If reformation is to continue (i.e., if life is to continue) in our day, then we must stand on the shoulders of the generations of reformers that have gone before us and reach higher. Our generation is to be more than spectators of the past or simply occupational troops. There are still beaches to be stormed—the war is not over. The generations that follow us will face new challenges to their faith and new battles to be fought. The implications of the Christian Faith for the world of tomorrow may not be seen by us; our world changes at blinding speed. However, we must go where the flash-points are. As Luther said, “If I declare with loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of God’s truth except that one little bit which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ no matter how boldly I may be professing Christ.  For the soldier to be steady on the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that single point.”

Reformation is about the future, not just the past, and we must look forward with the expectation of seeing God work in our day as He has in the days gone by. We must not simply be Reformed, but Reforming Christians; transforming our culture by the power of the gospel. Professor John Murray said: “We fail to accord to the Reformers our debt of gratitude when we cease to prize our heritage…. This heritage is not only one to be cherished; it is one to be propagated. The Reformation was the rediscovery of the revealed counsel of God on the most vital issues of the Christian faith. It might be summed up in the rediscovery of salvation by grace….Reformation, however, must not consist only in retrospect nor in the repristination of the legacy furnished by the Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries. Reformation is a present duty.”