A Reformation Poem

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.

About Jon J. Cardwell

"The Spirited Speaker" - Pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Anniston, Alabama. Nationally recognized speaker and publisher. Author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.

6 Comments

  1. Great poem. Happy Reformation to you and your family!

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