I’ve been preparing this week for our Adult Summer Forum titled “The Gospel-Centered Life” and I came across two of the most amazing gospel truths.
First, passive righteousness. Passive righteousness is the biblical truth that God has not only forgiven our sin, but has credited to us Jesus positive righteousness. In Christ, God has fully forgiven us our sin. The debt we owed has been forever erased! But it doesn’t stop there. We are credited with the righteousness of Christ. It’s as if the spiritual ledger of our lives has been filled up with the righteousness of Christ. The gospel has a negative aspect in that our debt is erased and it has a positive aspect in that we are credited with Jesus perfect righteousness. The good news of the gospel is not that God makes much of us, but that God frees us to make much of Jesus! (“The gospel-centered life” curriculum)
Second, adoption. Adoption is the biblical truth that God has welcomed us into his family as his own sons and daughters by virtue of our union with Jesus. We don’t need to do anything to secure God’s love and acceptance; Jesus has secured it for us and therefore God approves of us and adopts us into his family. Our identity is in him! The good news of the gospel is not that God favors us because of who we are, but that he favors us in spite of who we are! (“The gospel-centered life” curriculum)
Let us all embrace these two wonderful truths of the gospel and seek to live lives that are deeply rooted in these truths! Come on Sunday, June 24 at the 9:30 hour to hear more about how we can believe and live these wonderful truths.