But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
righteous – “Acting in a just, upright manner; doing what is right; virtuous.” If you happen to have a Webster’s New World College Dictionary this is the definition you’ll find for “righteous.” To truly be righteous is to always act in a just, upright manner. It’s to always do what is right.
You may have noticed I added the word “always,” but I suppose I wouldn’t have to. By definition, if you do NOT act in a just, upright manner or do what is right—even once—then you are no longer truly righteous. So “always” is implied within the definition.
Sorry if I’m boring you… But it’s my hope that by taking a few moments to consider what the word “righteous” really means you might find a new appreciation for what these words in Romans chapter 3 mean for you. After all, “There is no difference, for ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” On our own, you and I, by definition, cannot be righteous.
And yet we are! “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.” Jesus was righteous for you! And he was righteous for me! He gave his righteous life as a perfect sacrifice to redeem you and me! Jesus’ death literally paid the price for our sins. That’s what’s meant by “redemption.” To redeem is to “buy back.” Jesus’ death literally paid the price for our sins!
You are righteous! How cool is that!? Even cooler…you KNOW about this righteousness! Our God has made this righteousness know to you through his Word! Now that’s something to be thankful for!
Blessings on the rest of your week!