b. the entire Old Testament testifies to Him as the Savior of souls; even the first promise about Him in Genesis 3:15, that He crushes the serpent's head, i.e. would destroy the devil's kingdom and works and redeem souls from it; therefore he is called Abraham's blessing because he takes the curse from sinners, and should make them again to the blessed ones of His Father; that is why Isaiah rejoices: "To us a Child is born" etc.; c. His life and His innocent death testifies to Him as the Savior of souls; because by his holy life He has fulfilled the Law for us and acquired righteousness that avails before God; through suffering and death He has expiated and taken away sin, guilt and punishment. That is why He sealed the word: "It is accomplished!" with His glorious resurrection and ascension, as well as through the outpouring of His Holy Spirit and establishing His Church in the entire world; for what else is the same but the community of those who are brought by faith in Him from the devil's kingdom into God's kingdom, become pardoned, blessed children of God and heirs of eternal life? Who is there now among us, who recognizes himself as a forlorn sinner, who would not take his refuge in this Savior? Once He redeems them, He calls them all to Himself, without distinction, young and old sinners, great and small, honest and immoral, a pious John on His breast and a thief on the cross to His right, a denying Peter and a bloodthirsty Saul. All who ever came to him, He has gathered as the true Savior, all gratefully boast: "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." Why will you not come to Him? As in no one else - salvation and blessedness is certain in Him for everyone. 2.
also as Savior of their bodies
; a. our Gospel testifies that He is also a Savior of the body; for after He fed the people spiritually with His Word, He then fed them physically and indeed
. before someone asks for it,
. by a miracle of His omnipotence,
. bountifully, so that they are not merely fed, but are fed for the journey home. Is this not a Savior, as we need Him in the hardships of this life? b. all His miracles witness Him as such a Savior, when He makes the blind see, the mute speak, lepers cleansed, indeed, when He turns water into wine and with it remedies not merely a need, but only an embarrassment - everything is actually testimony to His faithful care for the body; c. His
also testifies to this, because through it He has most highly honored the human body with His needs; He has thus experienced weaknesses and needs and hunger, thirst, fatigue and suffering that He now has compassion with our body and must have compassion on us as His own brothers.
Yes, he also has intended our body for a future resurrection and heavenly glory and has redeemed by His body's