GRACE ALONE, FAITH ALONE,
These three elements were the catch cry of the Reformation – Sola gratia, Sola fide, Sola Christo.
Should we be confused? Which one saves us? Is it Christ? Is it God’s grace? Is it faith? Answer? All three!
And the question is “How can that be?”
Very simple. Here’s the parallel.
There is only one God but he is made up of three persons in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. Not three Gods but one God with three ‘parts’.
So then, there is one salvation but made up of three parts – God’s grace, Christ, and Christ’s faith.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Eph 2:8
Now, who’s faith saves? It is Christ and his faith, not our own.
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Gal 2:16
There we have it – God’s grace, Christ and Christ’s faith.
Three in one and one in three – one salvation with the three parts of grace, Christ and faith.
By HARLEY HITCHCOCK