“…..Yet I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.” (Philippians 3:8,9)
Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount exhorts people to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness….then all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)
The righteousness that God requires is the righteousness that God alone gives.
Jesus urged His hearers to receive the salvation that God would accept. All who would respond in faith to Him were given that blessed assurance of entrance into heaven.
Paul acknowledged this heavenly provision which comes through one’s confession and ongoing profession of faith in Christ. In his final hours of life on the earth, imprisoned, he writes of his total dependence and trust in Christ’s righteousness which has been imputed to every believer.
Christ empowers the church, as is evident in Paul’s writings and the testimony of all the apostles. Those seriously seeking would find the righteousness that God requires.
In our current generation, with all the high speed technology, gadgets and gizmos, there are hearts that are at ill-ease because their conscience convicts them of their inept relationship with God. Just where are they to find the way of salvation and the righteousness which God requires?
The Scriptures make it clear that it is vanity to look for righteousness in false religious systems based upon works of human effort. Mankind knows that righteousness is not found in one’s self. Religion with all of its demands falls pathetically short because no matter how hard one strives to attain levels of righteousness through works, the next rung on that ladder cannot be reached.
So where can righteousness be found? The Gospel has the answer…or maybe we should say, the Gospel is the answer. First, it declares that the person who places his trust in Christ has righteousness imputed to him judicially through the propitiation of Christ by means of the cross. And righteousness is imparted by the renewing Spirit of Christ. Mark it well…..judicial righteousness by the cross; and practical righteousness by the Spirit. The church triumphant in this testimony will not be ashamed. (Romans 10:11)