Roberts Liardon tells us that Jesus was our Teacher for reform. Throughout His ministry, He taught us how we should be acting, how we should be operating, and the way we should be thinking. He was getting the thoughts of restoration planted in our hearts. But before what He taught could come to pass, He had to be a Reformer by dying on the cross, snatching the keys of hell and death from Satan to stop the abuse, and then being resurrected from the dead so that our divine right of inheritance could be restored to us.
Jesus won the war, and we have the final victory, but we also know that the attacks still come in an attempt to hinder the Gospel and halt our growth in the Lord. That means that every generation must experience some type of reform. We may be the last generation—no one knows for sure. Let’s be declarers so no one can say, “no one told me.”
The spirit of reformation is the spirit of truth. It is the strength to stop abuses in our personal lives, our churches, and the life of our nation. It must come before we will ever see the power of a true restoration. Heaven has shown us what is to come, but we must take the vital steps for our generation and our time. We must call for the spirit of truth to live in our homes, in our churches, in our lives, and in our nations.
Roberts Liardon tells us that the spirit of reformation, birthed by the Holy Spirit of God, must be cried for and grasped. It then must be carried to every area of society so that room can be made for heaven’s restoration. We must have men and women of God who will rightly discern what they are hearing from heaven; see what they’ve heard in the entire Word of God (not just a Scripture or two); and birth the will of God into our generation through prayer and demonstration.
So, I close the chapter of John Knox with one of his last prayers, believing the spiritual strength of his passionate words still vibrate throughout the earth. Those who have an ear to hear, let them hear:
Lord, grant faithful pastors, men who will preach and teach, in season and out of season. Lord, give us men who would gladly preach their next sermon even if it meant going to the stake for it. Lord, give us men who will hate all falsehood and lies, whether in the church or out of it. Lord, grant to Your struggling church men who fear You above all.