The fourth pillar of the Reformation which we’ll consider is Solo Christo, in Christ alone. That’s what all the rest of the pillars point to. If we listen to what Scripture alone says, we see clearly that by grace alone and by faith alone are always pointing away from ourselves. But just to point us away from ourselves isn’t enough. There needs to be someone else that we can cling to and in whom we can put our hope. And there is. We trust in Christ alone. We put our hope in Christ alone. We are saved in Christ alone.
Jesus Christ is what all of Scripture is really all about. He is the greatest demonstration of God’s grace to us and the one in whom we put our faith. “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-19) Being “in Christ” means that we are something completely new because it was in Christ that mankind’s relationship with God has been restored and our sins are no longer counted against us.
And since that relationship has been restored, the something new which we are is God’s children. “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:26-27) And what is the result? “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) We are clothed in Christ, wrapped in him, where no sin can stick to us and no condemnation can get to us. We couldn’t save ourselves and no one else could ever either, but Jesus did. And that’s why our salvation and eternity are guaranteed—it’s all about Christ!
That’s why we can confidently say, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)