We are saved, sanctified, and glorified by the power of God’s grace through faith ALONE. The moment man claims any responsibility, no matter how little, it removes glory that belongs to God alone.
If our theology isn’t informed by God’s actual words, it will be formed by something else entirely. When scripture is not upheld as the objective authority, we shift toward subjectivism where people, through experiences, and blends of world religions will put themselves in authority.
That which actually saves us before God is Christ. His faithfulness and not ours is what’s most important. The faith that brings justification does so because it is in the “Lord Jesus Christ.” The faith that saves is in Christ alone, Sola Christus.
The word that really matters is Sola. Whether discussing faith, grace, Christ, Scripture or the Glory of God it is this idea of “alone” which carries the most weight in this discussion. In terms of the Reformation Sola Gratia is very different than Gratia.
What if Saul met Paul? What if in some Steven Spielberg-esk way this could happen? A Freaky Friday of biblical proportions. What if the once committed legalist, Saul, met his eventually broken and transformed self, Paul? What if the man who hunted down Christians met the man who fearlessly gave his life to multiply them?
Christians can argue theology all day long in theory, but what we believe about justification has consequences in real life. It plays out either in faith that rests in Jesus’s righteousness credited to our account, or destructive self-righteous legalism.
Over the last 400 years Christianity has slowly slipped away from a reformed understanding of sola fide, or a life lived by faith alone in Christ, as it concerns our sanctification and have embraced a hybrid of Roman Catholic theology and Evangelicalism. It is commonly believed that we are saved by grace through faith alone,…