Perfect Righteousness of Christ
God has provided a perfect divine righteousness for the sinner
who believes what God has revealed in His Word.
The believing sinner stands before God, not in his own
self-righteousness which in reality is no righteousness, but in the very righteousness of
Jesus is utterly holy and without sin because He is God. He is
intrinsically righteous. Jesus always did what was pleasing to the Father (John 8:29b;
4:34; 5:30; 6:38). No one could ever prove Him guilty of unrighteousness (Jn. 8:46a). He
is the one exception in history; He was absolutely sinless (Matt. 17:5; Jn. 12:28; 1 Pet.
Moreover, Jesus is also perfectly righteous by His obedience to the
law of God. He fulfilled all righteousness (Matt. 3:14-15).
Jesus lived a perfect life of obedience to the Law
of God. He dotted every "i" and crossed every "t." In no manner did He
fail to keep the Jewish law. No other individual has ever completely and
absolutely fulfilled the law.
Not only did Jesus fulfill the law personally, but
because He was deity He could therefore pay the full penalty demanded by
the law for those who had failed to complete it. He paid the penalty in
full. The law demanded the death penalty for all who broke it. "The
wages of sin is death." "The soul that sins will surely die." Jesus paid
this penalty not because He had broken it, but as a substitute for those
who had failed. Jesus did not die for His own sins. He died as our
representative for sin. He took your guilt and mine upon Himself, and He bore its
punishment. The penalty of the law was measured out upon Him. Jesus
fulfilled the law
completely, actively and passively, positively and negatively. Therefore
there is nothing further
the law can demand because He has satisfied all its demands upon the
Now this is the very righteousness of Christ that God gives to
sinners who repent and put their faith in Christ. The utterly amazing thing is He gives it
freely, apart from any works or merits on our part. Because we are so sinful, everything
we touch is contaminated by our moral and spiritual depravity. The perfect righteousness
of Christ stands in stark contrast to our unrighteousness and condemns us. It condemns our
attitudes and actions. We stand utterly condemned by His holy presence. There is no
one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God
(Rom. 3:10). Our own self-righteousness is worthless and condemns us. There is no
one who does good, not even one is Gods judgment against sinful man.
The good news from God is that He has provided the righteousness of
Jesus Christ as a gift to the believer. Faith is the channel by which the sinner receives
the righteousness of Christ. Gods gift is the righteousness that is by faith
from first to last. The righteous person will live by faith (Rom. 1:17;
God imputes the righteousness of Jesus Christ to the sinner. That is
the way He makes application of the righteousness of Christ to us. Spurgeon said that it
is like putting the infinite moral capital of the Lord Jesus in our empty bank account.
God takes the riches of heavens storehouse and puts them at our disposal. The way He
makes it available to us is by faith.
What is faith? It is a resting in Christ and His saving work for us.
Faith is not work. Faith is going to God with open hands and receiving the righteousness
God gives freely.
C. H. Spurgeon wrote in All of Grace, Faith is not a
blind thing; for faith begins with knowledge. It is not a speculative thing; for faith
believes facts of which it is sure. It is not an unpractical, dreamy thing; for faith
trusts, and stakes its destiny upon the truth of revelation. Faith is the eye which
looks. Faith is the hand which grasps. Faith is the mouth which feeds upon
It is this simple trusting in Christ that gives us a right standing
in the presence of a holy and righteous God.
Do you stand in a perfect relationship with God? Do you have peace in
your heart because you know you are in Christ? Are you trusting in your self-righteous
good works and religious accomplishments, or in the righteousness of Christ alone?
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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