Five Solas of the Reformation

We’re excited to remember how God has providentially preserved his truth throughout the history of the Church. In October of 1517 a German monk nailed his 95 Theses to the Wittenberg door to express his intent to debate the heresies of the Roman Church. Martin Luther, along with many other men and women in Europe soon were used by God to bring back orthodox biblical doctrine to the Church. And this is something that we who follow in their Protestant lines still enjoy today.

This series addresses the “Five Solas” of the Reformation: Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone), Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), Sola Christus (Christ Alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (To the Glory of God Alone).

Soli Deo Gloria

Romans 8:28-39

by Alan Sherban

In case there is any confusion concerning the true nature of Justification, the idea of Soli Deo Gloria (to God alone be glory) will clearly illumine the fact that he alone is glorified in that he alone accomplishes and applies everything the sinner needs, apart from any cooperation.

Solus Christus

2 Corinthians 5:21

by Alan Sherban

The foundational doctrinal distinctive of the Reformation is Solus Christus, which is essentially an orthodox understanding of the Christian's union with Christ. Apart from being united to Christ, there is nothing but the just wrath of God upon us all. But in Christ we have all sufficiency for being right with God.

Sola Gratia

Ephesians 2:1-10

by Alan Sherban

New life, faith, justification, and the whole of our salvation is completely a work of God's grace alone. The purpose of this is so that we might not boast, but might instead be to the praise of his glory.

Sola Fide

Romans 4

by Alan Sherban

Justification refers to God considering a sinner to be fit for fellowship with him, and he grants this status solely upon the basis of the person and work of Christ, through the means of faith alone apart from any human work at all.

Sola Scriptura

Romans 10:17

by Alan Sherban

The Bible and the Bible alone is the sole authority for all matters concerning the souls of mankind and the Church of Christ. We know this perhaps most vividly from the fact that by no other means can we be saved than through the Word of Christ.