A Heavenly Mansion Rather than Satan’s Lair
“He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14)
October is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. While there were a few other reformers prior to Martin Luther, none had the impact of this great reformer. Luther was a Roman Catholic monk and theologian. At this moment in time, the European Middle Ages were overwhelmed by the fear of eternal damnation. Luther found that no matter what he did, from the confessional, to his good works, he was incapable of guaranteeing his salvation. This realization left him in despair.
Luther found comfort in the Pauline letters. In passages like Colossians 1:13-14, Martin Luther began to realize that while we cannot earn our salvation, trying to control our salvation is futile when a loving God has provided the way to salvation through Jesus Christ. Jesus came to this world to provide “redemption for the forgiveness of sins.” We are freed from the damnable descriptions described in Dante’s Inferno. Luther freed millions of people from the “darkness” of fear and despair.
Today, celebrate Martin Luther’s life by thinking about the ways you feel the loving hand of God upon you. Rather than living in constant fear of demons, Satan, and making a single mistake which could thrust you into the eternal fires, you can live free because of the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We are continually forgiven and restored by the grace of God. Prayerfully appreciate the joy in not living in constant fear of eternal despair. We should all thank God today for Martin Luther’s determination to free us from bad theology. God isn’t waiting to thrust us into Satan’s lair, but is lovingly preparing a heavenly mansion for each one of us.