πŸ‘‘ Sola Fide

β€œFor by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).

OnΒ October 31, 2017, we Bible believers celebrate the 500thΒ anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation!

The third Reformation principle, β€œsola fide” (Latin, β€œfaith alone”), protests the well-known Roman Catholic mishandling of JamesΒ 2:24. β€œA man is justified by faith and works” is clearly written toΒ IsraelΒ (chapter 1, verse 1). Following God’s instructions to others isΒ surelyΒ destructive. Lost people wake up in eternal hellfireΒ quoting Scripture (including JamesΒ 2:24!).

In this the Dispensation of God’s Grace,Β salvation is by grace through faith plus nothing. Romans chapter 3:Β β€œ[26] To declare, I say, at this time [God’s]Β righteousness: that he might be just, andΒ the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. [27] Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but byΒ the law of faith. [28] Therefore we conclude thatΒ a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.”

Our Apostle Paul (RomansΒ 11:13) continues in chapter 4:Β β€œ[3] For what saith the scripture?Β [Sola Scriptura!]Β Abraham believed GodΒ [Sola Fide!], and it was counted unto him for righteousness. [4] Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of graceΒ [Sola Gratia!], but of debt. [5] But to him that worketh notΒ [Sola Fide!], but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodlyΒ [Sola Fide!], his faithΒ [Sola Fide!]Β is counted for righteousness.”Rather than having religious self-righteousness (Romans 10:1-3), remember that Heaven is gained byΒ faith alone in Christ’s righteousnessΒ alone!Β β€œChrist died for our sins, He was buried, and He rose again the third day” (1 Corinthians 15:3,4).

The Reformers, while lacking the more perfect Bible understanding we enjoy, nevertheless walked in the spiritual light they had. They understood justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Romans chapters 1-5). In the 500 years since, we have recovered the rest of the Book of Romans that religious tradition had stifled (chapters 6-16β€”victorious Christian identity and living, differences between Israel and the Body of Christ, and grace principles for various life situations). Brethren, let us walk in the lightΒ weΒ have, further building on the Reformers’ efforts! source

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