- Sola Fide, by faith alone.
- Sola Scriptura, by Scripture alone.
- Solus Christus, through Christ alone.
- Sola Gratia, by grace alone.
- Soli Deo Gloria, glory to God alone.
The second Sola I’m writing about is Grace Alone. It goes with the Faith: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) Gee, what else can I write, that about says it all.
God’s Grace is so amazing. The ancient Hebrews built altars to sacrifice animals, birds and grain to atone for sins. We have Christ, who sacrificed himself for us. You see, there had to be sacrifice for the atonement of all mankind’s sins. That is the way God first set it up. So God sent his Son to do be the sacrifice for our sins and the sins of the world.
OK, you say, so everyone is saved. Not quite. That’s where the faith comes in. We have to have the faith in Christ, believe that he died for us, to accept this gift that he gave us. It’s like a billionaire giving away money. If you were told that you could have an amount of money (let’s make it big, $100,000) for free, all you had to do is go and accept it, you’d do that, right? Whooo Hoo, someone is giving away money, let’s go!! If only we felt the same way about God’s wonderful and amazing gift. We don’t need to do a thing, just accept it.
OK, you say, so I’ll just keep sinning to get more Grace. It’s true, we are all sinners and we all sin each and every day. But in his letter to the Romans, Paul address this: “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2) No, you will not want to sin anymore. Once you’ve been given this gift you will not want to sin.
So… Grace Alone by Faith Alone. We’re building to the best part: Christ Alone.