In many ways, the message you are about to read is the easiest thing that I will ever write. That’s because it’s probably the greatest and most meaningful thing that has ever been done for me or for you. It’s about the righteousness of God.
Throughout the Bible we are told that we are supposed to pursue righteousness. It is our goal; the very thing we were created to do and it is what we all are supposed to be. But it is the most elusive thing in our lives. It is our nature to sin, doing things our way, and not God’s way. We rebel and wander from Him.
How can I ever be righteous with such a wandering mind and sinful heart? God, incredibly, knows and understands this problem. He created us, and He knows our rebelliousness. He knows that we can never achieve true righteousness on our own. So, in the most incredible gift of God to man, He gave us His Son.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
I always thought that verse was just about the death of Christ, paying the penalty for our sins. It took a while for me to realize that He didn’t stop there. He also gave His righteousness to us. Look at these verses and put them all together. Then, stop and think about what they mean.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation … for in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature ... Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ ... He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
“He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.”
Tomorrow: what this means for you and me.