A correct understanding of righteousness causes our lives to stand tall, to be erected, to be set up, to be firmly fastened, and to be made perfect.

“In righteousness you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.” Isaiah 54:14

Here are a few fundamental convictions we all should have regarding our righteousness:

God’s righteousness is not attained through observance of the law (man’s effort). Rather it is attained through faith in Jesus Christ. “For I bear record to them that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they, being ignorant of God’s righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves to the  righteousness of God.“ Romans 10:2,3

Righteousness is not attained through good behaviour, but it is the gift of God attained through faith. Even the righteousness of God through the faith of Jesus Christ, toward all and upon all those who believe. For there is no difference,” Romans 3:22

Righteousness is based on relationship. Therefore let us come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:16 Therefore, brothers, having boldness to enter into the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus,” Hebrews 10:19

Righteousness is received through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ to remit our sin.  “ …. without shedding of blood is no remission …. for Christ has not entered into the Holy of Holies made with hands, which are the figures of the true, but into Heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us ……He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself..” Hebrews 9:22,24,26

In removing sin Jesus has given a wonderful gift to humanity, the gift of righteousness. “ … Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are sanctified. Also He adds, ‘their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.”  Hebrews 10:14,17,18

Righteousness comes not from our own endeavour but is a gift from God. No weapon that is formed against you shall be blessed; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment, you shall condemn. This is the inheritance of the servants of Jehovah, and their righteousness is from Me, says Jehovah.” Isaiah 54:17

Righteousness is given as a position in the new creation. And you should put on the new man, who according to God was created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:24

Righteousness is God’s love gift to humanity. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies having been washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:22



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