Puritan Gems

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Solo Christo: Christ Alone

"For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time." (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

Keeping this short and simple. Jesus Christ is the one mediator between a holy God and a wretched mankind. The pope cannot remit sins, either in this life or the next. Relics cannot remit sins. Even our good works are "filthy rags". It is only Christ, who "... entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption." (Hebrews 9:12) What else is needed? "Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!" (2 Corinthians 9:15).


Turgonian said...

Short but powerful.

But I do wonder what happened to the Church of Christ in the centuries before the Reformation. I can’t believe no one was saved in that time, even though there was a lot of superstition and reliance on persons beside Christ.

Puritan Lad said...

Ah, the Reformation wasn’t just a movement begun by Luther. Let’s not forget John Huss and other saints who died for believing the truth. There has always been a true remnant of saints, even in the Catholic Church. (Remember, Augustine was Catholic).