What is a Lutheran Christian? (3 of 6)
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith as it is written, “The one who is righteous will live by faith.” (Rom 1:17)
Faith in Christ is everything! No good deeds, social status, job title, training, intellect, trip or punishment will make us right with God!
Jesus died on the cross for your sins and was raised so you will have a new life. That’s enough. In fact, that’s everything. All you can do is say, “I trust Jesus!”
Lutheran Christians emphasize the Gospel. We call ourselves “Evangelical” (from the Greek for “good news”).
Sin = the fundamental corruption of human beings and creation
= the desire to be gods, to control others and to save ourselves by our own works
= “curving in on ourselves”
= self-preoccupation and self-centeredness
= No one is free from sin. Even when we think we’re doing good we’ve decided what’s good (usually what’s good for me and mine)
= Only Christ can free us. In Christ, we can truly do good, which is love of God and love of neighbor.
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen 3:4-5)
Law & Gospel = God’s Word comes in two ways, Law and Gospel (notice capitals)
Law = Rules for ordering and protecting life temporarily (civil use, external, temporary)
= Shows us Our Sin. The Law condemns, judges, crushes our pride and arrogance. (theological use, internal, eternal)
Gospel = Shows us Our Savior. Brings Jesus to us
= Forgives, saves, gives eternal life
= Shows us to love God and neighbor
Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law;
for “The one who is righteous will live by faith.” (Gal 3:10-11)