I Am Righteous

I don’t deserve to be called righteous, and neither do you. I’ve done many things that are not right – blatantly not right, and so have you. But I am righteous.

I’m not righteous because I’ve done righteous things. No, not at all. In fact, whatever things I’ve done that appear to be righteous, to counteract my unrighteous behavior – even these things are unrighteous. They are like bandages and gauze applied to open sores – sterile perhaps, but quickly contaminated by infection, ready for rapid disposal (Isa. 64:6). I’m righteous, but not because of anything righteous that I have done.

Nothing about me is right. Everything about me is not right. But I am righteous.

I am righteous because God calls me righteous. I am righteous because the righteousness of Jesus Christ has been assigned to me. Everything about Him is right, and nothing about Him is not right. And I am identified by the righteousness of Christ. When God looks at me in the divine courtroom, He sees Christ. That is righteousness (1 Jn. 2:1).

How did this happen? Jesus took my place. Everything about me that is not right (which happens to be everything about me) was assigned to Jesus, and He suffered the consequences of that awful assignment by dying on the cross. And by taking that assignment instead of me, He made it possible for His righteousness to be assigned to me (Gal. 3:10-14).

I received the undeserved privilege of full identification with the righteousness of Christ by faith. God offered this amazing gift to me, convinced me that it was necessary and I responded to Him in faith. I stopped depending on any other form of personal effort and relied entirely on Christ (Rom. 10:4).

I am righteous, entirely righteous. I am righteous because of Christ and just as righteous as He is (1 Cor. 1:30).

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  1. TOvermiller
    TOvermiller says:

    I preached on this truth recently for a Wednesday night service (see here), as part of a mini series on 1 Cor. 1:26-31, “Christ Is All I Need.” How important it is that we meditate on this vital positional truth more often!

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