Sheldon Clowdus

Disciple . Husband . Father


Sola Gratia
Sorry for the delay in posting this.  My beautiful wife and I celebrated our 12th anniversary this weekend with a weekend trip away without our 4 children.  I am back now and looking forward to continuing through the 5 solas.  This post concernse sola gratia which translates to by grace alone.  This doctrine states that we are saved by the grace of God alone.  Nothing else is contributes to our salvation other than the grace of God.

The go to verse in this case is Ephesians 2:8-9.

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.

This is a very clear and straightforward declaration of the cause of salvation. It is by grace we have been saved.  It is not a result of works.  I think where some people miss the mark a little here is by limiting what "works" are.  We tend to think in terms of church attendance, financial giving, good deeds, etc.  "Works" really can mean anything we do to try to contribute to God's grace in the process of salvation.   If it comes from us, it is a "work".

Below are some other verses that teach sola gratia:

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, --  Romans 3:23-24
So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace. -- Romans 11:5-6
 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if justification were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose. -- Galatians 2:21
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, -- Ephesians 1:7 
even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved -- Ephesians 2:5 
 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,  -- 2 Timothy 1:9
so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. -- Titus 3:7 
The bible is extremely clear in this regard, that salvation is obtained in God's grace and in God's grace alone.  We are dead in our sins  and only by God's grace can we be made alive.  Any gospel that adds to God's grace is no gospel at all, a point that Paul made very strongly in his letter to the Galatians.

I am a follower of Jesus, a husband, and a father. I teach 5th grade in my hometown of Rome, Georgia.


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