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What is Righteousness?
The definition of righteousness is behavior that is morally correct or right. Righteousness in the world is described by accepted standards of morality, justice, virtue, or uprightness. With all the immorality in the world today, there are many things accepted by people today, that are an absolute abomination to Almighty God.
The Bible’s standard of human righteousness is God’s own perfection in every attribute, every attitude, every behavior, and every word. As a result, God’s laws, as given in the Bible, both describe His character, and establish the line by which He measures human righteousness.
Righteousness mainly describes conduct in relation to others, especially with regards to the rights of others in business and in legal matters. Righteousness is contrasted with wickedness, and the conduct of the one who, out of self-centeredness, neither reverences God nor respects man. The Bible describes the righteous person as just or right, holding to God and trusting in Him. (Rom.6:16,19; 14:17; 1 Cor.15:34; Eph.4:24; 5:9; 6:14; Phil.1:11; 1 Tim.6:11; 2:22; Tit.2:12; Jam.3:18; 1 Jn.2:29; 3:7).
The fact is, that true and perfect righteousness is NOT possible for man to achieve on his own. God’s standard is far too high. But, there is good news, and that is that TRUE righteousness is possible for mankind, but it comes ONLY through the cleansing of our sin by Christ Jesus’ work on the cross, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (Jn.14:17; Rom.8:9-11; 1 Cor.3:16; 6:19; 2 Tim.1:14).
We have absolutely NO ability to achieve righteousness in and of ourselves. But TRUE children of God possess the righteousness of Christ, because God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor.5:21). This is an amazing Truth that we believers have. On the cross, Jesus paid our sin debt, a debt that we could never pay. God took our sin and exchanged our sin for Jesus’ perfect righteousness.
We are made righteous in the sight of God. We accepted as righteous, and treated as righteous by God the Father because of what the Lord Jesus has done on the cross, and when we accept this, we are justified. Jesus was made sin on the horrendous cross, and we are made righteous when we accept Jesus. Jesus was treated as if he were a sinner, although he was perfectly holy and pure, and we are treated as if we are righteous, though we are defiled and depraved. Because of what the Lord Jesus endured on our behalf, we are treated as if we have entirely fulfilled the Law of God, and was never exposed to its penalty. The Bible says: Eze.18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die - - - - - - - - (KJV) . . . This means eternal death, in Hell. Unless a person is made righteous by the precious Blood of Jesus, they must pay the penalty for ALL the sins they ever committed.
We receive this precious gift of righteousness from the God of all mercy and grace when we believe Him and accept His only begotten Son to save us (Jn.3:15-16,36; 5:24).
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