Scriptures: Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Jeremiah 23:5-6)
Righteousness is holiness, purity, or to be upright and free from sin or guilt as a result of having been judged or reckoned as such, by one who is completely and wholly sinless, guiltless, and free from any such thing. 1. Well I’m a good person, and I help people when I can. 2. I try to treat others the way I want to be treated. 3. My moral compass is in check. 4. I don’t lie and I don’t cheat. When witnessing, have you ever come across these excuses, or others like them, from those you are witnessing to, when asked the questions, are you saved, or have you been born again? These responses are self-righteous at best, and they certainly don’t qualify one to receive forgiveness of sins, to be considered as righteous before God, and to live eternally with Jesus Christ, as a part of His church, or His bride. Isaiah 64:6 says, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags.”
GUILTY! When we came into this world, upon taking our very first breaths, that is exactly what we were, guilty! We were born sinners, which meant we came into this world with a barrier between ourselves and our Savior! Sin separates us from God! Psalm 51:5 says, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity and in sin did my mother conceive me.” (This passage of Scripture is a part of the prayer David prayed asking God for mercy and forgiveness, when Nathan the prophet had gone unto him, after he had gone into Bathsheba, and after plotting the death of her husband Uriah to conceal his sin.) Because we are born with the proclivity to sin by reason of the sinful nature inherent in us, because of the fall of man in the garden of Eden, we are born sinful creatures. In order to be brought into a right relationship with our Lord and Savior, a system of reconciliation between God and man is necessary. Mankind is powerless to reconcile or restore the amicable relationship that existed between God and man, because all of our righteousness is as a filthy rag.
In the Old Testament, God said, a Righteous Branch would come through the lineage of King David.The aforementioned King is Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, Jehovah-Tsidkenu, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS! II Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” It is only through Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, that we are made righteous! God robed Himself in flesh, that He would become the sinless, guiltless sacrifice, that would take upon Himself the sins of the world! Jesus Christ imputed unto us HIS righteousness! We now have been justified, and made free from the penalty of sin by the grace of God, through Jesus Christ! We gave the Lord our old filthy garments of sin, and He gave us robes of pure white! What an awesome exchange! Though our sins were as scarlet, they have been washed white as snow, through the precious blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary! Though I was a sinner, a wretch undone, Jesus looked beyond my faults and saw my needs! If you don’t know the Lord as your Savior, you can become the righteousness of God, through Jesus Christ! You can be born again of the water and of the spirit! Come to Jesus! He will save you! May the Lord bless you abundantly, today and every day!