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“Legalism is seeking to achieve forgiveness from God and justification before God through obedience to God…. It says, in effect, ‘Your plan didn’t work. The cross wasn’t enough and I need to add my good works to it to be saved.’ … None of us earn God’s approval and love by our good works. None of us can add to the finished, complete work of Jesus on the cross. He paid the price of our sins. He satisfied God’s wrath. … So yes, we work hard at obeying God’s word. We read our Bibles. We pray. We fast. We memorize and meditate on Scripture. We share the Gospel. We serve in our church. God commands us in His word to do many things, and our obedience to them is both pleasing to Him and brings His blessing to our lives. … But not one of these good spiritual activities adds to our justification. We’re never “more saved” or “more loved” by God. … What joy the gospel gives me! I can approach the throne of God with confidence— not because I’ve done a good job at my spiritual duties, but because I’m clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.”

From “Living the Cross-Centered Life”
– CJ Mahaney

Have such a Happy Easter. Everyday.
EB

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