New Testament Realities (2)
Two Types of Righteousness
I started teaching on what I titled New Testament Realities, in church, last Wednesday. We are able ministers of the New Testament (2 Corinthians 3:6) so it’s important for us to understand the New Testament, and to know the difference between it and the Old Testament.
Today I continued the teaching, looking at the two kinds of righteousness. The two are evident in Philippians 3:9. Paul said,
“And may be found in Him [believing and relying on Him], not having any righteousness of my own derived from [my obedience to] the Law and its rituals, but [possessing] that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.” AMP
There’s man’s righteousness, which he achieves through his works, and there’s God’s righteousness, which we obtain through faith in Jesus Christ.
Romans 4:1-8, 5:17-19
In the Old Testament they had to work to earn righteousness, but in the New Testament righteousness is given to us the moment we believed. We do not work for it.
Being born by the first Adam we were sinners, being born again by the second Adam, Jesus Christ, we are righteous.
Jesus is our righteousness. In Him, we are the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Corinthians 1:30
Man’s righteousness is FAKE. It is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).
In Christ we are as righteous as Jesus and God Himself! It’s His righteousness, not ours, so He cannot be more righteous than His own righteousness! We don’t try to become righteous; we are righteous. We can’t become more righteous; the righteousness of God that we received is perfect and complete. No one is more righteous than the other, we are equally righteous! As long as we keep believing in Him, looking unto Him as the Author and Finisher of our faith, and abide in Him, not relying upon our own works, we are righteous. And because we are righteous it’s easy for us to live righteously.
I’m grateful for the gift of righteousness! Hallelujah!
Pastor Chinaemerem Ibezim
Able Ministers Chapel