What Does It Mean To Be Reformed?
In context of the RCUS, the word "Reformed" literally means to be reformed after the word of God. The term was taken from the Reformation -a period where Martin Luther, John Knox, and John Calvin at first tried to turn the Roman Catholic Church back to God's word. The ideas of the Reformation can be summarized in the following five points.
Scripture Alone: Scripture alone is the ultimate authority, not the traditions of the church or the opinions of men.
Grace Alone: Salvation is by God's grace alone (Ephesians 2:4-9) Getting to heaven does not depend on how well we live. God chose to save Jacob and reject Esau before they were born. (Romans 9:11-13)
Faith Alone: We are justified by faith alone, apart from our works (Romans 3:28, Phillipians 1:29). Through faith alone we recieve Christ and His perfect righteousness; we are thereby granted eternal pardon.
Christ Alone: God saves us because of Christ alone -not anything we do (Ephesians 2:8-10). Just as all men are born sinners (because of Adam's sin), all believers recieve salvation through Christ's atonement on the cross. Our works do not save us, rather they are a part of Christian thankfulness for what God has done
"if you love me, you will keep my commandments..." (1 John 14:15)
To God Be The Glory: God alone deserves all the glory and praise for the salvation of his people (Philippians 2:13).If man's salvation depended on man's choice, then man is the one who would deserve glory and praise. We praise and show our thankfulness to God by serving Him according to His Word and by the power of His Spirit (Ephesians 5:8-11).
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