The Basis of Our Faith
At the Word and Spirit Reformed Ministries we are committed to base our work on important Biblical principles. We believe that these principles unite the church of Jesus Christ and have universal relevance for people in every historical period.
God’s majesty is clearly revealed in his creation but it is only through his Word of revelation that he makes himself known to mankind. The Bible is God’s inerrant word, given by God to direct our whole life. For that reason the church may only bind the conscience of the believer to those teachings that are clearly revealed by God in his Word. Although the Bible has come to us through human writers, these men were carried along and inspired by the Spirit of God. Therefore the Bible is the sole source of truth in this world. (1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:21)
Christians are often too willing to embrace the modern trends of society rather than maintain universal truths given by God. God’s word must determine the answers we give to the questions regarding the issues of life. In his word God has given direction for the moral issues of life. In order for the church to remain relevant in this world, the church needs to unashamedly witness to the truth given in scripture alone. It alone is the power of God to life for everyone who believes. (Romans 1:16)
Jesus Christ alone is the Saviour of the world. God sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). Paul attests that Jesus Christ is the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11). Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the cross is fully sufficient for our [justification]1 before God. There is no other way of salvation but through Jesus Christ.
We live in a culture in which Christ and his sacrifice on the cross is increasingly being forgotten and where the need for Christ has been replaced with an attitude of self-sufficiency. In our permissive society, the prevailing thought is that people can determine the truth for themselves and that they can take care of their own needs through the constant pursuit of material things. In an age where people believe they can truly determine their own destiny, they no longer see the need for Jesus Christ. Christ needs to be the focus in the daily life of all God’s people.
Mankind can be saved from the wrath of God against sin by God’s grace alone. God’s grace is his free gift of salvation that Jesus Christ has earned for his people on the cross. Since every man and woman is enslaved by sin, there is no one who can save him or herself. Everyone is completely dependant on God for their [salvation]2. Therefore God sent his Son, Jesus Christ to pay for our sins so that our salvation is not based on our own efforts but entirely on the work of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-9)
The result of our sinful nature is that people now have a false self-confidence. People trust in their own strength and wisdom and glory in their own achievements. It is undeniable that mankind has made some marvelous advancements in many areas in which they put their confidence. The result of this confidence is that people believe that they can pull themselves up out of the misery of this life. The self-help gurus and books give a sense that a better life is within the grasp of everyone. The reality is that the achievements and solutions of our modern times cannot save anyone. God’s grace in Christ Jesus is as necessary today as it ever was in the past. Our only hope rests in God’s grace alone.
Christ’s work of salvation becomes our personal possession by faith alone. The scriptures are clear that no one is able to earn their own salvation by [works of the law]3 but that salvation is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ by his perfect obedience to the law and his sacrifice on the cross is the [righteous]4 one. His righteousness is imputed [that is attributed] to all those who believe. Jesus says that everyone who believes [trusts] in him will not [perish]5 but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Faith is the instrument by which God’s people embrace Christ’s perfect obedience. It is not faith itself that save, but Christ’s sacrifice. Faith simply looks to Christ as the Saviour and trusts that in his grace Christ will deliver us from our sins. This faith is not our own doing but it is a gift from the Lord. (Ephesians 2:8)
Glory to God Alone.
Christ’s work of salvation is for God’s glory alone. Jesus accomplished his work of salvation so that he might bring glory to the Father (John 14:13). Therefore those who follow Christ are also called to bring glory to the Father. “To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” (Philippians 4:20)
It is the nature of humanity to seek glory for ourselves. When Adam and Eve fell into sin, they tried to dethrone God and elevate themselves to a position of glory. Since then mankind has put their own needs and desires ahead of God’s will. This rebellious attitude has resulted in the judgment of God on the people of this earth so that everyone lives under the curse of death. Jesus Christ who alone is without sin, came to give all glory to the Father by obeying his will in all things. Now all those who look to Christ in faith will also desire to put away their rebellious attitude so that through their worship and service of God they may give all glory to God the Father. We serve him to the praise of his glory. Amen.
- Justification is God’s act by which he declares a sinner to be without sin because his or her sin has been paid for with the blood of Jesus Christ. [↩]
- Salvation: When mankind rebelled against the will of God all of mankind fell under the judgment of God. Jesus Christ came to save and deliver us from that judgment of God and give us life everlasting. [↩]
- “Works of the law” refers to keeping all the laws of God. The scriptures teach that there is no one who can keep the law of God perfectly for everyone falls short of keeping the whole law of God because of sin. Therefore no one can earn their own salvation by keeping the law of God. [↩]
- Righteous is to be right and blameless before God. Jesus as the righteous one was perfect and without sin. [↩]
- Perish: In scriptures those who reject Jesus Christ as Saviour will perish eternally and be cast into everlasting hell. [↩]