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Solus Christus: Only by Christ

Solus Christus: Only by Christ

Matthew 11:25-30

The emphasis of the Reformation was to untangle the rat’s nest of tradition, theology, and practice that made the simple teaching of God’s Word almost impossible to follow. The Reformation helps us understand that when it comes to SALVATION, Scripture Is Our Only Foundation, Faith Is Our Only Means; and Grace Is Our Only Method. But God didn’t just decide to give us a set of IKEA instructions and expect us to figure it out on our own. Instead, God became human like us to SHOW us how He put Salvation together.

Why Do We NEED Christ For Salvation?

HE ALONE Can Make Us Clean ~ Matthew 11:25

  • little children: Jesus loves me, vs 2: HE will wash away my sin
  • (Isa.53:5-6) But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

HE ALONE Can Make God Glad ~ Matthew 11:26

  • Lifting up the Son makes the Father GLAD
  • (John 14:6) Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

HE ALONE Chooses Us To Know God ~ Matthew 11:27

  • Jesus CHOOSES us to know the Father
  • (1Tim 2:5) For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

HE ALONE Pays For Our Sin ~ Matthew 11:28

  • Come to me ALL
  • (1John 2:1-2) My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense– Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

HE ALONE Is The Truth ~ Matthew 11:29

  • “Learn from Me”; everything is held in place by Him (capstone)
  • (Acts 4:10-12) then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

HE ALONE Is The Way ~ Matthew 11:30

  • we don’t LEAD; We’re LINKED; a yoked ox team

It is not written, “He that believeth on Jesus nine parts out of ten, and on himself for the other tenth.” No! “Whosoever believeth on him”−on him alone. Jesus will never be a part Saviour. We must not rest in part upon what we hope to do in the future, nor in part upon the efficacy of an outward ceremony. No! The faith must be “on him.” (The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit. Vol. 36, 281)

Ask yourself: are you trusting in “being good enough” for God? I’m sure you haven’t done anything **really** heinous, but have you been PERFECT? Because that’s the standard! And if you’ve fallen short of PERFECTION, you are headed to the outer darkness all on your own worth. It is ONLY BY CHRIST that we enter into the Father’s Presence. It is the Church of Jesus Christ. Period!


Pastor Ed Backell

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