*This article was originally published 10/31/2012 at A Little R & R*
*Today's guest post is brought to you by Melissa from Life With the Suttons*
I asked Melissa to write a post about the Reformation. Many churches in Croatia can trace their roots back to the Reformation - my church is one of them. We actually have a name for these churches, "Church of the Reformation Heritage".
Martin Luther was the man
that started the entire reformation by nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the
Castle Church in Worms Germany. This document listed 95 errors that he
discovered were being taught and confessed in the Roman Catholic Church. Here are the 5 Solas that came about due to
By Scripture Alone
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for
teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2
The Bible is the inherent, inspired word of God. From
which we are to learn all that God desires for us to know. From this word we
learn of our sin and the need for salvation. We discover how faithful God is as
we study the Old Testament and we discover his mercy as he sends his Son to
fulfill the promise of a savior in the New Testament.
By Faith Alone
For by grace you have been saved through faith and
that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should
boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
It is not a decision for
Christ but God sending the Holy Spirit to work faith in our hearts as we hear
the gospel that leads us to believe in Christ.
It is hard for us in our sinful nature to realize that there is nothing
we can do in and of ourselves to gain forgiveness and eternal life in heaven.
It is only through what Christ has done for us that we have the hope that is
within us of eternity in heaven.
By Grace Alone
But when the goodness and loving
kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of works
done by us in righteousness, but according to his own
mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy
Spirit, 6 whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope
of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7
Once again it is by the Grace
of God that we have been saved. We cannot do enough good deeds to earn our way
into heaven. In fact no good is found
in me apart from Christ Jesus.
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except
through me. John 14:6
is only because Jesus came to this earth and lived a perfect life in our place.
Suffered and died on the cross at Calvary and rose again on the third day that
we are able to be forgiven and the gates of heaven have been thrown open!
Sola Deo Gloria
To God alone be the Glory
36 For from him and through him and to him are all
things. To him be glory forever. Amen. Romans 11:36
Paul wrote these words and they are the epitome
of what the 5 Solas point to. Everything we see is from God alone. And He
should be given credit for all that he made. He alone provided a way out from
our sin. We did not come up with it on our own.
These 5 Solas are confessed by many Christian
bodies today. The Lord prepared Martin Luther to hold stead fast to the truths
that was revealed to him through the Holy Scriptures. In fact when he was about
to be excommunicated and was asked to recant his theses he responded in this
“My conscience is captive to the Word of God. I
cannot recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe.
Here I stand. I cannot do otherwise. God help me Amen!”
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