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A word on righteousness....

If we are born-again, we believed in our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead and confessed with our mouth Jesus as Lord, resulting in RIGHTEOUSNESS(Rom 10:9-10).“He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Cor. 5:21).

I am as righteous as Jesus!(1 John 4:17). I am in right standing with God. There is nothing we can do to be more “right” with God than the blood of Christ has made us. Righteous people do righteous deeds, but righteous deeds do not make people righteous! Sometimes righteous people do unrighteous deeds, but the unrighteous deeds they do, do not make them unrighteous. There is only one path to righteousness and that is through faith in Christ’s finished work.

That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in RIGHTEOUSNESS… (Romans 10:9-10).This RIGHTEOUSNESS is a permanent, Christ-earned state of being that will never change. I am as righteous at this moment as I will be in Heaven!

Romans 10:2-3 says, “For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness”. The apostle Paul alluded to this reality in revealing that the tragedy of the Jewish people was that they were going about trying to establish a righteousness based on law-keeping. I can reign in life by receiving this great gift of righteousness and knowing I have been made righteous because I believe, not because I act right.

Let me ask a question. Can a righteous person do an unrighteous deed? Absolutely, no doubt about it! Does the unrighteous deed that the righteous person did make him unrighteous? No. Absolutely not. Why?-BECAUSE righteousness is not based on deeds of any kind, but on faith. Can an unrighteous person do a righteous deed? Certainly, many do good or righteous deeds frequently. Does the righteous deed that the unrighteous person did make the unrighteous person righteous? NO!!!!

Again, there is only one way to become righteous and that is through receiving Christ’s gift of righteousness by faith. Righteousness is a state of being; it is not deed-oriented. Righteous is who I am—not what I do. The behavior bar is extremely high to become righteous enough to live in union with God. Nothing less than sinless perfection is required, and Jesus is the only One who achieved that status.

If you are a true Christian, a believer in Christ, one who has been born again, you are righteous, you are in right standing with God, and absolutely nothing can change that. You are as righteous as Christ is righteous( 1 John 4:17).

To many people, a righteous Christian is one who does what is right. To them righteousness is more of one's performance in good deeds. If you do right you are termed righteous but if you do wrong, you are termed a sinner. The truth is that our righteousness does not come from our good deeds.

1 Corinthians 1:30 says, “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.”

We are not made righteous by the good things we do or the bad things we avoid. The righteousness that pleases God which is Christ's righteousness, is given to us as a gift from God by virtue of our faith in Christ. It is not attained by our deeds. The day we receive Christ is the day we are clothed with his righteousness.

The righteousness we have as Christians came as a result of a spiritual surgery God himself performed on us on the day of salvation. God removed the spiritual death nature in man and replaced it with his own righteous nature. A Christian is thus made righteous in his spirit by this new nature God gives him at salvation.

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