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Justification – Sermon Jam

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Book Review: The Unquenchable Flame

I’ve read this short-ish book (185 pages) in just a few days since coming home from university, and it has been a fantastic read to kick off my summer list. Mike Reeves, UCCF’s Theological Advisor, writes with enthusiasm and admiration of the Reformation heroes of the 15th, 16th and 17th Centuries.

He begins with a chapter on the background to the Reformation, the state of the world pre-Luther and his colleagues, showing the desperate state of Christianity under the influence of papal Rome, relying on a false justification and without a Bible anyone could understand.

Despite some of the negative voices there are in 21st Century Britain about the Reformation today, Reeves shows that the whole affair was a positive one, about bringing people the true message of the gospel, and not primarily to flee the evils of Rome.

The Unquenchable Flame unpacks the wonderful stories about the works of both mind and body of Martin Luther, John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli and the Puritans in bringing about Protestantism in Europe and further afield.

I have been challenged to see my half-hearted efforts at trying to please God are not enough to warrant salvation, and that is why justification by faith alone is so important. Martin Luther once wrote; ‘sinners are attractive because they are loved; they are not loved because they are attractive.’

It is inspiring to see men willing to be burnt at the stake for the sake of sound primary doctrine. To the mistake of some, it was not the work of madmen willing to die for the small print of religious waffle. Those reformation martyrs were willing to die when salvation was at stake.

It reminds me of the God-man, the Lamb of the world, Jesus Christ, who humbled himself to death, even death on a cross to save the sins of the many.

Buy The Unquenchable Flame at 10ofthose.com or on Amazon

Bridges on Justification

I am being stunned by Bridges in the Discipline of Grace on every page. A quick extract on the Christian’s basis of justification;

‘It is not our contrition or sorrow for our sin, it is not our repentance, it is not even the passing of a certain number of hours during which we feel we are on some kind of probation that cleanses us. It is the blood of Christ, shed once for all on Calvary two thousand years ago but appropriated daily or even many times a day, that cleanses our consciences and gives us a renewed sense of peace with God.’