“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” Matt. 13:43. What a confession from the lips of the Father that those who have been made righteous with His own Righteousness in the New Covenant shall shine forth as the sun! Now they walk in the fullness of the dignity and reality of the Father’s own Righteousness.
They have been made Righteous by the Father himself. Righteousness In the Father’s Estimation and Policy.
Rom. 3:26, “That he might himself be righteous, and the righteousness of him that hath faith in Jesus.” God is the Righteousness of the man who has faith in Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord.
The Creator of the universe becomes our Righteousness.
He gives us the ability to stand in His presence as though sin had never been.
He becomes our Sponsor and strength. 2 Cor. 3:5,6 “not that we are competent of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves, but our competency is of God; It is He also who has made us competent to serve Him in connexion with a new Covenant, which is not a written code but a Spirit; for the written code inflicts death, but the Spirit gives Life.” 2 Cor. 5:21, speaking of Jesus, “Him who knew no sin God made to become sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him.” By the New Birth, we have become the very Righteousness of God in Christ.
He is the Author and Creator of this Righteousness.
He made us to be His own Righteousness. To give us confidence and assurance in our daily walk, He out of His great love has become our Righteousness. Eph. 2:8-10, “For by grace have ye been saved (or healed) through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.”
What He creates and what He makes is beautiful in His sight. We are His love poem.
We, who have become New Creations, have the ability to stand before the throne of grace with joy, with pride in the Righteousness that He has given us.
Not only can we stand before the Throne, but we can also face Satan unafraid.
We are masters. We can face the raging sea as Jesus did, and know that it is our servant.
We can face the hungry multitudes as Jesus faced it, and know that five loaves and two little fishes when touched by love will multiply until the crowds are satisfied.
We can stand before a lost world knowing that Jesus’ sacrifice on Calvary and His victory over death, hell and the grave are all that lost world needs.
Two Kinds of Righteousness.