3 Overlooked Gifts of the Reformation

Chris Castaldo | March 7, 2017

During this 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-five Theses, we are commemorating the Protestant Reformation to acknowledge its legacy. It’s an opportunity to recall this fundamental truth: Without the gospel as the ballast of our lives, we are feeble boats in a raging ocean of guilt and shame.

Over the course of the coming months, we will remember how Luther and his fellow Reformers confronted the abuses of the Roman Church and retrieved an understanding of the justifying grace that makes us his children. Such reflection promises to fortify our grasp on Christian identity and calling.    

Here I would like to shift the spotlight from defining our doctrine of justification to celebrating three specific gifts God imparts as a function of our justification: peace, self-forgetfulness, and transformation.

1. Gift of Peace

In a society haunted by fragmentation, hi-tech distractedness, and the loneliness of individualism, where hearts—even Christian hearts—are empty theaters of longing, we crave divine peace. The increasing emptiness people feel amid prosperity eloquently exposes the importance of this missing peace. But where do we find it?

Here’s how Paul answers the question: “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 5:1). God’s peace is…

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