God is going to complete what he started here (Switzerland) 500 years ago.
Inspired by this word by LeRoy from last Thursday I looked into some of Zwinglis life. He was the reformer in the German part of Switzerland, mainly Zürich.I also thought about and prayed into the word.
Huldreych (modern Ulrich) Zwingli lived from 1.1.1484 – 11. Oct. 1531. He was priest in Glarus (1504-16), Einsiedeln (1516-19), and then Zurich (1518-31). He first was greatly influenced by humanism and Erasmus of Rotterdam, mostly by their believe to go back to the sources. This had Zwingli search the New Testament in Erasmus Greek edition, that was very close to the sources, and not the Latin Vulgata used in the catholic church. This inspired his 67 thesis that were directly motivated by exegesis of the gospels, the acts, and the letters.
Many of the thesis we read today and they seem modern biblical understanding, some speak into the lifetime of Zwingli and therefore have lost some of their relevance for today. But still, consider these ones for example:
VII. That he is an eternal salvation and head of all believers, who are his body, but which is dead and can do nothing without him.
VIII. From this follows first that all who dwell in the head are members and children of God, and that it is the church or communion of the saints, the bride of Christ, Ecclesia catholica.
IX. Furthermore, that as the members of the body can do nothing without the control of the head, so no one in the body of Christ can do the least without his head, Christ.
X. As that man is mad whose limbs (try to) do something without his head, tearing, wounding, injuring himself; thus when the members of Christ undertake something without their head, Christ, they are mad, and injure and burden themselves with unwise ordinances.
Zwingli believed in the 5 solae principles of Luther:
- sola scriptura (Scripture only, his starting point)
- sola fide (by faith alone)
- sola gratia (only by grace)
- solus Christus or solo Christo (Christ alone or through Christ alone)
- soli Deo Gloria (glory to God alone)
Zwingli did not acquaint with Luther, as Luther still saw communion as Christ being present and his body broken, his blood shed anew every time, but Zwingli saw it as a remembrance:
XVIII. That Christ, having sacrificed himself once, is to eternity a certain and valid sacrifice for the sins of all faithful, from which it follows that the mass is not a sacrifice, but is a remembrance of the sacrifice and assurance of the salvation which Christ has given us.
Zwingli persecuted the next move of God, the Anabaptists. 2004 there was a reconciliation between the reformed protestant church of Zurich (Gerri Keller as a representative) and the Amish as representatives of the Anabaptists. I was at that conference.Zwingli wrote the first full German bible, 5 years before Luther.
That much about Zwingli.
I thought about the word. 500 years ago, the whole restoration of truth began. There had been moves before, but largely this was a red line of few, the remnant, with now major influence on the church of the day. The reformation certainly was different. Since then, numerous moves of God have restored truth progressively:
- Puritans, Pietism, Quakers
- Methodists, Great Awakening
- Babtists, Healing Moves
- Pentecostal and charismatic revival, Latter Rain
And many truths have been restored in these moves: baptism by decision, all offices of the fivefold, the gifts of the Spirit, and so on. You all know better than me.
This reformation had to take place because of the great fall of the church 1700 years ago, bringing forth the dark ages and the catholic church.
I believe that the word carries the potential for restoration of the full truth of the Gospel – potential because God needs people to walk out the word, walk out his will, to establish as fact in the earth what has been truth in heaven all along. God is saying that he started to restore our understanding of and relationship with Christ 500 years ago with the five solae principles. From that basic groundwork he restored many aspects of truth up to now. Some where received, some not. Sadly enough the revelation of a new aspect usually brought about separation. Of the ones that were not received but by a very small remnant, and which God could at the time only partially restore, is Latter Rain. This ties this word right in with the word LeRoy and Lynne got from Mark T. Barclay that they will be of the distributors of Latter Rain.
Our responsibility will be to be available, willing, ready, teachable, open to the new. And that we press in in prayer. What does that mean? Mainly that we make ourselves willing to change our thinker. That we are ready to throw overboard religious principles. Jesus taught that traditions are the only thing stronger than the word of God, because we think we know and hold fast, failing to see the deeper layers of scripture and truth.