Gift of Righteousness
The existence of the moral law as enshrined in the Old Testament leaves everyone without excuse.
19 Now we know that whatever the Law says, it speaks to those who are under the Law, that every mouth may be closed, and all the world may become accountable to God;
20 because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.
21 But now apart from the Law a righteousness of God has been manifested, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, (Rom 3:19-21)
A different source of righteousness, inhabiting a different universe than morality or the law, has come. This other worldly righteousness has been witnessed to by the Old Testament in the law and the prophets. It is nothing new but it is strangely different. This paradoxical righteousness produces moral people but not through law keeping. Indeed Christianity is more than just keeping rules; it is having the righteousness of God himself. In a sense a rule keeper is a moral zero. They have done what should have been done. The person believing the Gospel is not morally neutral, but instead positively has the righteousness of God. Amazingly it has nothing to do with the Law and morality but it has everything to do with a simple gift of God’s righteousness. You have been given the gift of God’s righteousness.
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