Soli Deo Gloria

Soli Deo Gloria

Glory belongs to God alone

This means that everything we do, and even the reason we exist, is for God’s glory alone and never for ourselves or any other person or institution.

‘I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols.’ (Isaiah 42:8)

God’s glory is the central motivation for salvation. He is not a means to an end; God IS the means AND the end. ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.’ (Revelation 22:13)

The goal of all of life is to give glory to God alone: ‘Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.’ (1 Corinthians 10:31)

I can’t help but wonder how it would change our lives – how it would change my life! – if the principle of Soli Deo Gloria was at the forefront of everything I think and do.

‘Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable His judgments and His paths beyond tracing out!
Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counsellor?
Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?
For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever! Amen.’
(Romans 11:33-36)

• Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
The only foundation: Scripture is the only infallible and sufficient rule for governing issues of life and doctrine.

• Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
The only method: Our salvation is solely by the sovereign grace of God and not dependent on any action or condition man provides.

• 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.