So, at last, we’re wrapping up our series on the Five Solas of the Reformation, and the icing on this theological cake comes in the form of the phrase, “soli Deo gloria,” which means “to God be the glory alone.”
As we’ve previously established, salvation from the penalty of sin is by grace alone (sola gratia), through faith alone (sola fide), in Jesus Christ alone (solus Christus), and we know this good news because it’s recorded in the Bible (sola Scriptura).
The whole concept of “soli Deo gloria” is a theological declaration of a thoroughly established biblical truth: salvation is all of God, with absolutely no help from mankind.
Man cannot glory in his participation in salvation, because his participation is non-existent. Redemption is totally a work of God, therefore He alone is worthy to receive glory. (Eph. 2:9; 1 Cor. 1:29)
The Arminian believes man must choose God, therefore he plays a teeny, tiny part in his own salvation, so not all of the glory for salvation goes to God. This is simply not biblically true.
We’re dead in our trespasses and sin, incapable of contributing anything to our salvation. Again, this is because we’re spiritually dead. Like deader than a doornail or something of that nature.
Speaking of nature, due to being born dead in sin, totally depraved, we’re slaves to the sin in which we’ve been born, therefore, we cannot in any capacity choose God.
God the Father in His sovereignty chooses us, makes us alive by the Holy Spirit, who then takes the salvific work completed by God the Son and applies it to the elect, imputing His righteousness to them so that they might stand before the Father justified.
Would a volunteer from the audience please stand up and point out the portion of the gospel explanation above where man participates in the plan of redemption?
Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
You can’t find it, because it’s not there!
Salvation is soli Deo gloria! God alone gets all of the glory, honor, and praise for rescuing men from the wrath their sin deserved!
The Five Solas are a God-centered summary of the core truths of the gospel using fancy latin words that make excellent t-shirts.
In summary, salvation is by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, to God’s glory alone, and we know it’s all true because the Bible, God’s infallible Word tells us its so!
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