“God convicts you of your sin by reminding you of your righteousness…because Jesus is your righteousness.” – Steven Furtick
Many people struggle to grasp this idea of imputed righteousness. You may ask what I mean by imputed righteousness. When the believing sinner turns from sin and turns to Christ, he or she receives Christ’s righteousness.
Does that mean the believer always acts righteous? No! He or she still has free will to make good or bad choices. It does mean that positionally you have the righteousness of Christ applied to you.
Where would I get such an idea? The Bible! James 2:23 says that Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Second Corinthians 5:21 says that Christ knew no sin but became sin (took our sin on the cross) “so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
So, it is His applied righteousness that preserves your salvation. PLEASE NOTE: THIS DOES NOT GIVE YOU A LICENSE TO LIVE LIKE YOU WANT UNTIL YOU DIE! Grace is NEVER a license to sin! Christ freed us to obey Him! So, my friend, walk in that righteousness! You no longer call your own shots. Jesus is your “commander in chief”. You are His to do His will and enjoy the satisfaction of pleasing Him all the days of your life.