The Five Solas of The Protestant Reformation–Part 5a Solus Christus: Christ Alone

At the heart of our understanding Solus Christus (Christ Alone) is a recognition that Christ is God’s Holy and Perfect Mediator.  Our key scripture is 1 Timothy 2:5-6 “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time” (NASB).  
 
For this three-part blog, I’ll discuss several important concepts including one mediator, Christ Jesus, and ransom.  Today’s focus involves two of the three implications of Christ as one mediator.
 
Before discussing the link between one mediator and Solus Christus, we must first consider the context of 1 Timothy 2.  Paul devotes the first eight verses of this chapter to his mentee Timothy concerning the importance and focus of prayer for humanity in general and for those in authority specifically.  Paul indicates the end goals of intercessory prayer: it pleases God and it fulfills His desire to save humanity from their sins (1 Timothy 2:3-4).
 
Next, we cannot ignore the chorus of unity.  The word “one” occurs twice in 1 Timothy 2:5  referencing both God and Christ. This speaks to unity and functions of each member of the Holy Trinity:  God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. They are “one” in power, purpose, and perfection.  How so? 
 
I Timothy 2:3-4 says “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”  The phrase “God our Savior” is no coincidence. While we normally associate the title of “Savior” to Christ (Matthew 1:21, Luke 2:11, Philippians 3:20, and John 4:42), He is God’s Gift to humanity as the means through which we can be saved (John 3:16-17).      
 
So what about the Holy Spirit who’s not explicitly mentioned here?  The answer lies in understanding how He (not it) works regarding salvation.  J.J. Parker points out the authority, work, and means of the Holy Spirit during our conversion.  1
 
Taken together, we see the Trinity’s unified role in the plan of salvation.  This reminds me of lyrics from the song Redeemed by the gospel group, The Winans:  “It was not a haphazard event, nor a secondary scheme. But it was the plan of the Lord to redeem.  But a plan of the Lord, to redeem.”
 
In the next blog, I’ll discuss Solus Christus through the lens of covenants.
 
1  Parker, J.J.  “What Role Does the Holy Spirit Play in Salvation?”  Outreach Magazine, Outreach Magazine.  29 July 2018.

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