SERMON: Why Must it be Grace Alone? The Five Solas of the Reformation

Why Must it be Grace Alone? The Five Solas of the Reformation 
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | 8 October, 2017

Ephesians 2:1-10

No one can deny that “grace” is a keyword for this passage, occurring three times, and that it’s a central tenant of salvation.  Accordingly, Roman Catholicism affirms that one is saved by grace.  However, you will hear that God’s grace is a force mysteriously present in the sacraments that is imparted or infused into you while you’re partaking the sacraments.  So, you’ll need to go to mass and be baptized, partake in the Eucharist, perform penance for your sins, etc., in order to have any hope for salvation.  At the end of your life, someone in good standing in the church will be saved by all of God’s grace he’s stored up.  So, it would be more accurate to say that, in Roman Catholicism, a person is saved by God’s grace plus personal works.

Not only was none of this present in what we read, it runs completely contrary to it.  It ignores our true condition before God, and it robs God of the glory of His work.  What we read here in Ephesians 2 is that God saves us by His grace despite who we were, because of Who He is, and He does so alone.

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