Righteousness: Where Ours Begins

Jesus says that, if His hearers want to enter into the kingdom of heaven, their righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees, who were the experts in the Law. The Bible says that all of our righteous deeds are like a “polluted garment” (Isaiah 64:6). Our own righteousness is simply not good enough and never will be, no matter how hard we try. The bible says “For our sake he made him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Through our faith in Christ, the righteousness of God is given to us. This is called “imputed” righteousness. To impute something is to ascribe or attribute something to someone. When we place our faith in Christ, God ascribes the perfect righteousness of Christ to our account so that we become perfect in His sight. Not only is Christ’s righteousness imputed to us through faith, but our sin is imputed to Christ. Christ did this for us! That is how Christ paid our sin debt to God. He had no sin in Himself, but our sin is imputed to Him so, as He suffers on the cross, He is suffering the just penalty that our sin deserves. This is why Paul says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). By having the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, we can be seen as sinless, as Jesus is sinless. It is not, therefore, our perfection, but His. When God looks at the Christian, He sees the holiness, perfection, and righteousness of Christ. Therefore, we can say with confidence, “I am sinless, as Jesus is sinless.” Wow; I just said a mouthful. These passages and statements that I just made are packed with extremely life changing truth. The unfortunate thing is that we often live our lives lacking the understanding and power of these truths. Over the next several weeks we will be spending time exploring the intricacies and the life empowering truth of what it means to walk in the righteousness of Christ. It is my belief that the more we understand the “ins and outs” of this amazing truth we will find greater victory in our Christian walk. I hope you will join me this Sunday as we begin this important life changing study. Love you all and I hope to see you this Sunday.

Your Pastor,

Michael Walker