“The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17
Happy “Eve of All Saints Day!” Some people today have other names for it but that was the original “holiday” that was being celebrated about 400 years ago when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenburg Castle which began the Protestant Reformation. And it all started for him when he discovered my text for this morning. It’s actually a quote from the Old Testament book of Habakkuk (2:4), written about 630 years before Christ, that Paul used when he wrote to the Christians in the city of Rome about 28 years after Jesus’ death, and that Martin used to break new ground as he wrote to the Christians living in Germany 1600 years later, and I’m sharing with you today. So this text has made the rounds for quite a few years!!
He prefaced this verse with confidence statements like, “the gospel is the righteousness of God,” that he is “not ashamed of that gospel,” because “it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes,” and that it is “revealed through faith.” And if you’ve watched the movie this is the place where Luther takes his pen and boldly writes in the margin “SOLA”—alone!
Oh to understand the gospel that clearly, to sense its power so completely, to believe it so thoroughly that I am not ever ashamed of it because it is so much a part of who I am, and to have the faith necessary to accept it with all my heart. That would be quite a “treat” to offer to God and all those I come in contact with today!!
Have a great day removing any costumes and treating God to the pleasure of making His gospel that real to you too,