Eagle Wings Ministry
How His Righteousness becomes Your Righteousness
The Lord said of Abraham, “And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” (Gen 15:6). A more accurate rendering of the Hebrew would be “He believed God”, not only “in God” as a person, but in the future promise to the point that he demonstrated his trust in that promise. The word "believed" meant that Abraham trusted God that the promise would actually happen.
As a result, the Lord imputed, or counted, Abraham’s faith for righteousness. Righteousness means “right standing” with God. Abraham accepted the Lord’s call on his life and in turn received imputed righteousness based on his faith. Abraham, in spite of his faults, was declared justified and righteous by the Lord’s standard.
The Word declares of Abraham, “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness." (Rom 4:20-22).
The spiritual law of righteousness is centered in Jesus. “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” (Rom 3:21-26).
Your future in eternity rests on the basis of what righteousness you are relying on before God. Whose righteousness are you trusting in? Yours or Jesus’s?
2 Cor 5:21