To the People
Welcome back to another episode of five minutes in Church history. On this episode. We're going back to one of our favorite times to the time of the reformation and one of our favorite figures, Martin Luther. Well, there's a recent book on Luther welts five years old now, but relatively recent. That talks about how luther used the printing press. To advance these ideas and the theology of the reformation. But in addition to using the printing press, this book also talks about how Luther uses something rather innovative for scholars theologians. At the time he used the language of the people and not Latin. The author of this book Andrew Pedigree Says Luther was a cultured and purposeful theological writer. He wrote fine Latin and his. Latin works measured up well against those of talented adversaries by saying that he was cultured meant he was educated. And saying that he was a purposeful theological writer means that he could get into the technicality. He could be exacting in his writing and in his logic, and he could go toe to toe with those in the academy, but then Dr Pedigree says that Luther made the decision to make the case in German. This was with a very crucial moment publication, his fifteen eighteen sermon on indulgence in grace. Now we know in fifteen seventeen. Of course we have the ninety five theses. They were written in Latin. They were intended to be a debate within the church. We also know that they were quickly translated from Latin into the German and through the printing press, and these printing presses popped up all over the hamlets and cities of Germany. That Luther Ninety, five theses were quickly distributed spread like wildfire cross German speaking lands. But what he wrote in fifteen eighteen this sermon, he purposely wrote it in German. An had it printed in German. And the reason is very simple. The people needed to hear this message. They needed to hear this message because they lived in darkness. Well going back a few decades to nineteen fifty. We have that wonderful biography of Luther that classic biography by Roland Bayton. Here I stand. This is how Bayton and biography. The God of Luther. Moses. Was the God who inhabits the storm, clouds and rides on the wings of the wind. At his nod, the earth trembles, and the people before him are as a drop in the bucket. He is a god of Majesty and Power, inscrutable, terrifying, devastating and consuming in his anger. Yet the all terrible. Is The all merciful to. Like as a father piteous his children. So the Lord. But. How shall we know this? In Christ. Says only in Christ. That was luther message that was luther trembling before a holy God. Feeling the anger, the wrath of a righteous God against him. A very unrighteous man. And yet he realized that in Christ. This all terrible one. Is, the all loving one. And loved Luther with a love that would not let him go. Well. That was the message of Martin Luther. He preached his whole life. Any new was a message that was far more than simply a debate within the academy. It was a message that had to be taken directly to the people, and that's what he did. Through the use of the German language and the use of a printing press. He sent that message around Germany. And even as the centuries-old on around the world.