I heard someone on the radio yesterday morning talking about righteousness and how we receive it but then we need to live in it.
It says in Romans 3 that “But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
Our righteousness comes not because of who we are or the way we live but only because of what Jesus did when he died on the cross and rose again. That means that we are righteous. All of us. We are a ‘new creation, the old has gone, the new has come’ as it says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 and we are pure, we are perfect, we are righteous – so how come we can still screw up? How can we still make the same old mistakes again and again? I think it’s because we just don’t really get hold of the fact that it is real. We can’t quite believe it. We forget that we are new creations and so carry on living as though we were still the old one.
Imagine that you have driven around a 20 year old car that was fit for the scrap heap about 10 years ago for as long as you can remember. You have never had to worry about damage because it was already so badly damaged that it didn’t matter. You have never had to be careful about where or how you parked it because nobody in their right mind would want to steal it and if they bumped it, well so what? You never bothered to have it serviced because it just wasn’t worth it. One day, you buy a brand new car; perfect, no faults, no damage and yet you are so used to having driven around in this old car that you forget. You treat it as you did the old one. You don’t take care when you’re driving it or parking it; you don’t make sure the oil is topped up; you don’t bother to get it cleaned and soon, it’s beginning to resemble the