In Scripture alone we know we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
In Acts 4:12, Peter and John make the clear proclamation of where salvation is found: “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” What is that name? It is Jesus Christ.
In Christ alone. This means that because Jesus is our Savior, then he is our Lord. If he calls us to move, we move. If he commands us to go, we go. If he tells us to act, we act. No questions.
When the citizens of Rome would greet each other in the streets during the time of the Early Church, those citizens would say to one another, “Caesar is Lord!” It was the type of “hello” and “goodbye” that a hearty “Roll Tide” or “War Eagle” has become in our time and place. When the first Christians were greeted with “Caesar is Lord”, their response was markedly different. Instead of affirming what the worldly powers proclaimed, the early Christians would respond with the words, “Jesus is Lord!”
These words were treason. They threatened the security of the state. They struck at the heart of “law and order” as the political powers understood it. Why? Because the political leaders during the time of the Early Church believed that they themselves were divine. They had, in their estimation, a connection with God and that meant that their decrees and leadership must be followed and worshipped. But Jesus was God. And the followers of Jesus could not serve both the world and God (Matthew 6:24)
The Protestant Reformation was centered upon the truth that man is saved by Christ alone. This means that our lives and service are dedicated to Him alone. The heresy that we as individuals can merit salvation by what we do must always be defeated in our lives. In his Letter to the Galatians, Paul fought against the idea that faith in Christ must be accompanied by works of the flesh (circumcision) to be true. Martin Luther fought against the idea that monetary donations to the church ensures salvation of the soul. In our day, we must always fight the idea that any political or social idea is necessary for us to have and understand rightly salvation in Jesus Christ.
It is clearly and definitively in Christ alone that we have salvation. He is the bridge, the door, the way to eternal life. He is the Christ. May we never forget the sufficiency of Jesus for our salvation and life. Amen.