The Approach of Reformation Day

29 Oct

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There is within the human mind, and indeed by natural instinct, an awareness of divinity.

(John Calvin, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, I.III.I.)

Monday is Reformation Day. Yes, I know for most, it is Halloween. Which of course, it is. But it is also, and more importantly, Reformation Day. Though my girls may disagree with me on this, after all, you do not get a lot of candy in celebration of Reformation Day! But, what you do get is important theology! But, in fairness, that doesn’t quite taste the same as M&Ms or Milk Duds!

Next year, 2017, will be the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. There are many conferences and celebrations scheduled to commemorate and remember this most momentous happening.

On October 31, 1517, Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. (Some debate whether Luther actually did this, but none can dispute his disputations were soon circulated and brought about, what is known as the Protestant Reformation.)

If you are interested in reading a bit more on this, I offer Dr. Timothy George’s article (my dean at Beeson) on the subject. Click here.

In the quotation above, Calvin asserts that the truth of God’s existence is found in every person. This is referred to as sensus divinitatis. This sense of the divine is found in every person.

In a few days, I will be posting messages (or at least excerpts of those messages) I have been preaching over the past few weeks. I have been preaching a series of messages on the nature and attributes of God. The sermon series is entitled, Who is this King of Glory. The title comes from Ps. 24.

Who is this King of Glory? Who is this One whom Calvin said of him we have this knowledge? Who is this One whom the Reformers proclaimed and held to tenaciously?

I stand today as a proud and thoughtful Protestant. I stand on the shoulders of these great men of God: Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and others. None of whom, of course, were perfect. But each of these men, and many others, God used in a mighty way.

I am proud and humbled to stand in their legacy. I am proud and humbled to stand in the shadow of their influence. They cast a long shadow. We stand on their shoulders, as they stood on the shoulders of others.

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