This song is by ‘Sovereign Grace Music’ and it has become a part of my daily devotions. I wanted to unpack the truth in this song, and briefly touch on the five solas of the reformation, that is the foundation for the song.
Your Word alone is solid ground, The mighty rock on which we build. In every line the truth is found And every page with glory filled.
Through faith alone we come to You; We have no merit we can claim. Sure that Your promises are true; We place our hope in Jesus’ name.
Gloria, gloria, glory to God alone Gloria, gloria, glory to God alone
In Christ alone we’re justified; His righteousness is all our plea. Your law’s demands are satisfied; His perfect work has set us free.
By grace alone we have been saved, All that we are has come from You. Hearts that were once by sin enslaved Now by Your pow’r have been made new.
This song is a wonderful depiction of the five solas, coined by Martin Luther in the Reformation. These five solas cut off all human pride, hope in good works for salvation, and point us ultimately to the cross alone in hope of salvation.
Sola Scriptura: (By Scripture Alone) The Scriptures are sufficient, inerrant, and the final authority on all spiritual matters. The Bible is the solid rock that we build our individual lives upon, our families upon, and our churches upon. We need not go anywhere else, but to the word of God!
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” – Matthew 7:24
Sola Fide: (By Faith Alone) It is only by a settled confident trust in the perfect work of Jesus Christ that we come to God. We have nothing good in us, and we have no ability to save ourself. We are totally incapable of good apart from the Lord, therefore, it is only by faith alone that we can please a holy, and righteous God. Our only hope is in Jesus!
“Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.” – Galatians 2:16
Solus Christus: (Through Christ Alone) In the courtroom of the Holy One, it takes a perfect righteousness in order to be justified. Justification is a legal right standing, and since we are all sinners who have broken all of God’s law, we have no hope of this based upon our own merit. But Christ lived a perfect, holy, and righteous life. Perfectly obeying all of the Law, without any sin. He was crucified in the place of sinners, and now His righteous life can be freely given to them. Even more amazingly the sin of the ungodly is put upon Christ, thus satisfying God’s wrath towards sin. The guiltless (Christ) for the guilty (His people), the sinless in place of the sinner. Thus, God is now just, and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. It is only though Christ’s life that we can be accounted as righteous!
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – 2 Corinthians 5:21
“It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” – Romans 3:26
Sola Gratia: (By Grace Alone) We contributed nothing to our salvation, it was a complete and total work of God. We did nothing to deserve it, we did nothing to help God in it, he gave it freely as a gift to be received by faith alone. The reality is, we gave God every reason not to save us. Yet, in His great love and mercy, he saved us, not by our own works, but by the power of the regenerating work of the Spirit. We were dead in our trespasses and sins, unresponsive, unwilling, and by the power of the Holy Spirit we were made alive. To the praise of His glory alone.
“And you were dead in your trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience; among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ; by grace you have been saved- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” – Ephesians 2:1-9
Soli Deo Gloria: (Glory to God Alone) Since we contributed nothing to the saving work of God, it is Him and Him alone who receives all the praise honor and glory. We cannot boast in what we have been given, we can only give back to Him what is due to Him, glory. All things work together for the glory of God’s name, especially our salvation! Glory to God alone!
“I am the Lord; that is my Name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols.” Isaiah 42:8
Thank you Lord, for your Word, for our faith, for Your Son, for Your grace, and we sing to your glory alone!