The Power of the Cross – Made Right with God (p2)

Jesus is our gift of righteousness.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor 5v21

– Not about being good or religious – can forget what the gospel truly is!

– A most succinct summary of the gospel – 1 Cor 15v1-4. We must be continually reminded…

– Opposite of the gospel is idolatry from which flows all other sins

Differences between Religion & the Gospel….

1. Religion – God will not love me until I obey its rules

Gospel – I am loved so that we might obey him

2. Religion – Checklists to judge people

Gospel – All have sinned & fallen short of the glory of God

3. Religion is about what you DO

Gospel – All about what Jesus has DONE for you (grace)

4. Religion is about getting from God

Gospel – We get God our greatest treasure

5. Religion focuses on the external

Gospel – concerned with your internal self (col 3v5)

6. Religion – we lack assurance

Gospel – Blessed assurance in Christ (1 John 5v11-14)

7. Religion does not work – despair or pride

Gospel – humbly confident & joyful life. Salvation is a gift from Jesus

Gift of righteousness through faith – not rule-keeping! (Eph 2v8-9)

Luther the ‘Great Exchange’

Salvation is through the grace of God alone – a gift of righteousness