Michael Shortsleeves / September 27, 2017
The Five Solas are our firmly held convictions about the essential theology of Christianity. These Latin words Soli Deo Gloria, the fifth and last item of our conference, mean Glory to God Alone.
How is it that we can even make claim to this phrase when the whole world demands we attend worldly functions on The Lord’s Day ? How can we say “Glory to God Alone” when the world insists that we give it our allegiance by participating in worldly activity, and that we venerate those institutions and systems that keep us in bondage? The scripture is very clear ( 1 Jn 5:19 ) that the whole world lies in the power of the evil one, yet God always overcomes that evil and is found true. He alone is our Great Hope.
During a time when most people never even think of God, the bible tells us that He is utterly in control of His creation. He is not willing that any of His Beloved should perish. If God is able to single out a people for Himself as the bible claims, who gets credit for that? Do people just one day “get it” and begin their Love of Him, or does God even enter and change hearts and minds of those He has decided to bless?
In Psalm 19:1 we read
“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”
We who love God understand this. It’s not as though God speaks verbally from the skies, but it is the vastness and power undeniably evident in our universe that declares there must be a God who created all this.
In Isaiah 42:8 we read
“I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images.
So it is true according to Holy Scripture, that God has made the claim of Soli Deo Gloria Himself. This is not some idea dreamed up by men.
Over the centuries God has been made evident in the hearts of men from the early prophets in the Old Testament and the disciples and apostles in the New Testament. They have heard from God first, some before the scriptures were given to believe on Him, and they believed. Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. There was no bible in Abraham’s day. Later God gave a source of truth called “scripture” which revealed to many that God was a God of Glory and He alone would bring that about to be revealed in such a way that some, even Paul would cry out:
“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!” SDG.