righteous do you have to be to please God? Would you be surprised to know that
it is not even possible for you to be righteous enough to please God? No one
has ever been righteous enough. God demands perfection – sinlessness – and no
human being has ever been perfectly sinless – except One, and that One was God
in the flesh, Jesus Christ.
the good news. Jesus came not only to be the atonement for our sins, but also
to be our righteousness.
Paul wrote to the church at Rome: “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Romans
Because we are
in Christ, God not only forgives our sins, he also provides the righteousness
believers need—his own righteousness.
It is a
God-given righteousness—the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We receive it by
God’s grace, simply because God loves us and is full of mercy and rich in
kindness. And we participate in it only through faith – the faith of Jesus,
which itself is God’s gift to us.
In short, we
are saved because God is righteous, not because we are righteous. God’s
righteousness, his faithfulness to humanity, has been made fully manifest in
Jesus’ death and resurrection.
righteousness, Paul is telling us, is displayed in his act of transforming us
sinners into his own forgiven and redeemed children in Jesus Christ – something
we experience only through faith.
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is our righteousness—he is our wisdom, our holiness, our redemption and our
righteousness, 1 Corinthians 1:30 tells us.
We are not
made righteous by keeping the Law. We are made righteous only by God, and we
live out that righteousness, which is the righteousness of Christ and not our
own, by trusting him – that is, by faith.
the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who
believes,” Paul wrote in Romans 10:4.
it all, start to finish. He’s the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the
end. Trust him.
Tkach, speaking of LIFE.