Yet you are holding fast to my name, and you did not deny your faith in me even in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan lives. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. To everyone who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give a white stone, and on the white stone is written a new name that no one knows except the one who receives it. “I know your works: your love, faith, service, and endurance. I know that your latest works are greater than the first. And all the churches will know that I am the one who searches minds and hearts, and I will give to each of you as your works deserve (Revelation 2:13b, 17, 19, 23b).
Reformation Day will soon be observed at the end of October (the 31st) and All Saints Day will be remembered on November 1st. That the two fall next to each other is a fact of history—Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany on October 31st; but this year I have been pondering the theological connection between the two days.