We continue to consider the Five Solas of the Reformation. In recent weeks, we have covered Sola Scriptura – the Scriptures alone, Sola Fide – by faith alone, and Sola Gratia – by grace alone. We now turn our attention to Solo Christo – through Christ alone.
Acts 4:12 – “And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
Some people believe the gods of all religions are essentially different names for the same god. However, Jesus Christ is an actual historical person. Jesus really was born in a stable. He really lived a perfectly holy life. He really died on a cross and rose from the dead three days later. Jesus Christ was not just one of the many names that people use to describe some nondescript god. Jesus Christ is God, and He alone is our Savior. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me (John 14:6).”
Jesus Christ is the only mediator between man and God. We do not gain access to the Father through anyone else. The Bible clearly teaches us to pray to the Father in Jesus’ name. We are not to call upon any other name. While there certainly is a great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1), we do not call upon them in prayer. They are not the object of our faith. That belongs solely to Jesus Christ.
People have come to me hoping I might give them access to God, but I cannot. I am a pastor, but I am not the mediator of salvation. That work belongs only to Jesus. My work is to proclaim salvation through Christ alone and teach people to cry out to Christ alone for their salvation.
Solo Christo my friends! You are saved through Christ alone!
1 Timothy 2:5-6 – For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.