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 – 2 Corinthians 5:21
Jesus was made sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Now, we’ve been declared righteous through Christ. So when God looks at us, all He sees is His righteousness; He doesn’t see any sin. What great news this is! No wonder the Bible says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1).
This is the reason as a child of God, it’s wrong for you to welter and wallow in the rot of condemnation, because all your sins were laid on Jesus. So never find yourself struggling to be righteous or trying to please God by your good works. The Bible says, to God, “…all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…” (Isaiah 64:6). He’s not impressed by man’s ideas or definitions of righteousness. What He wants is for us to submit to His righteousness: “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God” (Romans 10:3).
The scripture above didn’t say anything about us gaining the righteousness of God. Rather, we’re to submit or give ourselves to it. This is what God requires of us; to submit ourselves to His righteousness. To submit yourself to the righteousness of God means to believe, accept and endorse that what Christ did on the Cross for you was enough. It was a perfect sacrifice, and you can’t improve on perfect. Therefore, you don’t need to try to be anymore righteous than what God has declared you to be.
Accept that you’re the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. When you do, you’ll live everyday without a sense of condemnation; knowing that your righteousness is the righteousness of Christ. If you do something wrong, all the Lord expects from you is to confess that wrong and receive His forgiveness: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
For more, please read and study: Philippians 3:9; Romans 4:3-6
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Blessed Father, what joy floods my soul to know that I’m the offspring of your righteousness! What delight to know that I am as righteous as Jesus is righteous because the righteousness I have is your very righteousness. I yield to your wisdom and righteousness today, knowing that I’ve been sanctified, spirit, soul and body, to worship you and bring glory to your Name. Amen