Soli Deo Gloria

“To God alone be the glory” is the final doctrinal pillar within the 5 Solas that naturally flows from the other four. Only when we see that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone; and that the scriptures alone are able to make us wise unto salvation (2 Timothy 3:15), is when we can truly say God alone gets all the glory in salvation. God alone is to be glorified as we recognize the Father’s unconditional choosing of His people, the Son paying our ransom by his death and resurrection, and the Holy Spirit’s regenerating power as He makes us alive in Christ and applies Christ payment to us. When salvation is seen as a monergistic work of the triune God, is the moment when we can really stand with the reformers and proclaim, “Soli Deo Gloria.”

But we must also remember that we are to glorify God in everything we do. Even the things in life that we sometimes consider insignificant, God expects us to glorify Him in and through those seemingly trivial aspects of our lives. As the Westminster Shorter Catechism asks, “What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” The reformers saw every activity of life to be lived for the glory of God. Without a doubt, they were simply echoing Paul’ s words in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

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