Updated: Jan 28
Welcome to part three of the five solas! In the previous two weeks we have covered Sola Scriptura - Scripture alone, and Sola Fide - through faith alone. After seeing that Scripture is the supreme and final authority on how salvation is presented to us, and that it is through the faith that God has granted us that we are saved, we will now take a look at Sola Gratia - through grace alone.
Since we already know we are to look at Scripture to find the answers to any and all matters pertaining to salvation, lets see what we can find about the grace of God.
8 "For by grace ye are saved through faith; and not that of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
That makes it pretty clear, right? Salvation is given to us through the faith that God has put in our hearts, and by His grace that is poured out onto us. Paul takes it a step further in verse 9 by saying salvation is not obtained by works, meaning that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves. It is 100% up to God.
Until God's grace is seen for how amazing and wonderful it truly is, we will remain blind in our sinful lives. The good news is that God's love and grace is enough to open the eyes of anyone, no matter how much their sins are blinding them.
From this we can see that from beginning to end, the act of salvation is the sovereign gift of God to the undeserving sinners such as you and I. Notice in the verse above that both grace and faith are "gift from God." Like I mentioned last week in the Sola Fide post, we will not wake up one day and just decide to have faith in Christ, that is a gift that God will give us. Just as our faith is a gift from God, so is His grace. Without understanding the love He has for us we cannot possibly grasp what His grace does for us.
Not only does His grace bring us salvation, but it also continues to work throughout our lives after salvation. His grace will begin to sanctify us, cause our desires to change, and allow us to live with the intent on seeking His will and glorifying Him in all we do. Do you see why they call it "Amazing Grace" now?
To wrap up, we can look to Scripture and see that it is through our faith alone, and by God's grace alone that we are saved. Our faith and His grace are gifts from God, showing that salvation is not ours to take, but His to give. We can also look to Scripture to see that He will give these gifts of faith and grace to "whosoever believeth" (John 3:16) and that salvation is available to all. This is why we must go out and tell the world of the good news. Spreading the gospel to sinners will plant the seed which will then be nurtured by the Holy Spirit and eventually grow into the faith needed to receive God's grace. Do you see how all of this works together now?
Join us next week as we head into the fourth of the five Solas, which is Solus Christus - Christ alone.
- Kevin Robbins