But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference – Romans 3:21-22
2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” What this means is that you’ve been made the righteousness of God in Christ; and this is a present-hour reality. Righteousness is not something you look forward to in the future; it’s already yours.
The Lord Jesus bore the sins of the whole world on the cross, and by His resurrection God declared everyone “not guilty.” Therefore, no one ought to go to hell because of sin. The only reason people would go to hell is their refusal to accept what Jesus did; their refusal of the righteousness He brought to the world. That is why in 2 Corinthians 5:19, the Apostle Paul tells us that, “…God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.”
God is no longer counting men’s sins against them. A man may feel guilty about his sins, but the truth is, God isn’t keeping account of sins. Some Christians like to wallow in guilt because it gives them a false sense of piety, but that’s wrong. If God isn’t counting the sins of the world, why should He count yours? [But that doesn’t mean that it’s OK for you to continue to sin either because He said be holy for I am holy (1 Peter 1:16).]
The Sovereign Judge, has justified you because of Christ’s sacrifice, and has given you His nature of righteousness. That nature makes you do right. Now that you’re born again, righteousness is a part of your being. You no longer have to struggle to do right! The nature of God to do right has been imparted to your spirit.
Dear Father, thank you for making me righteous in Christ Jesus! I reign in life as a king today, bearing fruits of righteousness, and living in your power and glory, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study: Romans 5:17; Romans 3:24-26