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“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.” ~Jesus Christ speaking to the Pharisees~ John 5:39
Christ is due the supreme preeminence in everything befitting His supreme nature over everything.
This is what it means to be Christ Centered. To emphasize Christ Alone. Jesus is the center of our spiritual universe.
It is up to today’s reformers to have the courage to influence a more Christ-like Church as the reformers of 500 years ago.
But we will only become more Christ-like if we hear and are told about Christ.
Who is Christ?
Christ is King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. (Revelation 19:16)
He is Immanuel, meaning ,God with us. (Matthew 1:23)
The Five Solus came from the early reformers in response to doctrinal errors that had crept into the Catholic faith.
That is not the best way to define your doctrinal distinctions because you are limited to the perceived errors you are responding to and will likely miss something.
The early church fathers and reformers missed the need to state with absolute certainty that,”in all things Christ might have the preeminence.”
Did the reformers assume that everyone would know Christ was supreme and it need not be said?
I think a close examination of the Five Solas support that theory because they come close to making that statement.
But as they say,”good enough never is.”
The fact is that mankind is prone to selfish pride that wars against our humble Savior’s rightful place in our hearts.
Christ is our religion, it’s all about Him, yet many, maybe most sermons I hear fall short of giving Christ supreme preeminence .
A popular radio preacher, Dr.D.J. can preach about Grace for 20 minutes on the radio without mentioning Christ more than once or twice.
Does D.J. take it for granted we all know Christ brought Grace to mankind?
Or a ministry who primarily focuses on family instead of Christ will talk about relationship issues without mentioning Christ.
Do they imply Christ is not the answer to all that ails mankind?
Do they just assume we all know that only Jesus can fix all that is wrong with society?
Practical advice should be part of the answer, but in Christianity, it should never be the preeminent answer.
Jesus saves, Jesus transforms and Jesus makes all things new.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
(2 Corinthians 5:17)
Here is a short summary of the Five Solus:
Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone
Sola Christus – Christ Alone
Sola Gratia – Grace Alone
Sola Fide – Faith Alone
Sola Deo Gloria – The Glory of God Alone
Each of the Five existing Solas depend on Christ.
Jesus is the Lliving Word of God, the Way, the Truth and the Life. He is the Living Scriptura.
Christ is the one mediator between God and man, the Sola Christos.
Christ’s death and resurrection made God’s Grace available to mankind. Jesus is the Sola Gratia.
Christ said, “believe in Him whom God has sent.” Christ is the Sole Fide, in whom we place our Faith Alone.
Jesus is our bridge to Sola Deo Gloria, Christ is also our one mediator between God and man as we approach the Father in worship, thanksgiving, and praise. Without Christ, we could not know the Father.
“Unwarranted confidence in human ability is a product of fallen human nature … God’s grace in Christ is not merely necessary but is the sole efficient cause of salvation. We confess that human beings are born spiritually dead and are incapable even of cooperating with regenerating grace. We reaffirm that in salvation we are rescued from God’s wrath by his grace alone. It is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit that brings us to Christ by releasing us from our bondage to sin and raising us from spiritual death to spiritual life. We deny that salvation is in any sense a human work. Human methods, techniques or strategies by themselves cannot accomplish this transformation. Faith is not produced by our unregenerated human nature.” – Cambridge Declaration
(Source , http://www.monergism.com/directory/link_category/Five-Solas/)
Christ must take the place of preeminence in all that is Christian.
Our doctrine must relate to Christ and be founded in Christ who is the Author and Finisher of our faith.
“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”(Hebrews 12:2)
Our problems must find their solutions in Christ, and in knowing Him, and becoming like Him as we grow.
“And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:18)
To give preeminence is to place supreme emphasis upon.
The Five Solus deal primarily with redemption and the Biblical basis and authority concerning redemption.
The reformers came very close to making a complete distinction of Christ in this regard, but we cannot afford to assume people know the critical importance of giving Christ preeminence in all things.
We must emphasize Christ as completely as we are called to love Him completely.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”
“We love Him because He first loved us.”
That is why we need The Supreme Sola – The Sixth Sola – Sola Christus Emphainein – Emphasize Christ Alone.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
(As always, I welcome any and all insights regarding this subject.)