Today the protestant church marks 'Reformation Day' in memory of the ministry of Martin Luther. Luther who was at the heart of the Reformation, and as I become increasingly familiar with him you do get the sense that he knew he was involved in something significant. My favourite Luther quote is this: I taught the word, apart from that I did nothing. While I slept and drank Wittenberg Beer, the word did everything. That suggests that Luther wasn't really doing anything new. He was doing what faithful people had always done...
The ultimate Reformation Day was the crucifixion of Jesus (Hebrews 9:10). Then change really happened. Then the shadows of law were swept away and we were welcomed into the presence of God by the blood of Jesus. One of the two key issues at stake in Luther's day (Justification by grace by faith and the Authority of Scripture)! Nothing that needs reinventing about that, the gospel doesn't move. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13). I'm the one who keeps changing, reverting to the easy path of walking out of step with the Spirit. What I need is men and women who will rub the grace of God in the gospel into my heart. Not just once a year, but daily. Not because I don't know it but because I do.
I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have... I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking
Tim Challies: Reformation Day Symposium 2007
See also: Orthodoxy - Reformation Day 2006