Righteousness… One of those misunderstood religious words. What comes to mind when you think of righteousness? Since the Bible says that as believers we are the righteousness of God in Christ, I am thinking it would be a good thing to understand. And not only understand but to know and experience! Like all things about God, being righteous only benefits you when it surpasses intellectual acknowledgement and it becomes your experience!
Sin. Well there it is. To really understand the concept of righteousness we may need to take a moment and address the Biblical principle of sin. Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God. Wow. Two grossly misunderstood religious terms. In this context, sin means to miss the mark. Like an archer who misses the target. What is the target? The Glory of God. Okay, what is the Glory of God? Sounds unobtainable. Not really. In fact, to live in God’s Glory is what we are created for. So, what is the Glory of God? We need a short Greek lesson. That word translated glory here is the Greek word doxa. And yes, it has with it the attributes of splendor, majesty, to hold in awe and many other such descriptors but at the root of it is view and opinion. Quite simply, living in the Glory of God is living in that state where you are not falling short of His opinion of you!
Oh Jeez, most of us dread God’s opinion of us. But what does the Bible say? Psalm 8:5 says that God created us just a little lower that Himself and crowned us with glory and honor! (Footnote needed here. Some versions of the Bible translate this verse to say we were created a little lower than angels. We were never lower than angels. In fact the Bible says that angels were created to minister to us!) In Romans 8:37 we are called more than conquerors. In other words, Jesus has already defeated the enemy and we walk in His victory. 2 Peter 1:4 tells us that we can have the same nature as God. We are told in 1 John 4:17 that we are just like Jesus!
And you know what the greatest part is? This is how God sees you! You are hidden in Christ Colossians 3:3 ! When God looks at you he sees Jesus!
Where does that leave us? God has an opinion of us. We have all fallen short of His opinion but He has never changed the way He feels about us or His opinion of us. We are still beings created in His likeness and His image. We were all created for greatness. To walk in love, dwell in peace and have an awesome life, a life of abundance.
This is how it should be. This is Righteousness. A life filled with the life, light, and love of God. Not some religious obscure term but a concrete reality evidenced by a fruitful life.
God will not leave us where we are. If we reach out to Him with a sincere heart He will reveal Himself to us. Hebrews 11:6
Righteousness. As it should be. Jesus living in us. Empowered to live beyond anything we can ask or even imagine. Start seeing yourself the way God sees you!