Sunday, May 3, 2015

How Can I have Righteousness Before God? Philippians 3:9

We try so hard to have righteousness but we are not confident that when God sees us he will not be satisfied.  Paul the Apostle wrote about this thing.

"...I have suffered the loss of all things and count them but rubbish, so that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith." Philippians 3:9

AND BE FOUND IN HIM
There is a teaching in the New Testament that those who have come to God through faith in the person and work of the Savior are in him- in Christ. Judgment for our sin has been laid on Jesus as our substitute, and his righteousness is on us.   When God's justice sees those who have trusted Jesus as their Savior and believed the promise of God's gift of salvation they are seen as if they are one with Jesus.  So they are found in Him who did no wrong and is not liable to judgment.

RIGHTEOUSNESS
Righteousness means that as far as the law of God's absolute perfect standard is concerned there is no guilt or transgression of the law.  There is Righteousness instead.  This is a person who is without blame or guilt.

NOT FROM THE LAW
The keeping of rules and laws never made anyone righteous before God it only shows them how far from the mark of God's standard they fell.

FAITH IN CHRIST
Jesus died for your sins.  God accepted Christ payment as evidenced by the resurrection.  God offers acceptance and righteousness as a gift, but we must take it.

People of faith use different ways to express this; some may say that they trust the Lord, or accept the Savior, or invite Jesus in.  These different terms express the same thing- that a moment of faith comes when you acknowledge your sins and your need and that you agree with God in his assessment of your sins as worthy of judgment.  Once you acknowledge your lost situation and need you can agree with God that what Jesus did was right and completely satisfies God's judgment against you.

This is personal and some may express it one way or another, many talk to God in a prayer and tell him that they agree to His promise and accept the sacrifice of Jesus on their behalf.

We must trust in Jesus, because he did what we cannot do.

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