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Journal: Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
Volume: SBJT 19:4 (Winter 2015)
Article: SBJT Forum
Author: Anonymous

SBJT Forum

SBJT: Why Is Solus Christus (Christ Alone) The Sweetest Truth Known To Man?

J. Stephen Yuille is Preaching Pastor, Grace Community Church, Glen Rose, TX. He also serves as the Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY.

J. Stephen Yuille: The Reformation was in many ways a struggle between two Latin words: et (and) and sola (alone). The Roman Catholic Church affirmed the authority of Scripture et tradition, salvation by grace et effort, and justification by faith et works; moreover, it pointed people to Christ et saints, masses, pilgrimages, penances, and indulgences, as the way to obtain favor with God. In marked contrast, the Reformers affirmed solus Christus—Christ is the only Savior. John Calvin spoke well for the Reformed position when he penned: “We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ. […] If we seek strength, it lies in His dominion; if purity, in His conception; if gentleness, it appears in His birth […]. If we seek redemption, it lies in His passion; if acquittal, in His condemnation; if remission of the curse, in His cross; if satisfaction, in His sacrifice; if purification, in His blood; if reconciliation, in His descent into hell; if mortification of the flesh, in His tomb; if newness of life, in His resurrection […]. Let us drink our fill from this fountain, and from no other.”

The Reformers’ emphasis on solus Christus is a much needed tonic in today’s church. Regrettably, an increasing number of evangelicals question the belief that salvation is found in Christ alone. According to one recent survey, two-thirds of evangelicals are comfortable with the following statement: “Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and others all pray to the same God, even though they use different names for that God.” Yet this notion of a “Christ-less” approach to God stands in clear opposition to the testimony of Scripture. As the apostle Paul affirms, “There is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5). Because of our sin, we are cut off from God.

Yet Christ—fully God and fully man—bridged the expanse. He who made all things was carried in the womb of a woman, and he who upholds all things was held in the arms of a woman. He clothed himself with our humanity—body and soul. He came so close as to experience life in a fallen world, bear our sin and shame, and taste death for us. He did all of this as Mediator. The 1689 London Baptist Confession elaborates as follows: “Christ, and...

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