“I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And then, while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my Philip [Melanchthon] and my Amsdorf [Nicholaus von], the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that never a prince or emperor did such damage to it. I did nothing. The Word did it all.” Martin Luther
In the great hymn of the Reformation, Luther wrote about the Devil: “One little Word shall fell him.” The doom of the Prince of Darkness was sure because the gospel was powerful. The Word of God and the preaching and teaching of the Word was stronger than all the forces in Europe which the Devil hurled at it.
I just got back from The Gospel Coalition Conference for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In January, I went to the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary’s Pastor’s conference in celebration of the Reformation. There is a real fervour and passion for the truth of God’s Word that lies burning at the heart of evangelical Christians in the 21st century. There are thousands of Christians who maintain a firm commitment to the doctrines of faith alone, Christ alone, Scripture alone, grace alone, to God alone be the glory.
When the Spirit sent the Deacon Phillip to the Ethiopian Eunuch, Phillip began with the Scriptures. In Luke 24, Jesus taught all things in the Scriptures, in the Psalms, the Prophets, and the Law concerning Himself. Through the teaching of the Scriptures, the Word exploded like wild fire. This is clear throughout the Book of Acts.
There are many little churches and big churches flung across North America that are preaching this gospel, labouring so that men might know Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection. We can pray for a further Reformation in the 21st century, that our Churches would have an exclusive eye on Jesus and His Word, and that this Word above all earthly powers would continue to do damage to the work of the Devil.