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This episode was originally published in honor of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. That time has passed somewhat, but as others have noted, the time to remember what was accomplished has only begun.

My desire in reading this sermon was to prompt my listeners to remember the ultimate purpose of the Reformation: at its base, it was the resurgence of the truth of the Gospel that the only way any man may have peace with God is through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. The blood of Christ was spilled and the life of the Son of God poured out to atone for the sins of all God’s people.

For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. Nor was it to offer himself repeatedly, as the high priest enters the holy places every year with blood not his own, for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him. -Hebrews 9:24-28

That is a great and incredible hope!  We should celebrate that at this time, and think now to what we will do to continue reforming, in pursuing biblical truth and honoring the gospel with obedience to Christ in all things.

I hope you will also take the time to follow the links below to the stories and music I discussed in this episode.  My prayer is that you find it all very edifying.

The Gospel Coalition: Thank God For Flawed Heroes

Desiring God: Prisoner Number 2491: The Inspiring Story of the First Nazi Martyr.

The Norton Hall Band: There is a Fountain Filled with Blood

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