The annual special Reformation issue of the Standard Bearer published by the Reformed Free Publishing Association is now available (October 15, 2016), and it truly is a special issue – entirely devoted to “Martin Luther, Reformer Convicted by Scripture.”
As you will see from the above cover and table of contents, the issue contains a variety of articles on Martin Luther and the beginning of the great Reformation of the sixteenth century – from Luther’s Ninety-five Theses to his struggle for assurance to his views on Scripture and on the church.
There is much edifying reading here, and you are encouraged to make this reading a priority this month as we remember God’s work in His church in the past.
The editor-in-chief, Prof. Barry Gritters, introduces this issue with this note:
After Darkness, Light.
Last year’s special issue of the Standard Bearer treated a number of key figures and movements that the Lord used to preserve His church and truth in the darkness of the Middle Ages. This year, our special Reformation issue treats Martin Luther and the Reformation God began through him. The light of biblical truth began to shine again through the writings and preaching of God’s servants such as Luther because Luther was “convicted by Scripture.”
“After darkness, light,” is the translation of the Latin phrase, Post tenebras lux. It comes from the old Latin translation of Job 17:12 and became one of the mottos of the Reformation. Calvin’s Geneva used it on their coins and the motto is engraved on the Reformation wall in Geneva. Indeed, the light of the true gospel shone so brightly that it beamed, and still shines, world-wide. But not so brightly anymore. The conviction about Scripture wanes.
In 2016, we also pray that light may come after the darkness of our day. May the Lord use these special Reformation issues to teach us to look back at God’s great works in history and learn from them—and be bold to write, preach, and witness to the truth of Scripture; but also to look forward in hope—to God’s greatest work, yet to come -- the appearing of the Lord Jesus to bring an end to this present darkness and bring the light of the eternal day. Then we will see the Eternal Word and the light of His face.
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