Sinners Made RighteousRomans 3:10-12: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
If we are completely sinners as the Bible says we are, how can we become righteous? It is by faith. Faith in God is counted to us for righteousness.
Romans 4:3-8: For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
When we first become saved, we may not understand that ALL of the righteousness that God credits to us is a gift from Him. Our flesh likes to take credit for the righteousness that He gives us. Our flesh likes to convince us that we are pretty nice people and God is lucky to have us. We need to get over that. Like the worldly sometimes say, we need to: Get over yourself.
Romans 5:17-18: For if by one man*s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
The righteousness that gets us into Heaven is a gift and the righteous deeds we do after He saves us, which will be rewarded in Heaven, are ordained by Him and are part of the gift. The imputed righteousness of God and the good works that He guides us into will change our persons and our lives.Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Making ourselves righteous would be a good thing but sinners cannot make themselves righteous. Only God can do that. He does that by placing us in Christ and Christ in us.Jeremiah 13:23: Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.Colossians 1:27: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Paul describing himself in Romans 7:18a: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: . . .
Without the gift of righteousness, no good thing dwells in our flesh either. We are certainly no better than the Apostle.
2 Corinthians 5:19-21: To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ*s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him (Jesus) to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.