What is the power of God’s Word? What happens when a preacher proclaims it? What happens when we speak it?
Martin Luther was kind of a big deal 500 years ago, right? He started the Reformation, rattled the corrupt Catholic hierarchy, and made a lasting mark on Western civilization. Well, turns out he doesn’t take any credit for it. It was all the Word, that is, the message of the Bible proclaimed.
I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And then, while I slept, or drank Wittenberg beer with my Philip [Melanchthon] and my Amsdorf [Nicholaus von], the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that never a prince or emperor did such damage to it. I did nothing. The Word did it all.*
That’s my all-time favourite quote from a man who never lacked for fiery words. He didn’t do anything. As a pastor he took naps, he drank beer with his buddies – these are what I spend most of my time doing *just kidding!* God’s Word, freshly available and preached openly, did it all.
* I pulled this from Timothy George’s Theology of the Reformers, page 53.