ODE TO THE REFORMATION
by Jon J. Cardwell
The Reformation had been on
For several hundred years;
Through men like Wycliffe and Jan Huss,
Who serv’d with pray’r and tears.
October’s end, fifteen-se’enteen
Marked its official start;
Luther’s theses nail’d to the door
Rang true in faithful hearts.
By grace through faith in Christ alone
Was Martin Luther’s creed;
And, too, man’s sole authority:
The scriptures for to read.
The press sent this great truth abroad
And like a fire spread.
“Sola Scriptura!” was the cry,
“The Pope is not our head!”
Both men and women bled and died
For God’s most holy Word;
Its precious truth exalting Christ:
In their own language heard.
By grace through faith in Christ alone;
From whence is this faith come?
Through hearing of God’s Word alone:
Christ crucified, its sum.
Yea, all that will believe this truth:
Christ died for sins of men;
Was buried and the third day rose
From death to live again.
Ascended to His glorious throne:
His eternal reign supreme;
And by His Spirit dwells in hearts
Of those He has redeem’d.
This gospel truth, though some think small
Is strong in Christ Jesus;
For through Christ’s blood and righteousness
Is how the Father sees us.
Imparted faith, imputed good
Are doctrines we embrace;
Christ’s substitute, imputed sin:
Salvation’s all of grace.