GRACE ALONE! FAITH ALONE! CHRIST ALONE! SCRIPTURE ALONE! GLORY TO GOD ALONE!
Those things seem paradoxical, don’t they? They are the five solos (to put it in English) of Reformed or Biblical doctrine. They’re paradoxical because each is mentioned alone, yet they definitely go together. Actually they are sequential, and must be taken in sequence in order to be properly understood.
- Grace alone! God’s irresistible grace is the start of this sequential process. (John 6:37) “All that the the Father gives me shall come to me, and he who comes to me I will in no wise cast out.”
- Faith alone! We are drawn by grace to behold the Lord Jesus Christ by faith, i.e., to believe that He is who the Bible says He is! (Acts 20:21) Paul, both publicly, and from house to house went, “Testifying to Jews and Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ.”
- Jesus alone saves us! (Acts 4:12) “Neither is there salvation in any other, for their is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”
- Scripture alone is our guide for faith and the practice of that faith! (2 Timothy 3:16,17) “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
- Glory to God alone! (Isaiah 42:8) “I am the Lord, that is my name; and my glory I will not give to another, nor my praise to carved images.”
If God has given you ears to hear, you will read concerning the five solos, agree with God, and thank Him for his “Unspeakable gift.” In the light of such plain statements, from the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit Himself, how can we possibly do otherwise?
“Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus our Blessed Redeemer! (Fanny Crosby)
As ever, with love from a sinner saved by grace. Bill