In Christ alone
It’s through God’s unmerited grace and faith in Christ’s redemptive work on the cross that we are saved. No works on our part and no religion, however worthy, can impart salvation and make us right with God. The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ is the one and only mediator between God and sinful humanity. ‘Salvation is found in no one else [than Christ], for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.’ (Acts 4:12)
Indeed, Jesus said of Himself, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ (John 14:6)
It is Christ alone who established our faith so that our sins might be expunged and that we can be reconciled with God the Father. ‘For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.’ (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
And just as faith has an ongoing place in our Christian life, so also does Christ’s intercession for us. He didn’t just establish our faith but He continues to work in us.
‘Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.’ (Hebrews 12:2)
This is expertly summed up in Paul’s letter to the Colossians.
‘For He [God] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.
He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.’(Colossians 1:13-20)
• 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.
• Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)
The only ambition: All glory and honour are due to God alone.