Outline Topic: Righteousness

By: Mary Felde
From: August 2008
Found in: Righteousness

Text: 2 Corinthians 5:21 & Romans 10:1-3

Definition of Righteousness
- Right standing with God
- The ability to stand in the Presence of the Father without any sense of fear, guilt, shame or inferiority
- To stand in the Presence of the Father as if sin never has existed


Let’s mention three persons that are/were 100% righteous before God, according to our definition:
1. Adam (before the fall)
He had never done anything wrong nor said anything wrong.
Imagine what it would feel like to be him; confident, joyful, no fear of failure.
2. Jesus
He had never done anything wrong; there was absolutely no sin in him (except when he carried our sins on the cross)
Imagine what it would feel like to be Him; confident, joyful, knowing that God always heard Him.
3. YOU!
Maybe some say, but I have sinned, I’m not perfect, so don’t compare me with Jesus!
However, if we have received Jesus Christ then we are 100% righteous, for Jesus is our righteousness.

Some may misunderstand what it means to be righteous and how righteousness is achieved. We will therefore study about the two different kinds of righteousness.

A––There are two kinds of righteousness

(Rom. 10:1-3; Phil. 3:8-9)

1. Self-righteousness
Based on us; our good works and our right living
We are not perfect; we can increase (and decrease) in this kind of righteousness: 50%, 90%, 85%….
Our self-righteousness will never be good enough to qualify us (Rom. 3:9-10; Isa. 64:6)
2. God’s righteousness
Based on God/Jesus; His good works and His right living
God is perfect; His righteousness cannot grow. It’s always perfect, always 100%. Only this kind of righteousness can qualify us.

We never come to God based on our self-righteousness (like the older son in Luke 15), but based on God’s righteousness given to us as a free gift. This righteousness is Jesus. (1 Cor. 1:30)

B––Our sinful nature has been exchanged with God’s righteous nature

1. Swapping of positions (2 Cor. 5:21; Rom. 5:19)
He took our place on the cross (all our sins and our sinful nature)
So we could have His place (no sins at all, God’s Righteous nature)
This exchange is to be born again
2. We are a new creation
Our past is gone, and we are brand new (2 Cor. 5:17)
3. Our sins are forgiven and erased
Even when we’re in heaven God doesn’t remember our sins!  (Isa. 43:25)
God doesn’t count our sins today! He doesn’t keep a list of them. (2 Cor. 5:19)
Example: If there were a video/book in heaven about your life, then all your sins were erased! No shame!

C––How God’s Righteousness is achieved

1. It’s received as a free gift in salvation, by faith in Jesus and confession of Him as Lord (Rom. 5:17; 3:22; 10:10)


Know that you are the same 100% righteous as Jesus. This brings a great thankfulness and a great change in your life.

By: Mary Felde

Mary Felde is a missionary and worldwide speaker of the Word of God. She has thought in churches, seminars, conferences, and Bible schools on four continents.

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