This study deals with the issues bothering around righteousness and Bible Verses about righteousness. You are righteous
“Brothers, my heart desire and prayer to God for Israelites is that they may be saved. For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God but their zeal is not based on knowledge. Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believe. The righteousness that is by faith says “Do not say in your heart, who will ascend into heaven? That is to bring Christ down, or who will descend into the deep? That is to bring Christ up from the death – Romans 10:1-4, 6-7 (NIV)
In the preceding scriptures, it was very easy for Paul to vividly describe Israel’s religious perception of righteousness since he was strongly part of it. He is teaching in the last two verses above that righteousness is by faith. It does not require heroic feats of any kind. It cannot be earned by man’s works.
This was a contradiction of Israel’s conviction. Paul therefore prayed earnestly for their salvation. They had commendable zeal for God but not based on right knowledge.
What is righteousness?
Righteous standing which comes from God is a gift and cannot be earned by mere human effort.
Romans. 1:17 read thus:
“For in the gospel righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last just as it is written, the righteous will live by faith. (NIV)
What is righteousness according to the Bible?
The Bible says “there is righteousness for everyone who believes, The qualification is to believe. We had earlier given a hint how to do so.
The issue here is that no true believer need to be in doubt about God’s gift of righteousness. Israel at the time lacked true knowledge of this mystery of grace. As a result, they suffered the bondage of religion, characterized with distress and depression.
God’s Gift of Righteousness
Apostle Paul was compassionate of their ignorance of availability of God’s gift of righteousness and he began to pray for his people.
His prayer point is that God should give Israel salvation, replace ignorance with knowledge so that the bondage of distress, unfruitful and hypocritical religion will be done away with.
It is obvious that believers today should follow the foot steps of Apostle Paul. There are also in our time a good number of professing believers who are trapped in this knowledge gap.
In this state, they cannot be able to manifest any evidential Christian life. They are neither sure of where they are now nor where they are going. Everything to them is a matter of probability.
What makes a person righteous in God’s eyes?
After Jesus had given a very inspiring sermon and miracle in st. John gospel Chapter 6, the audience posed a very vital question to him in verse 28 and said “What shall we do that we might work the works of God”.
Perhaps they were expecting a catalog of dos and don’ts. But Jesus answered and said to them “this is the work of God that you BELIEVE on him who He has sent.
The truth is that man will easily lose sight of what God has done for us if we focus on what we are doing, God has saved us and made us righteous in Christ Jesus
In St. Marks Gospel Chapter 10:17-27, Jesus equally gave a strong teaching on this subject matter. The Bible says a rich young man ran Him and asked Him “What shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”
Jesus called his attention to the commandments and recited them to him accordingly. The rich man responded to the all-knowing Christ that he has kept all the Laws.
In order words he was a morally upright man and very religious. He was able to keep the laws. Christ did not dispute this fact, yet this man had no peace in his heart. He still felt inadequate and unfulfilled.
He knew what he had done could not earn him eternal life. Keeping the laws obviously is an external conformity of set rules which could be lacking in inner obedience and total surrender of the heart which true worship demand.
The Lord asked him to go and sell all his possession, give the proceed to the poor and come and follow Him. The young man frowned turned his back and walked away.
This shows how dearly he held his possession at heart preferring the wealth to the kingdom he claimed to seek. He worshiped “Things”
Jesus through this incident taught that it is quiet impossible for any man to earn eternal life through human effort or by observation of any law.
He said how impossible it is for the rich man to enter into heaven. He however concluded that ” with man it is impossible but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
This teaching is not saying that rich man shall not enter in to heaven as some people have erroneously believed. It is saying that no man, not even the rich can enter into heaven by merit of personal effort.
It is impossible for man to earn eternal life for himself but with God, it is possible man must believe and trust on the Lord Jesus Christ and follow Him as prescribed her. That is the way to merit eternal life.
Finding Righteousness in Christ
Dear reader, we need to find the truth. The truth sets free and settles every doubt. Only believe God has made us who believe righteous in Christ.
He is not trying to make us, He has made us Righteousness and Holiness is the nature of God.
Salvation opens the heart of man for the Indwelling of God by the Holy Spirit. Where this genuinely occurs, the Holy Spirit now controls such life and establishes the life of Christ in that individual.
Righteousness is Life
The Bible says “But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.
Romans 8:10-11 – “And if the spirit of Him that raised Jesus is living in you, Him who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal body through His Spirit who lives in you”
Righteousness is Holy Ghost enabled-life in a believer, “For it is the Lord that worketh in us both to will and act according to His good pleasure”.
So do you believe you are righteous?
In John chapter 1 verse 4 the Bible says, In Him was life and the life was-the light of men. This life is what I call the higher life. It is the life of God replicated in man by the power of the Holy Ghost. It is not subject to the “law of sin and death”, it rather operates under the ambit of the “Law of Spirit of life in Christ Jesus”.
The Bible records that any man who enjoys this life is exonerated from condemnation he is adjudged righteous. No one has right to bring any “Charge against those whom God has chosen. Do not forget that “it is God that justifies’ and He justifies those he called. It is equally He alone who condemns.
Dear Believer, God says you are righteous, Our responsibility is to continually reflect in our daily experience what Christ has made us through the power of the Holy Spirit.
What is righteousness according to the Bible?
1 John 3:7 (CSB) – Little children, let no one deceive you. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.
Philippians 3:8-9 (BSB) – More than that, I count all things as loss compared to the surpassing excellence of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God on the basis of faith.
Where is the scripture I am the righteousness of God?
bible verses about righteousness of god
2 Corinthians 5:21 (WEB) – For him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Romans 3:21 (BLB) – But now apart from Law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, being borne witness to by the Law and the Prophets.
Romans 1:17 (NASB) – For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written: “BUT THE RIGHTEOUS ONE WILL LIVE BY FAITH.”
Romans 3:21-26 (ESV) But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. …
Romans 3:21-22 (BSB) – But now, apart from the law, the righteousness of God has been revealed, as attested by the Law and the Prophets. 22And this righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no distinction
Bible Verses about Righteousness Old Testament
Isaiah 46:13 – I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory
Isaiah 54:17 – No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lo
Isaiah 56:1 – Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed.
Isaiah 51:5 – My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.
Bible Verses about Righteousness New testament
Romans 1:17 – For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Romans 4:13 – For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
Romans 9:30 – What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.
Romans 10:6 – But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above: )
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