By grace alone
This tenet of reformed theology maintains that we can’t obtain salvation by any means, effort or work on our part. It’s only by God’s undeserved grace that we have access to forgiveness and a relationship with Him.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)
No amount of good works can give us access to salvation. And that’s just as well. Think of the thief on the cross next to Christ who accessed this grace in his dying moments. I doubt he’d done many good works in his life! And so it is for us – no matter what we’ve done. There’s a lovely hymn that sums this up beautifully, ‘God’s grace is greater than all my sin’.
While God’s grace may be free, it has an inestimable value because it was so very costly – the death of Christ. It’s also truly miraculous because He offered this grace when we were fully estranged from Him and dead in sin.
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8) (This verse gets me every time!)
May we never forget the cost and the value of God’s extraordinary and incomparable grace.
• Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
The only foundation: Scripture is the only infallible and sufficient rule for governing issues of life and doctrine.
• Sola Fide (Faith Alone)
The only means: Our justification before God is by faith in Christ alone and not by works.
• Solus Christus (Christ Alone)
The only mediator: Jesus Christ is the sole mediator between God and man; salvation is possible only by His death and resurrection.
• Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)
The only ambition: All glory and honour are due to God alone.