We are celebrating Reformation Day! On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the Wittenberg Church door in Germany. What had been covered over by centuries of profitable and manipulative tradition, was exposed and the truth of God’s Word, the Gospel of salvation by grace (Eph.2:8), was made known. There is ONE Mediator between God and man, not a Mediator plus someone or some religious/ecclesiastical system (Heb.10:10). That Mediator, JESUS, alone was appointed by God to make atonement for the sins of men by His death. His atonement alone gives only Him authorization to be our Intercessor with God in our behalf. All persons (no matter race or creed) are to go directly to that Intercessor JESUS (Heb.7:25) and trust only in this Mediator alone. “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1Tim.2:5).
This is a day of celebration! I doubt you will see any children walking around this evening dressed like Martin Luther but it is a significant day in church history. October 31 is Reformation Day. This is the day celebrated as the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church door in 1517. The reformers believed that only Scripture was the authority for Christians, not traditions of a church and they preached salvation by grace and not works. We celebrate those who courageously stood against the theological norms of the time, confronting corruption in the church at the price of risking and/or losing their lives. Happy Reformation Day!