More recently I’ve been trying to learn more about Bible Theology, because growing up non-denominational, most of the time people said, “Well I just believe in the Bible.” That is all well and good, but more and more I’m learning that if you don’t have a strong, theologically solid foundation, it is hard to interpret and apply the Bible. At least that is what I’ve experienced.
So I found some teaching by R.C. Sproul on basic theology, and I listened to one today about Sola Fide, which means salvation through faith in Christ alone. Use to, I would’ve said, yeah I believe that and just moved on, but he started off talking about the importance of this doctrine. It was so interesting.
He quoted Martin Luther, “There are few who know and understand this article. And I treat it again and again, because I greatly fear that after we have laid our head to rest it will soon be forgotten and will again disappear. And indeed we can not grasp or exhaust the Christ, the eternal righteousness, with one sermon or thought for to learn to appreciate him is an everlasting lesson that we shall not finish in this or yonder life.”
He went on to explain that while sola fide is an easy concept to grasp with the mind, “but to get the doctrine from our heads into our bloodstream is another matter all together. Because it is one thing to understand a doctrine but another thing to have it be the controlling aspect of the faith we live before God.”
Then he explained the doctrine and what it actually means to us. I tried to write a blog about this before, but I don’t think I did a very good job, and here again today, I may fail miserably, but hopefully it’ll be some what of an improvement and therefore worth my time…
Sola Fide does not mean that if we accept Christ, God begins to simply overlook our sin, as if we are now in his special club and get special treatment. But Sola Fide means we are actually made righteous through Christ. To me, it means we can be confident before God as we are righteous and a new creation, BUT we must also remain humble as this new status is not due to us or our actions. This dualism creates a sort of fine line. It is like we are strong and weak at the same time. We are whole and yet broken. We are redeemed and yet sinful. It is like, while I’m well aware of my shortcomings, somehow through Christ, we find a way to overcome them. It is very bizarre, but I think something worth contemplation, consideration, and as Luther said, a lifetime.