Many Christians have been taught that they can only achieve righteousness by serving God. However, we are made righteous through our faith in Jesus Christ, not our works. While our good deeds don’t make us righteous, righteous people do good deeds. For example, righteous people attend church, pray, and serve God, knowing that they are only righteous because of Jesus, not by what they do.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:16-17).
Our righteousness is not revealed from good deed to good deed, but from faith to faith (Romans 1:16-19, Romans 4:1-8). There is no other Gospel than the Gospel of Christ (Galatians 1:6-7). The Gospel of Christ is equal to the Gospel of Grace and the Grace of God (Acts 20:24). Everything we receive from the kingdom of God comes by grace. The grace of God is the power of God unto salvation. Our salvation encompasses more than our eternal life in Christ.
When we exalt ourselves because of our deeds and look down upon others because of our good deeds, we are self-righteous (Luke 18:9-13). None of us can earn or deserve the righteousness that the Father gives through Jesus Christ (Romans 9:30-32).
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” (Romans 6:1-2).
At the point of salvation, we became new creatures in Christ. We are dead to sin. So, how can we continue sinning? Christians who live sinful and immoral lives without conviction should examine whether their salvation prayer was authentic. Many Christians, who are new to the faith, have yet to renew their minds with the Word. New Believers will more than likely miss the mark more often because they are just beginning their walk of faith. However, when we are saved, we have a “new root” as far as our identity is concerned. In other words, our spirits are made new, and the Holy Spirit dwells inside of us. The Holy Spirit convicts us of wrongdoing, and helps us make corrections. We eventually produce new fruit (or results that the new spirit produces), which is also called the fruit of the Spirit.
Scripture to Study
- Romans 1:16-19
- Romans 4:1-8
- Galatians 1:6-7
- Acts 20:24
- Luke 18:9-13
- Romans 9:30-32
- Romans 6:1-2
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Author: Jeffery Parks
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