In the Bible study Echoes of the Reformation, from the Gospel Coalition, Dr. Alistair Begg explains the impact of the Protestant Reformation and how it still affects our Christian world today, 501 years after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the doors of a church.
The entire video is above, and the complete transcript is below.
The way in which the Reformation impacts all of us is actually seen everyday, in so far as the convictions that underly our statements regarding the Bible or who Jesus is, what Christ has accomplished, what it means to know God, how God reveals Himself. All of these things were essential parts of the Reformation all these years ago. And so, although the context was vastly different, the issues that were being dealt with are the issues that are still relevant to us today.
And part of the challenge in pastoral ministry is in letting our people understand that when we unfold the Bible, and when we explain these things – about the nature of Scripture, that it is Scripture alone, that it is grace alone, that it is Christ alone and so on – that we are actually reinforcing principles and truths which had been lost sight of in the dark ages and which came to light as a result of the grace of God, lighting a flame in the heart of a Roman Catholic monk called Martin Luther. And showing him that the righteousness that he longed for was a righteousness which had been his in and through the work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When we’re encouraging people to understand their identity, when we explain to them what it means to be united with Christ, we are reinforcing again those essentials, which are, if you like, Reformation essentials.