Weekly Church Devotion from Pastor Haydn Sennitt –
“The Five Solas of the Reformation: Grace Alone”
Last week we looked at the glorious truth that salvation by Christ is by faith alone. Faith, in Greek, comes from the word pistis, which means to trust. Faith is a wonderful thing, but sadly people have faith in a lot of foolish things. You may have a lot of faith in a broken chair, but no matter how much faith you invest in it, the thing will still let you down when you sit on it. As such, the quantity and quality of faith does not make its object more trustworthy!
When it comes to being Christian, what is it that we have faith in? Well, yes, the answer to that is Jesus; but what is it that Jesus delivers us? When we come to God through Jesus, it is grace that we receive by faith. Grace is God’s favour to us, and we receive it by trusting in all of Jesus’ good works. Romans 3:20a tells us that plans to be made right with God through our own good works are doomed from the beginning: “For by works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight”.
When a person puts his trust in Jesus, his sins are thrown away like a rock dumped to the bottom of the deepest ocean (Micah 7:19). All in Jesus are “justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus … to be received by faith” (Romans 2:24-25, ESV). This tells us that God’s salvation is an unearned gift. And it is received by faith, to just simply be received.
If you are a Christian and think you have earned God’s grace, then you have not understood it, because are saved by grace alone; not one of our “good deeds” has contributed to us gaining God’s favour. (In fact, they’ve deserved the very opposite.) Imagine getting a new $70,000 car for Christmas from a generous relative, and then offering to ‘pay it off’ afterwards – wouldn’t that be an insult to the giver? This is what grace is like. We can never ‘pay God back’ for it because that would be the ultimate insult (Ephesians 2:9).
Let us bask in the goodness of God’s generous grace, and live with thankfulness to Him who has lavished us with His favour by sending His Son Jesus to us, even in spite of all our sins against Him!
~ God bless, Pastor Haydn.