August 10, 2004

The Confession Of Our Faith byTodd Nibert

Hbr 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised;

In Heb. 10:23, we are instructed to "Hold fast the confession of our faith without wavering." Just what is this confession we are instructed to hold fast to, and not waver in? It can be summarized by these four statements which all believers, without exception, believe. These were the watchword of the reformation.

. Scriptures Alone. The Bible is the inspired, inerrant, infallible, perfect and complete word of God. We look to scripture alone as our only rule of faith and practice. Scripture has an absolute monopoly on truth. Any departure from this is a departure from Christ. "To the law and the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" Isaiah 8:20.

. Christ Alone. Christ, the Living Word, is the message of the written word. Christ is the Gospel. "Christ is all" (Col. 3:11), is the message of the scriptures. He is all to God, all in scripture, all in salvation, and all to the believer. The SURE and ONLY hope of every child of God is the Person and the Work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Who He is, the God-Man, guarantees the success of what He did. He is the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. The Alpha and the Omega. Christ alone is our only ground of acceptance before God, and the only object of our faith.

. GRACE ALONE. Every aspect of salvation from the beginning (election) to the end (glorification), and everything between the beginning and the end , is all of God's grace. No part of salvation can be ascribed to man. To ascribe any part of salvation to the religious efforts, works, or free-will of man, is to deny salvation by grace. "By grace are ye saved" (Eph. 2:8).

. FAITH ALONE. Christ and His salvation is not received by doing, but by believing. And it is not carried on or improved by doing. It is carried on by believing. We never rise above faith in Christ. We never progress past a sinner saved by grace. Spiritual growth does not occur by our works, but by learning to look to Christ more completely. Truly, "The just shall live by faith".This is the confession of our faith, in which we must hold fast and not waver!