Okay, so now we know, thanks to the Five Solas of the Reformation, that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, but the next logical question to ask is, “faith in whom?”
Have no fear, my friends. I come bearing biblical truth. Feast your eyes upon these delicious nuggets from God’s Word and be filled!
The answer to the question “faith in whom?” is contained within the confines of our next sola: solus Christus. By Christ alone!
The Bible — sola Scriptura — makes it clear from cover to cover, there’s only one Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 4:12)
In order for totally depraved sinners — dirtbags like me — to escape the wrath of God that is well earned and deserved, we need someone to become a substitute, a person who is innocent and has earned the righteousness that we on our own could not procure. (Eph 2:8-10)
A righteous, loving, holy, perfect new federal head to represent the human race, willing to go and pay the just penalty for covenant-breakers and give us His righteousness that we might stand before God, declared justified.(Rom. 5:1)
This is precisely what was accomplished by Jesus Christ in His perfect life of obedience to God’s law, along with His work on the cross, and His resurrection from the dead.
Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone. There’s nothing in all of creation that can reconcile us to God, that can can take away the penalty of sin but the sacrifice of the sinless, eternally pre-existent Son of God. (Rom. 5: 6-11)
Your works, your “obedience” to the law, are utterly impotent — yes, impotent — and totally incapable of making you right with your Creator, the righteous Judge of the universe whom you have offended by both your self-righteous attempts to earn His favor coupled with your outright rebellion against His righteous rule.
No, you cannot earn your way into heaven. Instead, you must depend on the works of another, God’s only Son, Jesus, and it is through Him alone that you can boldly approach the Father and have relationship with Him. (John 14:6)
Contrary to the nonsense you hear from popular culture today, there are not “many paths to God.” In fact, Jesus has made it quite clear the only way to God is through faith in His life, death, burial, and resurrection.
Jesus wasn’t “hip” to all of that “inclusiveness” jive. Do people still say “jive?” No? Ah well…
Anyway, Jesus, and by extension the Christian faith, are actually, quite clearly — in one sense — exclusive. The only way into the club is through faith in the Son of God’s death on the cross. Heaven is VIP only, and without the special stamp of the King of Glory, you aren’t getting in, no matter how much you beg.
Now, in another sense, Christianity is open, in that it is for all people groups, races, and so on and so on. However, the only way to be saved is still through faith in Christ alone. (Matt 28:19)
So to summarize, salvation is by grace alone (a gift of God ) by faith alone (not by works ), in Jesus Christ alone (no other Savior exists).
And we know this is true because it says so in God’s infallible Word (sola Scriptura ) which gives us all we need to know to be saved and live a life pleasing to God.
At this point you might be wondering, “why did God do all of this?” We’ll discuss the answer in the next installment!