What does the Bible say about righteousness? As believers and disciples of God’s word, an error we shouldn’t make is the error of assumption; making assumptions from concepts of our culture or society for the things of God. God’s word defines all in the Christian faith. We should be diligent to find out what scriptures say about any issue (2 Timothy 3:16).
The doctrine of righteousness also should be seen as God’s word, the Bible, puts it. While some people believe righteousness comes by abstaining from earrings, trousers and material things, some believe righteousness comes when one studies his or her Bible and prays every day. Thats some good thoughts. Nevertheless, we need to know what the Bible says.
The Word “Righteousness” (Dikaiosune) means a state of being acceptable to God, having right standing before God without any form of guilt or condemnation. Righteousness is a state of an individual standing before God and God seeing the person not as a sinner or a condemned fellow. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says,
“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”.
Righteousness is a gift and not something you work for. Romans 5:17 states this clearly that,
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ”.
Righteousness does not come because we maintain our devotion, which is important we maintain; or because we abstain from some physical materials. Righteousness comes by faith. Righteousness comes when we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 4:1-5 says,
“What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham BELIEVED God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but BELIEVETH on him that justifieth the ungodly, his FAITH is counted for righteousness”.
The Righteousness of the Believer is of faith. Romans 4:6-8 further explains this just as Galatians 2:16 says,
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the FAITH of Jesus Christ, even we have BELIEVED in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified”.
In essence, when you believe the gospel, you receive righteousness as a gift; you are made righteous. It is going to be pride and the glory of oneself if righteousness is alluded to what we do or to our actions; but the truth is that our righteousness is not by our works, it is a gift of God which we receive by faith. The work for righteousness is not ours but Christ. God does the work of righteousness; we receive righteousness and walk in righteousness.
Quit ‘Trying’ to attain a state or condition of righteousness. Righteousness is of faith and you have been made righteous since you believed the gospel of Jesus Christ. Acknowledge this truth and walk in this reality.