Faith, Not ‘Living Right’ Makes A Believer Righteous?
Ever thought of what makes a believer righteous? Well, let me start by shocking you, it is not by ‘obeying a list of moral do’s and donts or avoiding sins’.
Righteousness is a state of faultlessness before God and the debate on whether such a sinless state is attainable by man or not has never ended, yet the scriptures clearly explain what God’s kind of righteousness is and the possibility of it.
You may have heard of righteousness by faith before. But, not many understand what righteousness by faith is all about.
Put simply, righteousness by faith is God’s kind of righteousness that man receives as a gift from God by believing in his son, Jesus Christ. It is not attained by what man does or man’s personal righteousness. (Romans 10:10, 3:24, 10-12)
Romans 10:10 KJV For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession is made unto salvation.
Going by this, the moment one believes in Christ, one receives the gift of Salvation which also encompasses the gift of righteousness.
So to anyone who believes, Christ is his or her righteousness. The sacrifice of Christ is what is his righteousness. His righteousness is not based on what he or she does but on the gift he received when he believed. (1Cor 5:21, 1:29-31)
2 Corinthians 5:21King James Version (KJV)
For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
This is the kind righteousness most Bible characters who believed on God had and which God counted for them.
For instance, Abraham had righteousness by faith (Romans 4: 1-6, Genesis 15: 6).
Apostle Paul also had this God kind of righteousness. (Philippians 3:9)
Similarly, every believer shares the same kind of righteousness that God gives not based on their works but on God’s grace and love.