Sola Fide (Protestant Reformation) – Matt Chandler

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Did Jesus preach Paul’s Gospel? by John Piper (An important sermon)

From Together for the Gospel 2010 Conference. Read entire sermon here at the website

The aim of my title is not to criticize the gospel of evangelicalism but to assume that it is biblical and true, and then to ask whether Jesus preached it. If I had it to do over again, I would use the title “Did Jesus Preach Paul’s Gospel?”—the gospel of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, on the basis of Christ’s blood and righteousness alone, for the glory of God alone.

What I am driven by in this message, and in much of my thinking since my days in graduate school in Germany, is the conviction that Jesus and Paul preached the same gospel. There is a 300-year history among critical scholars of claiming that Jesus’ message and work was one thing, and what the early church made of it was another. Jesus brought the kingdom; it aborted; and the apostles substituted an institution, the church. And dozens of variations along this line.

Did Paul Get Jesus Right?

So the problem I am wrestling with is not whether evangelicalism gets Paul’s gospel right, but whether Paul got Jesus’ gospel right. Because I have a sense that among the reasons that some are losing a grip on the gospel today is not only the suspicion that we are forcing it into traditional doctrinal categories rather than biblical ones, but also that in our default to Pauline categories we are selling Jesus short. In other words, for some—perhaps many—there is the suspicion (or even conviction) that justification by faith alone is part of Paul’s gospel, but not part of Jesus’ gospel. And in feeling that way, our commitment to the doctrine is weakened, and we are thus less passionate to preach it and defend it as essential to the gospel. And we may even think that Jesus’ call to sacrificial kingdom obedience is more radical and more transforming than the gospel of justification by faith alone.

So I am starting where R. C. Sproul left off in his message to us yesterday. And I consider this message as an exegetical extension and defense of what he said: “If you don’t have imputation, you don’t have sola fide (faith alone), and if you don’t have sola fide, you don’t have the gospel.” And my goal is to argue that Jesus preached the gospel of justification by faith alone apart from works of the law, understood as the imputation of his righteousness through faith alone.

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A Word About Method

First, a word about method. One of my goals in this message is to fire you up for serious lifelong meditation on the four Gospels as they stand. I am so jealous that you not get sidetracked into peeling away the so-called layers of tradition to find the so-called historical Jesus. I want you to feel the truth and depth and wonder that awaits your lifelong labor of love in pondering the inexhaustible portraits of Jesus given us by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

After spending 12 years of my life in the heady atmosphere of academic biblical studies, here is the conviction I came away with—and it has been confirmed every year of my life for 30 years. I commend it to you. It’s the basis of the exposition I am about to give.

If you interpret faithfully the deeds and the words of Jesus as he is portrayed in the four Gospels, your portrait of Jesus will be historically and theologically more in accord with who he really was and what he really did than all the varied portraits of all the critical scholars who attempt to reconstruct a Jesus of history behind the Gospels.

Or to state it even more positively: If, by means of historical and grammatical effort, accompanied with the Spirit’s illumination of what is really there, you understand the accounts of the four Gospels as they stand, you will know the Jesus who really was and what he taught.

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The Five Solas with Dr.Alan Cairns and Sean Higgins

Sola scriptura (Scripture alone)      Dr. Alan Cairns

Dr. Cairns deals with foundation principles. The first one is the centrality of the Word of God as our rule of faith and practice.

Sola scriptura (Latin ablative, „by scripture alone”) is the doctrine that the Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness. Rather, it simply demands that all other authorities are subordinate to, and are to be corrected by, the written word.

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Solus Christus (by Christ alone) Sean Higgins

Sean Higgins Faith Bible Church
Solus Christus is the teaching that Christ is the only mediator between God and man, and that there is salvation through no other (hence, the phrase is sometimes rendered in the ablative case, solo Christo, meaning that salvation is „by Christ alone”).

Sola Fide (by Faith Alone)               Dr. Alan Cairns

Mankind’s sinful state before God has no self-made remedy in whole or in part. Justification – a legal declaration of right standing before God – comes through faith only. Good works before or after coming to faith in Jesus Christ does nothing to attain or sustain our salvation which came through faith alone. Notwithstanding, good works are a result of saving faith. One statement of the Protestant Reformation stated it this way: „Faith alone saves, but faith is not alone.” Another way to illustrate this is to show, in contrast, the Protestant formula versus the Roman Catholic. „Faith yields justification and good works” is far different than the Catholic „Faith and good works yield justification.” Martin Luther was highly focused on this Sola, as the Roman Catholic error had become the norm of his day.

Sola Gratia (by grace alone) –         Dr. Alan Cairns

Sola Gratia (by grace alone) – Dr. Alan Cairns
Though the Roman church taught that Mass is a „sacrifice [which] is truly propitiatory” and that by the Mass „God…grant[s] us grace and the gift of penitence, remits our faults and even our enormous sins” – the reformers returned to the biblical doctrine of salvation by grace through faith.

Soli Deo Gloria (For the Glory of God Alone) Sean Higgins

Soli Deo Gloria! For the Glory of God Alone
The Reformation reclaimed the Scriptural teaching of the sovereignty of God over every aspect of the believer’s life.

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