Last week, we focused on Sola Fide, and the marvelous truth that our salvation comes through faith. That faith is all we bring, it’s not accompanied by anything else that saves, but we did caution that while you cannot add anything to faith it’s not just faith in anything. It is faith in Christ.
It is the object of our faith that saves us.
The 5 Sola’s create a sort of Christian harmony as they are struck together, each meant to be understood in light of the others. But the melody note within the chord is this one – Solus Christus.
- Christ Alone saves sinners
- Christ Alone sits as sovereign
- Christ Alone satisfies the soul
Christ Alone saves sinners
What does it mean to be saved? Since the very beginning, when Adam and Eve rejected God’s law, we have been guilty of God’s judgment (Gen. 3:1-6; Rom. 5:12). We tend to downplay God’s wrath. We view our sin like stealing candy from our grandfather. The Creator of the universe has never done any wrong against you – providing life and light and only ever doing things for your good – yet we have spurned Him.
While the Israelites were in Egypt, God sent an angel to kill all the firstborn sons in the land. Yet, He also provided a way of escape. Any house that was marked by the blood of a lamb would be passed over. God Himself would cover that home and save them from His coming judgment (Ex. 12). The Passover was instituted in order to prefigure Christ, who was our Passover Lamb (1 Cor. 5:7). He took our sins upon Himself and was slain. Now, His blood covers anyone who places their faith in Him. There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1).
Christ Alone sits as sovereign
“Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in haven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:9-11)
“Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right Man on our side,
the Man of God’s own choosing.
You ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same;
and he must win the battle.”
(A Mighty Fortress is Our God)
Christ Alone satisfies the soul
“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life.'” (John 6:35)
“Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)
If we struggle with Joy, it is because we do not know Jesus well. When we know Him, no matter the trial we are walking through, we will cry out, “I don’t care, just give me Jesus.” How often is that the cry of our hearts? How often do we pray that the Spirit will open our eyes to know Christ?
It’s true that this life is full of hardship, and it is true that heaven will be full of everlasting joy. But we can have joy in Christ now. The Gospel is not a promise of misery and endurance for a future hope. It is a call to future hope that produces endurance and joy now even in the midst of trials.
Ultimately, the sovereignty and satisfaction of Jesus are wed at the cross. And this salvation will be our anthem in glory.
“And they sang a new song saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom an priests to our God, and they shall reign upon the earth.” (Rev. 5:9)
-(Sermon by) Daniel Gillespie
photo credit: https://www.brianseagraves.com/unapologetic-podcast/episode-30-was-the-cross-a-failure