What’s the heart of the Gospel?
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|Why is it important to be sure where you will spend eternity? Is the faith that people have in God going to get them into Heaven? Matthew 7 says, “I’m sorry. I never knew you,’ here’s what His message is.” What are two ways that Jesus talked about misplaced faith.
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. YBS1
Keywords: Justification by faith alone, Declared righteous, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 2:8-9
Lutzer:’ Now, John, here’s the best part, and I hope everyone who’s listening and watching this grasps this because this now is the heart of the Gospel. The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For he [that is, God] made him who knew no sin [that is, Christ] to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” So, what you have is, our sin is credited to Christ’s account. Personally, He is sinless, but legally, He becomes guilty of adultery and extortion and child abuse and alcoholism and self-righteousness and all of the sins that God hates. Our sin is credited to Him. His righteousness and purity is credited to us. So that He gets what He doesn’t deserve – namely, our sin; we get what we don’t deserve – namely, His righteousness.
And that is the Gospel: justification by faith alone. God declares us – it’s a declaration in Heaven – God declares us to be as righteous as Christ Himself is, because the righteousness of God is credited to sinners. And legally, in God’s sight, we are as perfect as God Himself is. And without that, John, nobody can be saved – without the righteousness of God credited to his account. That is the good news of the Gospel.