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Effortless Righteousness

June 4, 2011

therein [the gospel] is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

The gospel revealed God’s plan for imputing righteousness. We are not only saved from condemnation of sin, and from the power of sin, but we are given a standing in righteousness before God. Our own righteous acts could never produce this right standing before God.

We need a righteousness before Him that is identical to Christ’s righteousness. God does not tell us to try and work up this righteousness because, as we have already seen, our good works could not produce it. The fact remains, however, that without this righteousness we can never stand in God’s presence. It is here that we see another aspect of this glorious gospel.

It reveals God’s righteousness—a righteousness that God puts on our account. This is God’s great plan of bringing man back into right standing with Himself. It is of this that He speaks in Romans 3:21 , 22 , where we read: “But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe; for there is no difference”; Or again in verse 26 of the same chapter: “To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”

This means that God is going to put the righteousness of Jesus on our account. He reckons the righteousness of Christ to be our righteousness. It is this that puts us in right standing with God. So then, when we come before God, united with Christ, we have the only kind of standing before God that He will recognize. God must put away sin. He is righteous in His character and cannot overlook sin. He cannot tolerate evil; so to be just, He put away sin by the death of Jesus Christ. But to justify us—to give us a right standing before Himself— He took the righteousness of Jesus and put it on our account.

He put our sins on Jesus’ account and put Jesus’ righteousness on our account. God made Christ to be sin for us, and then Christ became our righteousness.

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