To the Glory of God Alone

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

This post is the final installment of a series of posts in the five solas of the Reformation. You can view the other posts here: grace alone, faith alone, Christ alone, Scripture alone.

Did you know that Johann Sebastian Bach, the world-famous composer, put the initials “SDG” at the end of each composition to communicate to all people that his work was done for the glory of God alone?

What is the glory of God? “The glory of God,” John Piper wrote in an article for Ligonier Ministries, “is the holiness of God put on display.” He writes further: “When the holiness of God fills the earth for people to see, it is called glory” (Isaiah 6:3). It is this glory–the glory that reveals God’s holiness as completely “other” than us–that receives all adoration and honor.

Soli Deo Gloria — to (or for) the glory of God alone! This is what the first four solas point to: God’s unfathomable glory. And it is this glory, and this glory alone, that is on full display in the salvation of sinners.

God does not share His glory with anybody else. This isn’t because He is in the “terrible twos” phase of life like my toddler is about to be in. It’s not as if God, the holy Creator of the universe, is “stingy.” No, He does not share His glory with anybody else because He is the Creator of all things! All things come from Him, He sustains all things, and He has the power to give and take life.

Our salvation is owed wholly to God. He initiated it, sustains it, and will perfect it (Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:30). We receive no glory because we had nothing to do with it. It is all God’s doing. Salvation was, is, and always will be a gift of grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Friends, it is God alone that gets the glory. He receives the glory for our life and salvation. Let’s marvel at our God!

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