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

Why Must it be Christ Alone? The Five Solas of the Reformation 
Shaun Marksbury | Grace Bible Church
Sunday Morning Service | 22 October, 2017

In medieval theology, especially in the midst of death from famine and plague, Christ had taken on more of judgmental role.  That is, Christ seemed less immanent, more distant, a transcendent Judge, angry with humanity.  To placate His wrath, the most godly of individuals would need to intercede on the behalf of the lowly.  Mary, the mother of Jesus, quickly becoming more transcendent herself, could calm her Son.  The saints who had passed on to the Throne could also take prayers with them for those on earth.  All these become mediators between man and Christ, Who is the mediator between man and the Father.  Even today, Catholics will liken prayers to the dead to asking someone alive to pray on your behalf; they seek others to help them with God and Christ.

Of course, if you don’t hold to sola scriptura, you will have no way of answering this question.  You can trust the opinions of some of your favorite teachers, or you can trust the power of your own logical faculties, or you can trust your feelings.  However, at the end of the day, you’ll never know if you have the correct answer about Christ if you don’t trust in the Word of Scripture.

So, what did Christ have to say about all of this?  He identifies Himself as the Good Shepherd of His sheep.  Let’s turn to John 10 to see what He said exactly.

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