One of the names of God is “The LORD Our Righteousness” according to Jeremiah 33:16 ” In those days shall Judah be saved , and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called: The lord our righteousness. “
One of the reasons that I prefer reading the KJV is because it is the most accurate translation in my opinion. Other versions translate this verse as “the Lord is our righteous Savior” but that is not what this verse actually says. Yĕhovah tsidqenuw translated means Jehovah is our righteousness.
Righteousness means truthful, ethical, moral, lawful, just, and vindicated. In order to have a relationship with God we must be righteous. However, the Bible tells us that all are sinners. In other words, all are the exact opposite of righteous. Sinners are not ethical, nor moral, nor just. In fact, even the good humans do are considered as filthy rags in God’s sight. The translation in the verse which tells us this is actually, filthy like a menstrual cloth.
“but we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags;( a menstrual cloth) and we all do fade as a leaf, and all our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. ” Isaiah 64: 6
Human so called goodness, is not good in God’s eyes, because all mankind’s efforts to attain righteousness fall short. Sin taints all the “good ” efforts. For example, if a sinner gives to the poor it in no way justifies all other behavior, such as lying, hypocrisy, fornication etc..
The Bible tells us that if we offend in just one point of the law then we have broken them all! God demands absolute 100% perfection in our behavior to be considered righteous. That is why if you put yourself under the law to attain righteousness, even if you believe in Jesus, you cannot be saved. Those seeking to be justified by the law will die in their sins.
Scriptures tell us that 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.
We are guilty sinners in the need of a perfect righteousness from a perfect Savior (Rom. 3:23; Jer. 17:9; Mark 7:20-23).
When we receive Jesus as our Savior he saves us from our sin and then we are justified, ONCE AND FOR ALL. By grace through faith in Jesus Christ, APART FROM THE DEEDS OF THE LAW.
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.: Romans 8:23
Christians are clothed in the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF JESUS CHRIST. He is the basis of our acceptance with God and nothing else. God has IMPUTED (attributed to our account) the righteousness of Jesus Christ to the sinner.
Humans cannot produce the righteousness God requires. It has to be given to person as a free gift by Jesus Christ the Savior. When a person receives Jesus Christ as their Savior, the faith in his ability to save them, is accounted to Christians as their righteousness (Rom. 3:23; Gal. 3:26).
Jesus Christ Himself becomes the Christian’s righteousness 2 Cor. 5:21
Won’t you receive Jesus Christ and his righteousness today?
2 Corinthians 5:17-21King James Version (KJV)
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. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him