Saturday 11th May 2019
Righteousness: The Gift of God
And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
We see in this scripture that Abraham believed in the Lord. God accounted it to him for righteousness. Abraham believed God and in exchange for his belief in Him, God imputed righteousness on him.
What is righteousness?
There are essentially two types of righteousness: righteousness we accomplish by our own efforts, and righteousness accounted to us by the work of God when we believe.
Since none of us can be good enough to accomplish perfect righteousness, we must have God’s righteousness accounted to us by doing just what Abraham did: he believed in the Lord.
It is also helpful to understand righteousness from another perspective that it is “right standing before God”. We cannot have right standing before God, as the Bible declares that in spite of all our good works our own righteousness is like ‘filthy rags’ (Isaiah 64:6). Our right standing before God comes from faith in the Lord Jesus.
When we accept the Lord Jesus as our personal Lord and saviour, we exchange our sin with His righteousness. We are saved by grace through faith in God. God looks at us through the blood of Lord Jesus and imputes us His righteousness.
Paul writes in Romans 5:17
“For if by the one man’s offence death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ”
Righteousness is a gift of God! We just need to accept this gift from God. We cannot earn this by good works.
Satan can sometimes remind us of our past mistakes and try to keep us away from God. When we know that our right standing with God always puts Him on our side then every fear will melt away.
Let us declare our righteousness. Let us boldly confess every day “Father, I thank You that I am righteous in Christ, not because of what I have done, but because of what Christ has done. It’s a gift and I receive it with all my heart.”
Sampson Dasari (Sawyers Church Ministry Team)