 at 06:00 am.

20 October

So then unless a person is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  John 3:5.

This has to be a different birth than out of father and mother. It indeed is also God's work that a human being is born naturally; yet God does that through a father and mother, and such a birth comes out of their flesh and blood. However no human being can contribute to or do anything for the birth of a Christian: Not from blood (nor from the will of any man), rather born from God, from water and the Holy Spirit. Here you well may be looking at the water of Baptism as the dew(Psalm 110 [v. 3]) and are hearing the external, verbal Word as the wind; however you can neither see, hear, nor comprehend what is accomplished here - namely, how the human being is cleansed by Baptism by being placed into the hand of the administering pastor so that a child of hell becomes a child of God.

Sentimentally I now reminisce about how 20 years ago I had the humbling, joyful privilege to administer the Sacrament of Baptism to my first grandchild - for which occasion I had composed a hymn tune and hymn; here's v. 1:

                Washed by water with the Word,

                This child now adopted by its Lord

                Shares in Christ's full righteousness.

                With faith, O Spirit, her new life bless. 

                © Elmer M Hohle - 1993 

In Christ,

Elmer

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Dawn Patterson

What a beautiful expression of faith and guidance! Thank you Rev. Hohle for brightening our day.

Dawn Patterson - 10/29/2013 00:17




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