Reformation and All Saints’ Days celebrate “The Church Militant” and the “The Church Triumphant” with the language of warfare – the imagery of battles raging and battles won – things most people probably don’t think about when they think of the Church!
That is because Satan has robbed us of our understanding of the Church at war. When people think of the Church, they are likely to picture a docile place where families go to find encouragement for a better life. And that suits Satan just fine, because the less you understand about the battle that wages around you, the less of a threat you will be to Satan and his demons.
But the fact is, the Church IS at war – not against flesh and blood, “but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers and spiritual forces of evil (Eph 6:12).” And as God’s saints, as those who have been baptized and called by God to serve in His Kingdom, you have received your marching orders: “Take up the whole armor of God, fasten on the belt of truth, and grasp the sword of the Spirit – the WORD of God (Eph 6: 13-17)!” “Let the praises of God be in your throats (Psa 149:4)” – WORSHIP! And cleanse your Baptismal robes in the blood of Christ (Rev 7:14) – COMMUNION!
By remaining in the WORD, by joining your voice with the saints in heaven and on earth in WORSHIP, and by taking your place at the LORD’S SUPPER, you fight the faithful fight! This is how Satan is defeated! This is how the Lord has good use of you to defeat the enemy for the life of the world. And as you take your place with all the saints as the Church Militant, you may rest assured that the victory will be yours in Christ as the Church Triumphant!