Recently a prominent writer on religion urged the churches to stopfor a moment and look back. Properly understood, this advice is certainlyworth considering. Not everything is worthless that lies in the past. Wehave not taken along all the treasures of faith and godliness which weregarnered by busy hands in the bygone ages. Great men lived in thoseheroic times; giants of vision, of trust in Christ, and of loyalty to God.Their message still rings in our ears with telling effect. Their loyalty toGod is to this day a beacon light to eager hearts seeking after truth. The past is after all not so far removed from the present, and the future, in spiteof its offer of greater insight, deeper scholarship, and more extensive facts,can never disengage itself from the good and the true of the past.One of the needs of Christendom to-day is a revival of faith, for faith only can make the world whole. Scholarship and learning withoutfaith will never lead God’s people out of the gloom of uncertainty to thelight-flooded promised land of communion with God. We need greater faith in the divine-human Christ, in the omnipotence of His Word, and inthe efficacy of His vicarious work. We must listen again to the divineTeacher from Heaven, and give his Gospel a chance to change and recreateour hearts.Dr. Martin Luther was, as many are convinced, a great teacher of the Christian Church; but he was first of all a great learner in Christ’sschool. His message was the abiding Gospel of the ages concerning theRedeemer of the world. He centered his whole message in the divine factsof
sola scriptura, sola gratia, sola fide
. He wanted no other source andnorm of faith than the Bible; no other way to the Father but the way bygrace through faith in Jesus. Luther was a consecrated minister of JesusChrist. Trusting in the grace of God for Christ’s sake and standing firmlyupon the immovable rock of the infallible Word of God, he preached theGospel of redemption with a conviction against which the gates of hellcould not prevail.
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