We’ll continue this week with the fourth of five “Solas”, Solus Christus (sometimes written as Solo Christo)
I think Mark Bell has done an outstanding job of summing up how the other Solas tie into Solus Christus:
“Grace Alone, Faith Alone, and Christ Alone are tightly connected. Notice the prepositions in the following sentence: Salvation is by Grace Alone through Faith Alone in Christ Alone. That is solid, biblical Christianity!”
Solus Christus is the belief that our salvation comes ONLY through Christ:
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” – the words of Jesus in John 14:6.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” – Acts 4:12. (The Apostle Peter)
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” – 1 Tim. 2:5 (The Apostle Paul)
Can’t get much clearer than that! There aren’t multiple paths to heaven. (Other religions, spiritualities), there isn’t even anything which HELPS Christ save you (works, saints, priests, money, good intentions, etc.).
Christianity is incredibly *inclusive* in that all are called to come to Christ, and all who call upon the name of the Lord will be saved. However, it’s entirely *exclusive* in its path: Solus Christus.
While few of us would argue that something or someone other than Jesus is capable of saving us, or that “all religions are paths which lead to truth/heaven” (Oprah Winfrey’s generic spirituality), how we live this out in our daily lives (and unfortunately even in our church lives) is often at odds:
Do we view Christ as central in our view of scripture?
1. The Bible is about Jesus:
“And beginning with Moses and the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” – Luke 24:27.
“You diligently search the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me” – John 5:39.
“We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph” – John 1:45.
It is evident in these and other passages that Jesus claimed that HE was the major subject of the Old Testament Scriptures—from Moses all the way through the prophets. He believed that they were all writing about him! This is either grandiose monomania, or he was giving his hearers the key to understanding what the whole Old Testament is all about. (Rod Rosenbladt, Christ Alone)
So when you read the story of David, you aren’t David. David was a real, historical, man who killed a real, historical, giant. Your problems aren’t your “Goliaths”.
You aren’t Daniel. Your struggles are not your “Lions Den”.
Jesus is the better David. Jesus is the better Daniel. Jesus is the hero of the Bible. The scriptures, according to Jesus himself, are about…. HIM!
The problem with seeing yourself, rather than Christ as the hero of these stories? It’s not only narcissistic (all about you), and legalistic (commanding you to *do* rather than focusing on what has been *done*), it’s setting you up for failure. Be honest with yourself, if you truly face giants in your life, you don’t kill them with your stone, you miss. Often. Repeatedly. Rather than tell you to throw more stones harder, turn your focus to the better David, Christ. Christ, who conquered the giants of sin, death, and the grave!
Let that sink in. When you read the bible, are you looking for Christ and his supremacy, or are you looking for “life tips” and seeing yourself as the hero? Big question. Big difference. If you don’t get what Jesus was saying about being supreme in scripture, you’ll begin to see yourself in the storyline, and you’ll focus on your giants, and your performance… or you’ll see Christ as supreme, see Him as the hero of each story, the better Adam, the better David, the better Daniel, the better Jonah.. and you’ll give Him glory for what He has done and for the grace he extends as victor over death, sin, and the grave.
Think about it.