Tuesday, 2 October 2012
Recently I read Five Women of the Reformation by Paul Zahl. I was challenged by the story of Jane Grey - the "nine day Queen". After examination, where she had skilfully defended the reformation doctrines of sola scriptura, sola fide, and the sacraments, her Roman Catholic examiner, knowing that she would be sentenced to death, expressed regret that they would never meet again. The SIXTEEN year old Jane, not counting her own life above giving faithful testimony of our Lord, replied with great faith, courage and single-minded purpose: "True it is that we shall never meet [again], except God turn your heart; for I am assured unless you repent, and turn to God, you are in an evil case; and I pray God, in the bowels of his mercy, to send you his Holy Spirit, for he hath given you his great gift of utterance, if it pleases him also to open the eyes of your heart".