The Truth about Truth
I have been looking forward to this day for some time.
It was 500 years ago that Martin Luther understood the meaning of Romans. One of the most significant moments came when he understood Romans 1:17. He said:
It’s what Luther called an alien righteousness; a righteousness that belongs properly to somebody else. It’s a righteousness that is outside of us. Namely, it is the righteousness of Christ.
His understanding of these words changed so much. And, in God’s sovereignty, several other leaders of the time came to the same conclusions. It was these conclusions that then helped understand the rest of Romans, and that ultimately lead to the Reformation of the 16th century.
They developed some key phrases to capture these profound insights: Scripture Alone, Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Christ Alone and to the Glory of God Alone. And in time, the Protestant movement was born. Did you know that one of the first Protestant denominations established was the Church of England?
This is our theological heritage as Anglicans. Indeed, many people in the 16th century gave their lives. They had discovered The Truth About Truth, and nothing was more important than ordinary people hearing about the extraordinary God and his power.
They had realized what it meant to not be ashamed of the Gospel. And it changed everything. Today, we come to the text where it all started.