There was one resounding gong that emerged from the reformation. One that has reverberated throughout every denomination of Protestantism since October 31, 1517. Many people since, have never heard of the Five Solae but yet have always believed them. What does the word Sola even mean? Sola is Latin for “Alone”. Let’s take a moment to lookat them as well as where they come from in Scripture:
Sola Gratia – We were saved by grace alone. Salvation is a free gift of God to man. It was nothing that we did or could do for ourselves.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of
works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Sola Fide – We are found righteous by God only by our faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus and his resurrection.
Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:11
Solus Christus – Jesus is the one and only mediator between God and man. Our Salvation is only through his death and resurrection. There is NO other way in which one can be saved. Along with this is the doctrine of the Priesthood of all Believers which states that any believer has direct access to God, without a priest or minister.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 1 Timothy 2:5-6
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9
Sola Scriptura – Scripture alone is the only infallible source of divine (special) revelation. Scripture is the final authority for all matters of faith and practice in life and in the church.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Soli Deo Gloria– All aspects of the lives of Christians are to give God, and God alone glory.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31