“But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness” – Romans 4:5
We’ve thought the past days a little about things that we need to clean from our lives, but it also important that we keep perspective on what righteousness is about. Something you do or something you are? Right doing or right being?
The Bible tells us that after Jesus’ sacrifice at the cross, God imputes righteousness not to those who strive to obey the law (Galatians 2:16), but to anyone who believes in His Son. Because Christ took our sins and gave us His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21), the moment we believe in Him.
Sometimes we believe that we have to work at becoming more righteous and kick ourselves when we do wrong for becoming less righteous. Often we are not seeking God’s righteousness, but are trying to establish our own righteousness by our law-keeping.
We are not righteous because of how morally upright we are. We are not righteous because we exercise self-control. We are not righteous because we read 10 chapters of the Bible daily. We are not righteous because we feel righteous. But we are the very righteousness of God in Christ solely because the sacrifice of Jesus made us righteous and clean.
When God gave us Jesus, He became our righteousness. This means that we are 100% righteous in God’s eyes because God can look upon Christ righteous. “Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Romans 13:14).