Jesus Christ is our righteousness (1Corinthians 1:30). We cannot have a right relationship with God in our own righteousness because our self-righteousness is as filthy rags. The translation for fithly rags is actually ….a menstral cloth. Do you see how the Lord views human acheivements? He is discusted by them!
We are guilty sinners in the need of a perfect righteousness from a perfect Saviour(Rom. 3:23; Jer. 17:9; Mark 7:20-23).
Christ our righteousness is a forensic term referring to our acquittal by God. All that we have as true Christians we have received as a FREE GIFT of God through Jesus Christ. We are justified ONCE AND FOR ALL for all by grace through faith in Christ. It never has to be repeated because it is a non-repeatable event. When we are untied to Christ, we have a righteous and holy standing before God. We are “in Christ.” We have a SPIRITUAL union in Him. We have a right relationship with God because of the finished work of JESUS CHRIST on the cross. Christ is the basis of our perfect acceptance with God (2 Cor. 5:21).
God has robed us with the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ. He is the basis of our acceptance with God and nothing else. To add human effort to the cross is a slap in the Saviour’s face. It is taking your filthy rags and offering them to him as he handg on the cross in his suffering.
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:12 that we are declared by the atoning death of Christ righteous before God. This “righteousness” of God in Christ is that quality, which is ours when God acquits the believer, based upon the finished death of Jesus Christ (Rom.4: 22-25). God acquits the believer for Christ’s sake, not ours.
This righteousness, like justification, is always forensic. God is Judge, and we must stand before Him. We can only plead guilty because we are guilty. God treated Jesus Christ as if He were the guilty sinner, and deals with the believing sinner as though he or she were righteous. Christ did not deserve the curse; we did. The IMPUTED righteousness of Christ to the sinner is a demonstration of the wisdom of God. It is a display of His justice, mercy, grace, love, and power as would never enter into the mind of men. It is a manifestation, “The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (I Cor. 1:25).
The cross and the resurrection is the power of God unto salvation. Therefore we should glory in the cross of Jesus Christ and God’s saving grace alone.
Because our right standing with God IS HIS WORK, He alone gets all the glory, praise and honour. God pronounces the verdict based upon whether we have accepted or denied Jesus Christ as our Savior.
Man cannot satisfy the Judge unless he is righteous. Man cannnot produce the righteousness God requires. It has to be given to him by the Saviour. Faith is counted to Christians as righteousness (Rom. 3:23; Gal. 3:26). Christ Himself becomes our righteousness , (2 Cor. 5:21). God the Righteous Judge views us not as we are in our sinfulness, but IN CHRIST. He is our perfect standing before God.
If you break even one of God’s laws then you have broken them all and are condemned to die.
It is only the righteousness of Christ that can possibly satisfy the law which demands PERFECTION.
Christ is our righteousness; nothing else will will satisfy God. It is the blood of a perfect sacrifice that atones for sin. Jesus Christ is the lamb of God who takes away our sins and his sacrifice alone that can save us from death and hell fire.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 1For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; THAT WE MIGHT BE MADE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21