UPWARD GLANCE: Soli Deo Gloria

Posted by Kyle on January 18, 2013

It is not uncommon, and even understandable, that we would wonder what the will of God is. I’ll even go so far as to say that, in a specific sense, it’s hard to tell. However, the whole, “No one knows the will of God. He/She/It’s just so mysterious,” argument is a cop-out that I have a hard time tolerating.

We can be very sure, at least in a general sense, what God wants, and that’s the subject of the fifth of the 5 Solas: Soli Deo Gloria. It means, “Only the Glory of God.”


UPWARD GLANCE: Solo Christo

Posted by Kyle on January 16, 2013

I trust that you, like me, do not live under the delusion that you are perfect.

No one is. In fact, the Bible says that no one is even good.

This presents a bit a quandary. God is perfect. God is good. He is so perfect and so good that he can’t stand to be around anything that isn’t perfect and good. Psalm 5:5 says, “The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity.”

Yes, you read that correctly. God hates! Don't worry too much, though. There's hope.


UPWARD GLANCE: Sola Fide

Posted by Kyle on January 14, 2013

Sola Fide means “Only Faith.”

Martin Luther is most commonly associated with the Reformation as a whole, and with the Solas in particular. Whether he should be is debatable, but his contribution to rescuing the idea that salvation comes by Faith alone cannot be questioned.


UPWARD GLANCE: Sola Gratia

Posted by Kyle on January 12, 2013

The next two solas are stated in Scripture most explicitly in Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

Sola Gratia means “Only Grace.”


UPWARD GLANCE: Sola Scriptura

Posted by Kyle on January 9, 2013

The first of the five solas is Sola Scriptura. It means, “Only Scripture.”

The idea is this: everything we can possibly know about God, our relationship with Him, the supernatural and moral living in this world can only be found in the 66 canonical books of the Bible. Everything else that makes claims regarding God, man’s relationship to God, the supernatural or moral living must agree with Scripture before it is accepted as truth.