Day Three: Gospel Prayer—Gospel Acceptance
Religion focuses on external change (Go and do)
The gospel focuses on the heart.
Religious quest since Adam and Eve—to cover our nakedness.
With religion, we obey to get something from God.
The gospel changes us so that we obey because we love God.
With religion, we change to earn the approval of God.
In the gospel, we change because we have the approval of God.
Gospel Prayer— Part 1 (a tool to saturate self in gospel)
There is nothing I can do that would make You love me more and nothing I have done that makes You love me less.
Gift righteousness of the gospel –righteousness not through my works but as a gift of God.
Stripped of love and acceptance by our sin we feel we must be good enough.
Gospel reverses—acceptance is given as a gift purchased by Jesus. Jesus lived the life I was supposed to live and died the death I was supposed to die—The Great Exchange.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
We trade places with Jesus
Luther said that our hearts are hard wired for works righteousness—received on the basis of how well I had done.
Gift righteousness creates a heart that loves God. Christ’s righteousness calls us to do righteousness because we love Him. Our identity is in Christ.
Look carefully at what Jesus said to the woman caught in adultery. “Where are your accusers? Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more.” Acceptance first—neither do I condemn you.
Religion says do right and you will be accepted. The gospel says you are accepted. Do right
Satan uses your record to make you prideful or tear you down.
Satan makes you forget who you are in Christ.
When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, 2 of 3 temptations began with “If You are. . .”
Questioned identity. When Jesus had just been baptized, John the Baptist heard the Father say, “This is My Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Satan said, “If You are the Son of God . . .”
When we need assurance of approval we become hungry for idols.
Satan starts with what you did, and tears down who you are.
Jesus starts with what He’s made you to be, and them helps you rebuild what you did.
Christ righteousness has been given to me as a gift.

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