Righteousness and holiness are obtained through faith in Christ, not through our own works of law-keeping. It is only through realizing our inability to keep the law and our need for a savior that we can truly enjoy the blessing of righteousness and holiness that we have been given in Christ. Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us when we place our faith in Him. This qualifies us to receive His Spirit, which is Christ Himself coming to be our life, our sanctification, Christ Himself becomes our life, our sanctification, our wisdom, and our satisfaction (1 Corinthians 1:30; John 4:14). He washes us and renews us through the water of His Word (John 7:37-39; Romans 10:17). This is a service to His bride and His Body, which He cherishes, nourishes, and loves, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:26-29).
I. Righteousness and Holiness Obtained Through Faith in Christ, Not Through Works of Law-Keeping
- Realizing inability to keep the law and need for a savior (Romans 3:20-24)
- Christ’s righteousness imputed to us through faith (Romans 4:5-8)
- Christ’s sanctification at work in us as we enjoy Him through faith. (1 Corinthians 1:30)
It is important to focus on Christ as our righteousness, sanctification, and reward rather than on our own efforts to keep the law. The Gospel itself is the power of God unto salvation and reveals the righteousness of God from faith to faith. It supplies us with the Spirit (Gal 3:2-4) which is the life of Christ Himself (Rom 8:9-11) to manifest His righteous life in us as He makes His home in our hearts. This is not through our own efforts, but by the power of the Spirit at work in us.
II. Focus on Christ as Our Righteousness, Sanctification, and Reward
- Importance of not relying on our own efforts to keep the law (Galatians 2:16)
- Christ as the source of our righteousness, sanctification, and reward (Philippians 3:9)