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Jesus IN Us or Jesus FOR Us?

Read these Bible passages:

In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.” (Jeremiah 23:6 ESV)

Because of [God] you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV)

For our sake [God] made [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Now read the following two statements. One was rejected by the Lutheran church, and one was accepted. Using the Bible passages, choose which is right and which is wrong.

A. Our righteousness before God consists in this, that God forgives us our sins by sheer grace, without any works, merit, or worthiness of our own, in the past, at present, or in the future, that he gives us and reckons to us the righteousness of Christ’s obedience and that, because of this righteousness, we are accepted by God into grace and regarded as righteous.

B. Faith should look not only to the obedience of Christ but also to his divine nature, as it dwells in us and produces results, and that through this indwelling our sins are covered.

So the question is: Are you saved because Jesus died for you or because Jesus dwells in your heart?

The answer is in Formula of Concord Article Three.

– + Klemet Preus +, The Fire and The Staff, pages 59-61

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