What was the spark that lit the flame of the Protestant Reformation? John Murray writes,
It may be safe to say that the greatest event for Christendom in the last 1500 years was the Protestant Reformation. What was the spark that lit the flame of evangelical passion? It was, by the grace of God, the discovery on the part of Luther, stricken with a sense of his estrangement from God and feeling in his inmost soul the stings of his wrath and the remorse of a terrified conscience, of the true and only way whereby a man can be just with God. To him the truth of justification by free grace through faith lifted him from the depths of the forebodings of hell to the ecstasy of peace with God and the hope of glory.” (Collected Writings of John Murray Vol.2, p.203)
In other words, it was the salvation of one sinner – a monk named Martin Luther. Not only his new-found understanding and grasp of the gospel of God’s grace in Christ, but his personal belief in it – that he himself was justified by faith alone in Christ alone – was the spark.
Martin Luther found true peace with God through faith in Christ. And by the grace of God he would spend the rest of his days telling others how they too could know peace with God through the good news of Jesus Christ.
Are you (like Martin Luther before his conversion) stricken with a sense of estrangement from God because of your sins? Are you suffering from a terrified conscience? You too can have peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ. The truth of justification by the free grace of God through faith in Jesus can lift you from the depths of the forebodings of hell to the ecstasy of peace with God and the hope of glory.
The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17)!