Noun – a person, a place or a thing : e.g. Jesus, Grace
Verb – an action word : e.g. Obey, Perform, Works
Righteousness is not doing good. Righteousness is a noun. not action.
How do you define Righteousness? Is it performing good works?
Merriam-Websters online dictionary defines righteousness as “acting in accord with divine or moral law”. Have you though of it as “a doing” thing?
My friend, Righteousness is not Acting or Doing nor Performing.
Righteousness is a Noun, and not a Verb. Righteousness is a Person.
1 Corinthians 1:30 (LEB)
30 But from him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption
Righteousness is Jesus!
Jesus is your Righteousness, say it “I am Righteous because Jesus who is Righteousness Himself, is in me”
Romans 1:16-17 (NKJV)
Romans 5:17 (NKJV)
17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of Righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:19 (NKJV)
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made Righteous
2 Corinthians 5:21 (NKJV)
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the Righteousness of God in Him
The Holy Spirit delights in Righteousness. He makes Himself known to those who are declared to be Righteous by faith. The Holy Spirit convicts us of Righteousness.
Good works are bi-products of Righteousness (noun)
When Jesus is in you, you will produce good works. You will bear fruit effortlessly. A fruit is a product of the tree. The fruit is a result of a branch connected to a vine. It will bear fruit naturally.
John 15:5 (NKJV)
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing
Our part is not to create fruit replica, plastic fruits for display. Our part is this
John 15:4 (NKJV)
4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
Our part is to abide in Jesus, then we will bear fruit efforlessly.
What happens if we do not abide in Jesus and we try to create replica of “the Fruit”?
When we perform good works out of self effort, the result is self righteousness, filthy rag.
Isaiah 64:6 (NKJV)
6 But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags
So how do I abide in Jesus? Just believe you are righteous because of Jesus, because he is in you, and not because of your right behavior or good works
Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
I would like to point one thing, that self control is a fruit of the spirit and not from your self effort to control self
Have you notice? Fruit – singular? Why not Fruits – plural?
Because the “Fruit of the Spirit” is Noun. They are unique and yet of the same kind
Doing good works does not transform you into Righteous (noun).
Sin is not doing bad, Sin is a noun. not action.
A sinner is a sinner not because he has sinned but rather a sinner because of Adam’s sin.
Romans 5:19 (NKJV)
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous
We were in a state called “sin” – Noun
But today we are in a state called “Righteousness”.
You are now in a state called Righteousness because Jesus is your Righteousness
(oh boy, here we go)
Why then do we confess our sins (verb)? in order to be forgiven?
But you are already Righteous! All your sins were forgiven Past, Present and Future!
You are forgiven, not based on your ability to remember your bad works. Rather you are forgiven once and for all by the eternal blood of Jesus! Amen!
Believers! Stop the Hypocrisy before God saying “I am not righteous”!
Believers! Say “I am the righteous, because Jesus is my righteousness”!
1 Peter 3:18 (NKJV)
Hebrews 10:10 (NKJV)
10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all
Hebrews 9:28 (NKJV)
28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation
Hebrews 9:12 (NKJV)
12 Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption
Bad works bi-products of Sin (noun)
Romans 6:14 (NKJV)
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace
Sin is a noun. Lets substitute it to sickness, poverty, divorce, death, pollution, recession …
– For sickness shall have no dominion over you, for you are not under law but grace
– For poverty shall have no dominion over you, for you are not under law but grace
– For divorce shall have no dominion over you, for you are not under law but grace
– For death shall have no dominion over you, for you are not under law but grace
Can you tell me what would it be like, when you are under Law and not Grace? Sin will dominate you if you subject yourself to Mr. Law! Also note
1 Corinthians 15:56 (NKJV)
56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law
Galatians 5:4 (KJV)
4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace
To a believer, to sin is no longer his nature because he is a new creation. Do I say you will not sin? a big no! you will definitely commit, intentionally or accidentally sin.
If you delight in sinning, something is not right. Receive the gift of righteousness that is in Jesus. Once in Jesus, then your identity is this
– “Slave to Righteousness” – No amount of bad work can change your name (noun)
Can a “Slave to Sin” person, just by doing good work, can change his name (noun) to “Slave to Righteousness”? By all means, NO! It takes the blood of Jesus!
Sin does not transform you back into a Sinner (noun).