The Five Solas!

December 17, 2016

Reformation Sunday: The Five Solas

During the 16th Century. The reformers were protesting

Protestants . Protestors against Catholicism.

Battle Lines:
Authority: Church Authority VS Biblical Authority
Salvation: Synergy VS Monergy.

God’s Word is interconnected. You can’t talk about one theology with it leading to another theology.

The Five Guides protect us from man-made religion which war against Jesus Christ.

The goal of the world is simple

Anything but Jesus Christ. Pagan religions, secular humanism.
Or Jesus Christ +. . . . . Cults, heresies, TBN, prosperity preachers

Sola Scriptura - Scripture alone
[2Ti 3:16 ESV] All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
[2Ti 3:17 ESV] that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

Concerning divisions in the church:
[1Co 4:6 ESV] I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.

Written Word Inspired by the Holy Spirit.
[2Pe 1:19 ESV] And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts,
[2Pe 1:20 ESV] knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation.
[2Pe 1:21 ESV] For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Sola Christus - Christ alone
Jesus Christ is the only mediator. Penal Substitutionary atonement

[Jhn 14:5 ESV] Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?"
[Jhn 14:6 ESV] Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
[Jhn 14:7 ESV] If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him."

[1Ti 2:5 ESV] For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
[1Ti 2:6 ESV] who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.

Sola Gratia - Grace alone
Unmerited Grace:

[Eph 2:8 ESV] For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
[Eph 2:9 ESV] not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
[Eph 2:10 ESV] For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

God saved me, Despite Me, not because of me.
[Psa 14:2 ESV] The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.
[Psa 14:3 ESV] They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.

Paul Reveals how Grace Works.
[2Co 12:9 ESV] But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
[2Co 12:10 ESV] For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Sola Fide - Faith alone
[Rom 5:1 ESV] Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
[Rom 5:2 ESV] Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

You do not create faith. God gives you Faith
[Rom 12:3 ESV] For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

[1Co 12:9 ESV] to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,

The Disciples Ask Jesus for more Faith.
[Luk 17:5 ESV] The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
[Luk 17:6 ESV] And the Lord said, "If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it would obey you.

[Mar 9:23 ESV] And Jesus said to him, "'If you can'! All things are possible for one who believes."
[Mar 9:24 ESV] Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, "I believe; help my unbelief!"

[Heb 12:1 ESV] Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
[Heb 12:2 ESV] 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.

Soli Deo Gloria - the Glory of God alone

Definition of Glory:
noun, plural glories
1. very great praise, honor, or distinction bestowed by common consent;renown:
to win glory on the field of battle.
2. something that is a source of honor, fame, or admiration; adistinguished ornament or an object of pride:
a sonnet that is one of the glories of English poetry.
3. adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving:
Give glory to God.
4. resplendent beauty or magnificence:
the glory of autumn.

Here is a clue if your theology is heading the wrong way.
You make the case for some inherited goodness.
When I. . .
But Then I . . . .
I am so thankful I. . . . .

It should be.
When God. . . .
In His Mercy, God. . . . .
But then God. . . . .

[1Pe 2:24 ESV] He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
[1Pe 2:25 ESV] For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

An Angel declares to the World. Fear God & Give Him Glory!
[Rev 14:6 ESV] Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.
[Rev 14:7 ESV] And he said with a loud voice, "Fear God and give Him Glory, because the hour of His judgment has come, and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water."

[Jhn 15:7 ESV] If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
[Jhn 15:8 ESV] By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.
[Jhn 15:9 ESV] As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.
[Jhn 15:10 ESV] If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.
[Jhn 15:11 ESV] These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Jesus’ after Judas went off to betray Him.
[Jhn 13:31 ESV] When he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
[Jhn 13:32 ESV] If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.

[Psa 96:4 ESV] For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.
[Psa 96:5 ESV] For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
[Psa 96:6 ESV] Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
[Psa 96:7 ESV] Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
[Psa 96:8 ESV] Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts!
[Psa 96:9 ESV] Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth!
[Psa 96:10 ESV] Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity."
[Psa 96:11 ESV] Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
[Psa 96:12 ESV] let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
[Psa 96:13 ESV] before the LORD, for He comes, for He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness.

[1Co 10:31 ESV] So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

 

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