(Hab. 2:4; Heb. 10:38; Eph. 2:5-8)
By Faith Alone. Grace through Faith. These are contentious statements if ever one was made in the Body of Christ. This sola is certainly one that requires our most diligent attention. It is in this that we have our theology shaped and our stance challenged. Sola Fide is not a direct quote from the bible as some have supposed, rather it is a slogan that captures what our stance is as Christians. Faith alone in Christ as being our savior from the wrath of God that is come upon the children of disobedience and darkness, that is “The Way” that we walk in. Let it never be said among us that we have anything to boast in.
Faith itself is a gift from God. No man comes to the Father unless he comes through the Son (John 14:6). But understand that no man comes to the Son unless the Father draw/drag him (John 6:44). So it is impossible that man should come to God of himself or through himself. It is only through this gifted faith that a man can come to Christ, yet God bids all men, “COME”. Who can search out the riches of his knowledge and wisdom? God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Faith alone is such a foolish thing. “By faith were the worlds created…” says the epistle to the Hebrews, and it is this same faith that causes a man to be born again of the spirit of God.
Faith is not alone, for if it is it is dead. That was the Apostle James’ word on faith. many have supposed that he was an opponent to Paul’s theology which would imply an inconsistency in the scriptures. But, on the contrary, James put more emphasis on a part of faith that Paul taught but not as harshly as James. James wanted to be sure that Believers everywhere understood that faith is not mere credence, but that true faith is alive and active. James’ position on faith was very simple, it could be summarized like this, “Don’t just hear the word of God, Don’t just say you believe the word of God, But if you truly believe this gospel that I bring to you, Then be a performer of the commands of God as well.”(James 1:22)
So we see then that faith is an active trust. And it is only through this gift of active trust that we come to be followers of the Lord Jesus Christ.