Christ Alone

We have been saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, according to Scripture alone, for the glory of God alone.

Jesus Christ is our only hope. We will not find any rock-solid hope, any steadfast assurance, any grand salvation outside of the blood of Christ. As the timeless hymn begins: “In Christ alone, my hope is found.” Indeed, it is true.

Though it is one of the doctrines that enrages the prevailing culture, Christians must stand firm in the exclusivity of Jesus Christ. Yes, he is the only way. We have been saved by Christ and Him alone. Nothing or nobody else can save you. Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

Just like other slogans of the Reformation, Christ alone (“solus Christus”) is of utmost importance. If we lose Christ alone, we lose the gospel. Even if the world despises us for it, we must not apologize for believing that it is only through Jesus Christ that man can be saved.

Ask yourself: do you believe Jesus’ words? He speaks to this issue no clearer than in John 14:6.

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (CSB‬‬).

Jesus Christ is the only way. Salvation is through Him and Him alone. There is no other way. Nobody gets to Heaven, to the Father, except by the merits of Christ.

Acts 4:12 further demonstrates this:

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved (CSB‬‬).

There is no other name by which people can be saved. Not Buddha, Gandhi, Mohammad, Joseph Smith, or any other religious leader. They may be able to say pithy statements and sound super spiritual, but they have no power to save you, primarily because they are . . . dead. Jesus is alive! Only Jesus saves. Their teachings only lead astray. Jesus’ teachings lead to eternal life.

“Christ alone can bring everlasting peace,” the late Billy Graham, world famous evangelist once said, “peace with God, peace among men and nations, and peace within our hearts.”

Only Jesus Christ will bring the “peace that surpasses all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). If there is no Jesus, there is no peace. If there is no Jesus, there is no salvation. If there is no Jesus, there is no glory.

Friends, understand something: it is the work of Christ, and Him alone, that makes us right before God. His perfect life, His atoning death, His victorious resurrection — these are the only things that bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18). We receive His perfect life by imputation, His death paid for our sins, and we have a steadfast hope of our own resurrection because He resurrected!

He is our only hope. If Jesus didn’t condescend down to earth, live a righteous life, die a gruesome death, and resurrect three days later, we would all still be doomed to Hell. It’s all by Him alone.

It’s not as if we are saved by Christ plus our merit — we have no merit. We aren’t saved by Christ plus our good deeds — we have no good deeds. We weren’t saved by Christ and baptism — baptism has no saving power. It is by the merits of Christ, and Him alone, that man is saved.

We put all our hope in Christ, all our faith in Christ, all our trust in Christ. Our dependence rests fully in Christ — and Him alone.

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In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

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