Solus Christus

After scribbling some notes yesterday about the five solaes of the Reformation – Scripture Alone, Faith Alone, Grace Alone, Christ Alone, To God Alone be the Glory – Pope Francis has helpfully come along with a tweet demonstrating why these points remain vital today.

At his election, there were many, many evangelicals around the world claiming that this pope was a friend to evangelical Christianity, possibly even open to dialogue with the Reformed or Protestant types.   I wonder where these voices are on a day like this?

Mariolatry is dangerous because it invests faith in someone other than Christ to intercedes for us and help us.   Mary is of course blessed, and we ought to thank God for her – the role she played in rearing Jesus is incredible, his human knowledge, his experience of learning, was at her knee.   It is probably not unfair to say that her motherly influence will have shaped parts of Jesus’ character.   She had incredible privileges.

But a mediator she is not.   An intermediary between us and God she is not.   Christ alone carries out these roles.   He alone is the one in whom our faith must be rooted.

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2 thoughts on “Solus Christus

  1. For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. (2 Corinthians 1:20 NASB)
    Jesus already gives us the answer “Yes.” When Father makes a promise, Jesus as Mediator says “Yes, that applies to these, My sheep.” And thus through Christ we can say “Amen, so be it.” Because we have access to the Father by the Spirit through Christ. If Mary says yes, it is only as one of the redeemed, agreeing in hindsight to what God has ordained and established through Christ.
    Yeah, the subject of Mary gets me worked up. Thanks for pointing this out.

    • Hi,
      Thanks for the comment. It is, as you say, helpful to remind ourselves that Mary is one of the redeemed – and all her actions have to be seen in that light. The privileges she had were incredible, but the sorrow must have been equally great. I’ve always paused at Simeon’s words in Luke 2:35, and wondered at the cost.
      Blessings,
      G.

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