October 31, commonly known as Halloween, is Reformation Day. In 1517 a German religious monk, Martin Luther, posted ninety-five statements on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. In those days church doors were used as bulletin boards. Martin Luther launched a great debate. He sparked what historians call the Protestant Reformation.
Martin Luther argued we receive salvation from sin and heaven to come through faith in Jesus Christ. Only the perfect work of Jesus Christ earns heaven. The Bible says, “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore also God highly exalted Him” (Philippians 2:8-9).
Martin Luther maintained we do not and we cannot earn a place in heaven. “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment” (Isaiah 64:6).
On the other hand, Jesus Christ lived a perfect life. He also died to pay the penalty due to others for their sins. We deserve that death penalty. Christ takes the judgment of God against sin for all those who trust in His work rather than their own. In this way Isaiah 1:9 comes true, “Unless the Lord of hosts had left us a few survivors, We would be like Sodom, We would be like Gomorrah.”
Today’s podcast is also called “Unless the Lord of Hosts.”