Jesus Called Me Righteous?

“…for we walk by faith, not by sight” 2 Corinthians 5:7

Other translations of this verse say “the righteous walk by faith, not by sight”

Notice that “we” and “the righteous” are interchangeable. What? I don’t know about you, but righteous would NOT be the word I (or anyone who knows me) would choose in the “pick a word to describe yourself” game.

How is it that we, with all of our sin, can be defined by a word that means “morally justifiable; virtuous, very good; excellent”?

The truth is, we are none of these things by ourselves. In Him, we are all of these things, because HE is all of these things.

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” Matthew 6:33

Jesus came to give us the extremely undeserved label of righteous. The gift of His righteousness engulfs everyone who has accepted Him as Savior and Lord. If we are the righteousness of God, and we are told to seek first His righteousness, that means when we seek His righteousness we find ourselves. When we find ourselves in Him, we are free to walk by faith and not by sight. Re-read that and let it sink in. Freedom is found in Him when we find ourselves through Him.

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