What makes a Christian righteous?

The law protected us until we could be made right with God
Today's Scripture: Galatians 3 

One of the much debated subjects in Christianity is that of righteousness. Christians are caught between asking what they have to do to be righteous and are eager to know the cost.In the above Bible verse however, we learn that it is our belief in Christ that makes us righteous. This was what counted for Father Abraham in the Bible, and what is preached to us too (check verse 18).

Righteousness in simple terms refers to the act of being made right with God. In verse 24 of the above chapter, the Bible says, “The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith” (emphasis mine).We understand therefore that our position of righteousness comes through faith in the Savior.

The real question is this: if I am made righteous by my faith, do I need to do good? The answer to that is neither a yes or no. In actual fact, when we are made righteous by faith, we should let go of the responsibility to “do good” in order to look good. However, we also need to “do good” because we have already been made good. In other words, we are righteous not by our works, but through our faith in Him. Our righteous works therefore do not save us, but our righteous works show that we have been saved.

Prayer Point: Father, help me to bask in the righteousness that I have in you in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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