Are You a Living In Grace?

If you are a fellow believer then you too are Living In Grace that is built upon the firm foundation of Christ our Savior. I pray that as I write here the joy that God has given me will shine through and orthodox thoughts will be shared.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

1 The Faith of Justification

Sole Fide

"It is not faith that saves, but faith in Jesus Christ.... It is not, strictly speaking, even faith in Christ that saves, but Christ that saves through faith. The saving power resides exclusively, not in the act of faith or the attitude of faith or in the nature of faith, but in the object of faith."
- B. B. Warfield

We are saved ( justified ) through faith and this doctrine is one of the Five Solas that form the basis of the Protestant Reformation.

Monday, February 21, 2011

0 Sola Scriptura

Solely Scripture??

What do those two little words mean and what impact have they had on the course of Christendom over the last five hundred years?  Quite simply Sola Scriptura means that the Bible is the only inspired and authoritative Word of God and is accessible to all (that is, perspicuous and self-interpreting) and that Holy Tradition is not needed to interpret it as administered through the Roman Catholic Church and its Magisterium.

Monday, February 7, 2011

2 Christ the Victor

Christus Victor????   Absolutely

Christus Victor is a view of the Atonement as a divine conflict and victory over the hostile powers that hold humanity in subjection.  But what truly holds us in subjection?
Our wills and lust? Of course ( James 1:4 ) but also the entire curse placed upon Creation at the time of the fall ( Genesis 3 ) and spiritual forces operating around us ( Ephesians 6:12 , Daniel 10:12-13, 2 Corinthians 10:4 ) that we are usually oblivious to.  So a very good question that must be asked is just what exactly was Christ victorious over and how does that victory apply to us.