Solus Christus and the Protestant Reformation
This year, Calvary again had the privilege of hosting the TMAI Symposium, under the theme “Christ Alone: The Uniqueness of the Gospel and Its Impact on World Missions.” This great truth, Solus Christus, was THE great cry of the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago, along with Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone).
As I listened to some of the sessions, I was reminded of the fact that some 2,000 years ago, “Christ Alone” really was what Jesus Himself (then in the flesh) taught His disciples. During His earthly ministry, He revealed to them WHO He was (and is), and WHAT His Purpose was, and the significance of these great truths for their individual lives. As His followers, they were to cease “exalting self” and instead “exalt Him” above all things. If following Christ means anything, it is, by faith, transferring trust in the great idol of “self” and directing it to Christ Alone!
As Michael Reeves put it during His session, our task as believers is “to winsomely preach Christ Alone.” I would add, that Christ’s Person and Work may be treasured in our hearts. It is only when Christ is the “all-satisfying” Savior of our souls, and we lovingly submit to His commandments which are not burdensome, we become like Him. We preach Christ to one another, “so that we might present every man [or woman] complete in Christ” (Col 1:28).
During this year, when we celebrate the amazing Reformation of 500 years ago, may our cry as a church be the same, “Christ Alone.”