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  • Jon Taylor


It is 502 years since Martin Luther famously nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Chapel. Luther discovered or we should say recovered gospel truths centred around the fact that salvation is of grace, not of works and we are saved by faith through grace. We cannot justify ourselves or merit our own salvation. We have nothing to boast in other than our Saviour. It is a sovereign work of God. Importantly, this assures us of salvation since we are trusting in Him not ourselves. We are entirely dependent on Him and we cannot save ourselves.

This event triggered the Reformation which would bring about theological and also social change in Europe. By comparison this event makes other 'celebrations' on this day trivial. And what communion has light with darkness? God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. This day altered the course of history...People gave their lives for the gospel and to ensure we could have the Bible in our own language.

To fully appreciate something or someone it helps to contemplate what life would be like without that critical event or person. Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Tyndale, Knox and the others were giants of the Reformation, sinners saved by grace; though they would unquestionably give all the praise and glory to God alone!

Grace alone God's Redeeming Act At Christ's Expense (Eph. 2:8-9) Faith alone Forsaking All I Trust Him (Hebrews 11:6) Christ alone (John 14:6; Acts 4:12) Scripture alone (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21) To the glory of God alone (Psalm 19:1; Isaiah 43:7; Eph. 1:11-12, 14)

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