In the Bible the term righteousness is mentioned 540 times, the term faith 348 times.
What does righteousness mean?
Righteousness means the same as “standing directly with God”, so being in a genuine relationship with God.
The Jews believe that righteousness means keeping the Ten Commandments.
But this alone is not enough. God gave them the Ten Commandments not to achieve righteousness, but to show that it is not possible to keep them.
It is not possible to become righteous before God oneself.
In the Old as in the New Testament it says: “There is none that doeth good, no, not one.” “There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Psalms 14:1-3; Romans 3:10).
The Israelites needed a saviour. And that was precisely God’s plan – to send a saviour, Jesus.
Christians too want to achieve righteousness themselves. But the only path to this is through faith in what Jesus has done for us.
If we believe in him and at the same time think that we have to go to extra effort to do good, this makes the salvation made possible by Jesus invalid.
Our churches do not command us to follow the Ten Commandments as the key to righteousness, but rather something else: to complete offices in the church, to give our tithe, to pray, to read the Bible, all with the goal of achieving salvation.
This teaching is also wrong. Jesus has already saved us. We are righteous before God. Of course it is good if we follow these teachings. But they are not the key to salvation.
We are born again. The new spirit within us is one with God's Holy Spirit. Our spirit is sealed and remains pure.
Even if we do wrong: we remain without sin. Of course, if we do wrong it has consequences. They hinder us, and perhaps others also and our soul.
But we remain saved.
Do you want to be righteous in God’s eyes?
God’s Word promises, “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation…. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom. 10:9-10, 13)
Jesus has already done everything for you. You just need to believe in him.
Pray out loud with faith:
“Jesus, I confess that you are my Lord and my Saviour. I believe in my heart that God raised you from the dead. By faith in your Word, I receive salvation now. Thank you for saving me.”
In the very moment when you chose to receive Jesus, a new spirit came into you. You are born again and saved. This is the first moment in your new life.
“The New You & The Holy Spirit” is available as a book and will help you to understand what you have put your faith in and what you can expect.