If you have read my blog for any length of time, you know that I am a church kid. I’ve been hearing the Gospel since before I could speak. By the time I could understand it, the Gospel had become so redundant that it lacked significance for me. A few years ago, however, I began to comprehend it at a deeper level. This newfound understanding all revolved around one word: righteousness.
This word is often tossed around carelessly in Christian speech, but few of us realize the depth of its meaning. Righteousness is the core of how the Gospel impacts our lives.
On our own, we are filthy, sinful people with no possible way to earn God’s approval. Romans 3:10-12 says: “As it is written, ‘None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.’” Just like the people of the Old Testament, we cannot possibly follow all of God’s laws. We will always come up short.
This is where grace comes in. Because we cannot earn it on our own, Christ provides righteousness to us through His death and resurrection. How? By covering our sin with His perfection.
Because of Christ’s death, God sees me and you through the filter of Christ’s righteousness. Picture God looking directly at you. Because of your filthiness, He has no other choice in His holiness but to turn away. But now, Christ steps between you and God. Immediately, when the Father looks at your sinfulness, He sees the flawlessness of Christ instead. This is the miracle of righteousness, as illustrated throughout the rest of Romans 3. Verses 21-22 say, “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” (emphasis mine). This is the core of the Gospel, but it is something that we as believers often take for granted. I am thankful for the reminder that my salvation is not at all because of me; rather, it is completely because of Him.