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Devotional - week of June 8, 2008


GOD'S NEW REFORMERS

 

It was symbolic … concerned only with foods and drinks, various washings, and fleshly ordinances imposed until the time of reformation.  Hebrews 9:9-10

 

Much of the worship God gave the Jews in the first covenant was symbolic. A new day was coming when what was symbolized would be reality in the lives of God’s children.

 

Hebrews 9:10 calls the new day a “reformation.” Most students of church history would immediately think of Martin Luther when using the term reformation. However, the reformation spearheaded by Martin Luther was only a part of the reformation Jesus made possible in the New Covenant. Luther’s reformation only dealt with the way to become a Christian—being justified by faith. All evangelicals passionately hold to this glorious truth.

 

However, the reformation Jesus brought to pass also provides resources for daily living.

 

Adam is called a type of Christ (Romans 5:14). We can look at Adam and learn things about Jesus. The first thing we learn is that just as Adam began the human race, Jesus came to begin a new race.

 

Those of the new race Jesus created are not only justified. They are also spiritually crucified, buried and resurrected. That is reformation. Church history seems to indicate that this part of the reformation Jesus created has not been popular since New Testament days.

 

Above everything else, Christianity needs to complete the reformation started by the reformation of Luther. Where are God’s new reformers who will take the lead in this reformation?

 

It is not popular to tell evangelicals that our self-effort approach to advancing the Kingdom is wrong. Some are offended when we tell them there is a quality of Christian living they have not experienced. Talking about being filled with the Holy Spirit, which is a part of the reformation, is looked down on by some evangelicals. However, reformers must be willing to get in the open with their message of reformation and let the sand blow in their faces.

 

The new reformers must have a personal testimony of experiencing change in their lives by experiencing their spiritual crucifixion, burial and resurrection. They must do their reformation work under the leadership and power of the Holy Spirit.