The Trumpet Call of the Reformation

“The opening line of the Reformation was a reflection on Jesus’ call to “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.” It’s no accident that the first of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses was this: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, “Repent,” he called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” There’s a comprehensive reorientation of our entire lives. And John Calvin picks up the exact same theme in his Institutes: “In order that believers may reach this goal of nothing less than the image of God, God assigns them a race of repentance which they are to run throughout their lives.” It’s a picture of the essential dynamic of what it means that we are Christians.”

-David Powlison, Westminster’s Convocation Service 2014

2 thoughts on “The Trumpet Call of the Reformation

  1. This is so good..the race of repentance!
    And the timing is interesting.
    In two days it’s Rosh Ha Shana…time to blow the shofar/TRUMPET. Numbers 10:9
    A call for spiritual battle and a call for repentance leading to Yom Kippur!

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