Every believer has been made righteous by the gracious sacrifice of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Righteousness is not merited by the works that you do to please God. Righteousness is rather first and foremost imputed unto you the moment you believe in the work of sacrifice that Jesus Christ did for you.
The Bible says in Romans 10:10;
“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Believing (faith) is that which causes a person to be made righteous not the works. No one becomes a Christian by works but by faith – believing in the work of grace that the Lord Jesus did to save you.
“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
From the passage above, it can be gleaned that righteousness is a gift given to every believer by avenue of the work of Jesus Christ.
A gift is not something we earn as payment or a reward for our hard work; it is freely given and it depends solely on the giver not the recipient.
The giver decides to whom he/she will offer the gift to, and the only role the recipient has to do is to either receive the gift or decline the offer.
When you believed and accepted Jesus Christ as your lord and savior, you received him and what he had to offer – one of them being the gift of righteousness.
Regardless of what you do; once you are a believer, the free gift of righteousness is still in your possession.
Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Your righteousness is hinged on the fact that you accepted or received Jesus Christ, not on the deeds you commit.
The only way for you to become unrighteous is if, and only if you decline the offer- thus reject or denounce Jesus Christ as your Savior and really stand by that decision.
Righteousness is a free gift from the Lord to you. However, it’s honorable to cherish every gift given to you, especially when it’s out of love. Enjoy this gift, and cherish it.
This is excerpt from my newly published kindle book called “Tree of Righteousness: The Planting of Yahweh.” You can get it here.