Though they are quite unaware of it, people are not searching for eternal youth, but rather perfection. They seek to be made complete.
Luther had finally realized that the Catholic Church had been feeding him a lie that he had no way of refuting until now. That lie was that we can work our way to God.
Through Christ alone, we are given eternal life and will never perish. We who are truly a part of the elect are unable to be snatched out of Jesus’s hand, nor the Father’s hand.
Faith is how we are justified and faith comes from hearing the word of Christ. Faith is not something innate within us but is rather a gift from God to us.
We should all want each and every person we meet to be saved and come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ. This cannot, however, be the goal of our ministry.
Though it is important to remember our place in all that happened in the Reformation, and to remember how it influenced Christian theology and practice, we must make sure we don’t forget about God’s place in the Reformation.
God worked mightily in and through the Reformation and I believe we are desperately in need of another.
After darkness, light.
When I look back at my own life to this point, I see the hand of God working in seemingly mundane, and sometimes horrible, things to bring about beautiful and lasting results.