This week marks a tremendous work begun by God in the Church 500 years ago. Tomorrow, October 31st, 2017 (Halloween), will be celebrated by thousands of churches across the globe as they remember the work God began in and through men such as Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Knox, John Calvin, Theodore Beza, William Farel, Philipp Melanchthon, John Wycliffe, William Tyndale, and the list could go on and on! This work probably began before Luther nailed his 95 theses (95 statements to debate indulgences in the Catholic Church) to the castle church door in Wittenberg, but Luther’s hammer rang the bell, so to speak, which God would use to change his Church.
So, this week I want to provide a few quotes, insights, and small biographies of the men of the Reformation! Today, I provide a quote from Spurgeon on a quote from Luther (did you follow that?).
This quote has to do with fighting against Satan’s accusations:
“The sort of sinners I would call to repentance are those whom Christ invited—those who mean what they say when they confess that they are sinners—those who know that they have been guilty, vile, and lost. If thou knowest thy sinnership, so truly Christ died for thee. Remember that striking saying of Luther. Luther says, Satan once came to him and said, ‘Martin Luther, thou art lost for thou art a sinner.’ Said I to him, ‘Satan, I thank thee for saying I am a sinner, for inasmuch as thou sayest I am a sinner, I answer thee thus—Christ died for sinners; and if Martin Luther is a sinner, Christ died for him.’”
Praise the Lord that Jesus died for sinners! Praise the Lord that sinners are made righteous by the blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.