Are you righteous?
If you’re a Christian, your answer should be an absolute, unequivocal YES.
How can you be so sure?
Righteousness is a free gift. In the same way you were born with a sin-nature through no fault of your own [due to Adam’s sin]; it’s the same way you are born-again righteous through no fault/deed of your own [due to Jesus’ obedience].
Romans 5:19 For just as by one man’s disobedience the many were constituted sinners, so by one Man’s obedience the many will be constituted righteous (made acceptable to God, brought into right standing with Him).
Because it’s His righteousness that has been imparted to us, we are saved and MADE righteous through placing our faith in what Jesus Christ alone has done. This is why we can proclaim with all boldness “I am the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus.”
Romans 3:20 For no person will be justified (made righteous, acquitted, and judged acceptable) in His sight by observing the works prescribed by the Law. For [the real function of] the Law is to make men recognize and be conscious of sin.
Romans 5:9 Therefore, since we are now justified (acquitted, made righteous, and brought into right relationship with God) by Christ’s blood, how much more [certain is it that] we shall be saved by Him from the indignation and wrath of God.
Romans 8:30 And those whom He thus foreordained, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified (acquitted, made righteous, putting them into right standing with Himself). And those whom He justified, He also glorified.
Self-righteousness is believing you can be made righteous through your good deeds or by trying to live a holy life through your own self effort. All our self-righteousness is like filthy rags, and “If righteousness came by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”Galatians 2:21
So, friend I implore you in the words of Holy Spirit through Paul- that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
What an awesome God we serve!