2000-02-15 - Sola Fide

The Sola Series, Part 2

Romans 3:28 For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

This is week two of a five week series on Latin slogans of the Christian faith.

This is perhaps the easiest of the five to write about, but I might say that every week … Sola Fide means "Faith Alone." It was a phrase that was used by Martin Luther and demonstrated that the Justification of a sinner (or salvation) is only by faith in the atonement of Christ and can not be gained in anyway by works.

Everything we do we do based on faith. You punched a button on your computer and did it in faith that the computer would respond (I hope it did). That takes faith. If you believed that your computer would not respond, you would not have tried. I know, I have had computer malfunctions before. To use your computer takes faith.

But everything in life takes faith. To jump on a plane and fly to a destination takes faith that the plane is air worthy. You trust that the plane and the crew flying the plane are worthy of your trust, your life hangs in the balance. That is faith.

The above is know as, fides historica, meaning that the plane has a history of making its destinations, therefore I will trust that the time I am on it, it will do as it always has done. This is trusting in the history of what has been trusted in the past.

Saving faith is know in another manner as, fides salvifica. This faith is a movement of the heart. This faith grasps that which cannot be seen. It is the gift of God (Hebrews 11:1,6; 1 Peter 1:8; 2 Cor. 5:16; John 20:29) Saving faith grips the heart. It is something that cannot be seen. It is invisible, spiritual, divine in its origin. Faith means that a new life has been planted in the soul.

Thomas Adams, a preacher from yesteryear said this well. "It is not the quantity of your faith that will save you. A drop of water is as true water as the whole ocean; so a little faith is as true faith as the greatest. A child eight days old is as really a man as one of sixty years; a spark of fire is as true fire as a great flame; a sickly man is as truly living as a well man. So it is not the measure of your faith that saves you. It is the blood that it grips to that saves you. As the weak hand of a child, that leads the spoon to the mouth, will feed as well as the strong arm of a man, it is not the hand that feeds you, but the meat. So, if you can, somehow, grip Christ ever so weakly, he will not let you perish."

Soli Deo Gloria,