You Are Totally Righteous
Not only did Jesus die to forgive us of our sin, but He also rose from
the dead to live in us. When
we receive Christ, we receive His righteousness because He is totally
righteous. This life that we now share with Him is a totally righteous life.
The righteousness of God that has been given through Jesus Christ is not dependent on our ability
to stay holy. It is a completely free gift given to us when we put our
faith in Christ. We have exchanged our unrighteousness for His perfect
righteousness.Understanding that we are as righteous as Jesus Christ because He lives
in us is what frees us from the impossible task of trying to keep ourselves
"clean" before God. Let's look at some Scriptures concerning the
issue of righteousness.Key Verse: Romans 3:21,22But now righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made
known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in
Jesus Christ to all who believe.
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him
we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).1. Did Christ have any sin?2. What did God make Christ
to be on our behalf?3. How much of our sin do you
think Christ took?4. Because of this exchange,
what did we become?5. Where do we become the
righteousness of God?6. If we have become the
righteousness of God, how righteous are we?7. What if part of our
inheritance in Christ as children of God?However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who
justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness (Romans 4:5).Who does God justify?Is a man justified by his works or by trusting God?To those who believe, what is credited to them?If a person could gain righteousness by his own good works, whose
righteousness would it be?Whose righteousness is it when we believe God?Just as through Adam we were all born spiritually dead, through Christ
we are born spiritually alive. In Adam we are born in sin; in Christ we are
born in righteousness. This is what it means to be "born again."For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through
that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of
grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus
Christ (Romans 5:17).
does true righteousness come from?
we become righteous by observing the law?
not from the law, then how do we attain righteousness?
is it available to?
What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the
surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have
lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found
in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that
which is through faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God and is
by faith (Philippians 3:8,9).1. What kind of righteousness
does obedience to the law produce?2. What kind of righteousness
does faith in Christ produce?3. Whose righteousness would
you rather have, your own or God's?
was the result of one man's sin?
many people were affected by that one man's sin?
is God’s gift to those who will receive it?
does it mean to “
4. There is only one way to receive the
righteousness of God-by faith in Christ and His finished work at Calvary. Are
you willing to give up on your feeble efforts and rest in His free gift of
5. If you are standing in the
righteousness of Jesus Christ, how acceptable are you to God?…to the praise of the
glory of His grace, by which He
made us accepted in the Beloved (Ephesians
1:6 NKJV).1. According to this verse,
is our acceptance before God something we can establish?2. Who has made us accepted?3. If we are righteous and
accepted by God, how, then, should we relate to Him?It is important to understand that the righteousness of God is not just
another gift He gives us. Righteousness is given in the form of a person, Jesus
Christ the righteous one.I am not ashamed of the
gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who
believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a
righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first
to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith" (Romans 1:16,17).1. What does Paul say he is
not ashamed of?2. What does the gospel
reveal?3. What is the power of the
gospel?4. How does someone receive
the righteousness of God?5. The righteousness of God
is received by faith. How, then, do we continue to live?6. Are you experiencing the
power of the gospel in your life?7. If not, are you willing to
rest in the righteousness you have received as a child of God?As we have seen, since we have been given the very
righteousness of God, we can approach Him with great confidence, knowing
that we don't stand in our own righteousness. There is nothing we can be
condemned of if we are righteous. Our identity as children of God is based on
His acceptance of us not because of our performance, but because of the
righteous life of Christ that dwells in us.