October 31st is not only All Hallows Eve, it is Reformation Day. On this day, we remember, we should remember, that 497 years ago, a bold priest named Martin Luther challenged the erroneous teaching and practices of the church and stood up to defend the Word of God. Last week, I mentioned the Five Solas, and we focused on Sola Scriptura, which means, “Scripture alone”. Indeed, all five come from the Word of God, as I will now show you.
- Sola scriptura, again, means “Scripture alone”. We believe that only the Bible was “inspired by God” and “God-breathed” as stated in 2 Peter 1:20-21 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
- Sola fide means “faith alone”. We believe that salvation is free to all who accept it by faith, and never based upon a person’s works. Among other verses these ideas are given to us in John 3:16 and Ephesians 2:9.
- Sola gratia means “grace alone”. We believe that it is the grace of God that makes our salvation is possible; it is initiated by God, not by us, as stated in Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
- Solo Christo means “Christ alone.” We believe that salvation is available through Jesus alone. Hebrews 4:15 tells us that Jesus is the eternal High Priest who provides access, and in John 14:6 He said “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
- Soli Deo gloria means “to the glory of God alone.” We believe that the ultimate goal for everything we do, everywhere we go, and everything we say, in all parts of our lives, is to glorify God. This Biblical principle is found in1 Corinthians 10:31: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
These are not the conjured thoughts of men, but understanding of truth, illuminated by the Holy Spirit. May we commit ourselves to standing up and defending God’s Word, even, maybe especially, within the church.