For all of us have become like one who is unclean,
And all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment;
And all of us wither like a leaf,
And our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. ~ Isaiah 64:6
I am unclean. It doesn’t matter how many good works I perform; how many times I go to church in a given week; how big my offering is. I am unclean. The only way that God can look at me and not see unrighteousness, is through His Son Jesus Christ, and the Blood that He shed. For that to be possible, Jesus had to be a sacrifice that was without sin ~ without spot or blemish.
But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30)
Righteousness comes from a root word that represents “rightness” or being right in all things. The Ancient of Days spoke of the righteousness of His Son, and Jesus fulfilled all that was spoken of Him.
As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He will see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.
~ Is. 53:11
But of the Son He says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness above Your companions.
Whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him. (1 John 2:29)
It is through faith in Jesus Christ that we are made righteous. It has nothing to with us or anything we have done. It is all about the person of Christ and the rightness of His life that we can stand righteous before God.
Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. (I John 3:7)
When we sin we need to repent and go and sin no more. (John 8:11) Then we can apply the Blood of Christ and are righteous in His eyes. Do you know that just as Abel’s blood cried out to God for justice, Christ’s blood also cries out to the Father for you?
And to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel. (Heb. 12:24)
Though the blood of Abel cried out for justice, Christ’s blood proclaims justice ~ that the wrath of God has been satisfied by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. (Revelation 12:11)