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May 20, 2022 8:00 am
Look at how the doctrine of solus Christus just radiates out like the sun against brilliant sky.
If this were the last message I ever preached this to be a great note to go out on you just take the chariot go straight to heaven on truth. Were talking about here today, welcome to the truth of that with Don green founding pastor of truth Community Church in Cincinnati, Ohio where Don teaches God's people. God's word hello, I'm Bill right today. Don continues our series titled the five solus with part two of a message called solus Christus Christ alone. Last time Don showed us why the person of Christ is absolutely unique.
Only he is both God and man.
Thus able to bridge the gap between humankind and our Creator. On today's program. Don will consider the work of Christ and you will be reminded how his sacrifice on the cross took place once and for all. Have your Bible open and ready as we join our teacher now in the truthful. Secondly, let's consider the work of Christ and why why his work means that only Christ could be the Savior.
We are saved because of Christ alone because he alone has done what is necessary to save man from his sin.
He alone has fulfilled what God requires and is done what no one else could do. He is what no one else could be. He has done what no one else could do solus Christus Christ alone in his work is necessary because our sin incurs a debt to God that we cannot pay. We have an infinite dad and we are bankrupt and we cannot pay it on our own, and God requires payment and it requires a high price. Indeed, look at the book of Hebrews chapter 9 with me if you will. Hebrews chapter 9 Hebrews chapter 9 in verse 22. According to the law, one may almost say that all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. What's the price of sin. What does sin require as its payment blood righteous blood righteous infinite blood alone can wash away our sins and as a result of God's requirement for a blood sacrifice of blood payment that puts the cross of Jesus Christ at the center of everything about true Christianity. There is beloved. There is no Christianity.
Apart from the cross. You cannot take away the cross and try to keep the morality and say you got Christian morality but to deny the substitutionary atonement of the cross you take away the cross. You take away the penal substitution of Christ on the cross and you have thrusted dagger into the heart of Christianity.
You've killed it.
When you remove the cross and the work of Christ on the cross from your message. Look at verse 27 of Hebrews chapter 9 I'll actually go to verse 24 word says Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. You see, the substitutionary nature see how he represents us how he carries us as it were, to God in his person and in his work.
Apart from that there is no access to the holy of holies, apart from that there is no access to heaven. Verse 27. Inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await him.
Christ is coming back for those who have believed in him. The ones who will welcome his coming are the ones who will put solus vide in solus Christus faith alone in Christ alone and it was his one time sacrifice on the cross that bore our sins and paid the price that God requires first Peter chapter 1 verse 18 will look at a few passages here in first Peter this this work of Christ paying the debt through his shed blood on the cross.
This work of the Christ substituting on behalf of sinners, who believe with him.
This work of Christ paying in shedding the blood that alone can bring about the forgiveness of sin.
First Peter chapter 1 verse 18. You were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold, from your feudal way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ the lamb being the picture of that earlier sacrifice, which pointed forward to Christ and unblemished lamb in innocence and unblemished land offered in substitute of the one who offered it.
The blood of the land, providing the, the meeting place for God could be met providing the sacrifice that God accepted for fellowship with him.
The blood of Christ, providing the single solitary meeting place where sinners can find their way to God. Look at chapter 2 verse 24, first Peter first Peter chapter 2 verse 24 he himself bore our sins in his body on the cross so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. For by his wounds you were healed. Notice the emphasis beloved in verse 24 he himself he and no other. Did this work. He alone bore our sins in his body on the cross.
No one else as we said last year in our series on Roman Catholicism is blasphemy and it is a sin of highest order and magnitude for the Roman Catholic Church to pretend to reoffer Christ in their mass. Time after time after time again as if a little wafer could actually turn into Christ as if as if literal wine could turn into literal human blood without changing its appearance. It's just superstition but even beyond that to say that that we must reoffer Christ again and again and again in order to pay for sin is again is to take it dagger to the real meaning of the cross where Christ Scripture says read heatedly wants for all. He offered himself for our sins. Chapter 3 verse 18 first Peter Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that he might bring us to God look at it again.
Look at the sweetness of those words and look at how the doctrine of solus Christus just radiates out like the sun against a brilliant sky, Christ died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God and so at the cross, Christ was acting as our substitute. He paid the price that God required and he paid it in blood like God required without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin. Christ shed that blood and when we put our faith alone in him alone. The full merit of that blood is applied to our account cleansing us, washing us satisfying. Everything that God's justice requires against sin all satisfied and that singular act on the cross. When Christ offered himself up the just for the unjust, would be magnificent enough wouldn't but go just a little bit further and remember why he did what he did. It for God so loved the world that whoever would believe in him would not perish but have eternal life.
Again you see the exclusivity of Christ in John 316. Don't you whoever would believe in him would not perish but but why, why do we have. Why do we have a Savior. Why did Christ do this because it is it is his nature to love and to give of himself for his people. He gladly bore your sin on the cross. Galatians 220, he loved me and gave himself up for me and not a love of a feeling, sentiment, but a love of self sacrifice where he laid down his life for you at the cross.
In love he received the wrath of God, your sin required in love. He had the father pour out righteous anger on him so that it would not be poured out on you in love. He cared for your soul enough to bear the price himself so that you could go free in love, in love, in love, in love, in love, in love, he bore the taunts of sinful men against him in love. He bore the crown of thorns in love. He bore the nails in love. He bore the wrath in love. He he prays and says father forgive them for they don't know what they're doing. The height of his agony in love is praying for the very ones who crucified him. What manner of love is this what manner of God is this the does this for his people look at all the gods that men of made up in Greek mythology, and throughout the course of time.
It's God's demanding something from the people in Christianity. You see God doing something for his people in love going to the cross going to the crucifixion going to the supreme instrument of torture and execution ever known to man so severe, so harsh, the Constantine outlawed it as the future means of punishment when he ascended to the throne in love, solus Christus and when we think beloved about our response to him where our highest affection is we could, we could say it in this way, what's the highest affection of your heart. Solus Christus who helps Christ alone who else died for my soul. Who else loved me like he did. Not the best spouse, not the most loving child out of brother not a sister. No one loved me like that and so beloved only at the cross was the wrath of God poured out to satisfy the justice of God. There is no other place for that work could be done. It was once for all, therefore it must be solus Christus and understand that his work of substitution is effective, it did the job because of his person. His humanity enabled him to offer innocent human blood for human sin is deity provided in infinite merit that can save many the can save any that come to him by faith. One writer puts it this way."
Christ died that he might bear our griefs and carried our sorrows.
He was pierced for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities, Christ died for us. He was delivered up for us the sacrifice of Christ was a propitiate eating justice, satisfying wrath quenching event by his death, the justice of God was satisfied." His person. His work, lead us to this conclusion of solus Christus solus Christus means that Christ alone is the only mediator with God in first Timothy chapter 2. I'll just read it for the sake of time first Timothy chapter 2 verses five and six. There is one God and one mediator also between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, one mediator, the man Christ Jesus. Don't you see in the biblical arithmetic of this, the biblical numerology on this stop that one when you count the number of ways to God. You only have to count to one when you count the number of individuals who can actually save you from sin, you only have to count to one. Don't even try to count to that would deny the one and as I said earlier, beloved, please hear this right this down or remember it Jesus Christ and him alone solus Christus means this.
No one else is qualified because no one else has his person. No one else has done the work.
There was one work sufficient at the cross and beloved. Here's here's the thing that I would have you see, in addition to all of that. Also see this. No one else ever could.
No one else did.
No one else will.
No one else ever could, because no one else will be the God man.
No one else will be God in human flesh. No one else will ever go to a cross like Jesus did in the perfection of his person. The perfection of his righteousness, the perfection of his shed blood cannot be duplicated. It cannot be repeated.
There is no one else. If this were the last message I ever preached this to be a great note to go out on.
I don't intend it to be just to be clear, but if it were we could we just take the chariot go straight to heaven on this. The truth were talking about here today. So what are the implications of these great truths I've been weaving this in and out throughout, but let's just draw to a close with this solus Christus means that we utterly completely and defiantly reject the Catholic priesthood and their claims of the intercession of Mary as though we needed other mediators with God.
The very existence of those doctrines and those men who strive to serve in that capacity denies solus Christus and is a blasphemy of the rancorous darkest order possible against our blessed Lord Jesus Christ calls us to come through him alone and what kind of what kind of pride and arrogance when Christ speaks directly to the center through his word and says come to me and find rest. What kind of blasphemous Satanic demonically controlled contrivance would seek to intervene in and to put themselves in between the center and Christ no way how grateful we are for the memories of those men who stood in the posted in the Reformation which were doing the series to remember the implications of Reformation doctrine.
How grateful we are for John Noxon Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin and Martin Luther in Wycliffe and great men like them who at great personal cost with far fewer shoulders to stand on than what we have today took their stand on. So look Scripture proclaims solar Grazie a solar fee day solus Christus to the glory of God alone. Solus Christus means we reject that Catholic abomination solus Christus means that we reject the modern notion that all religions lead to God, we come solus Christus solus Christus means that we are not saved by any righteousness of our own. Do you see that solus Christus doesn't simply rebuke and refute institutions and philosophies. The great power of this great doctrine rebukes our own soul and instructs us that we ourselves have no merit. We come through Christ alone. We don't come as equal partners in our salvation. We don't come with checked baggage that helps us get to the destination. We don't come with a carry-on we come with nothing.
We come to God solus Christus and not of ourselves, not of our own righteousness, not in our own posting solus Christus means that we look forward to eternity. We do not fear death. We have no fear of purgatory. There is no such thing.
Sins are not paid for in purgatory. They are not burned off purgatory is a fiction is a contradiction of solus Christus the debt of sin was paid in full by Christ alone and, therefore, we come through Christ alone solus Christus means that no one will go to heaven apart from Christ, man, woman, boy and girl. You can only come through.
You can only come to God through faith alone in Christ alone solus Christus reveals as I've already said the great love of God for sinners.
Listen to this verse from second Thessalonians. In chapter 2 verse 16. Paul says now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our father who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort, and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word solus Christus tells us that our God has loved us and that our God does love us that our God has taking care of our sin and guilt in our sin. Condemnation and all of that has been taken away so that we now have free bold and loving, confident, access into his presence. Christ alone. Well, is it the Christians for very long time have some amazing love how can it be that thou my God shouldst die for me solus Christus Christ alone has been our focus the last couple of days. You're on the truth pulpit so pastor Don Greene has now covered the first four of the five solus Sola Scripture solar Grazie and solar fee day being the first three. Don will take us to the last one solely Dale Gloria the glory of God alone on our next broadcast. Don't miss it right now though Don's back here in studio with some closing words. You know, friend. We realize that you may not be close enough to our church to be able to join us as you would like to. On any given Sunday. So let me invite you to join us on our lifestream that you can find our website Sundays at 9 AM Eastern time and also we have a midweek service on Tuesdays at 7 PM.
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