Grace and Righteousness
How do grace and righteousness go together? Grace is the favor from God that we don’t deserve. Righteousness is how God sees us because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I wrote a blog Why Was Jesus Born? It didn’t fully answer the question and this may help explain somethings left out. I am also sure there are more answers than this blog can provide.
Romans 5:20-21 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Jesus had to be born to be fully human, to know what we went through everyday and to fulfill the law perfectly. He had to die so that we could live. We can live forever with God and Jesus Christ.
Why does God care about us? I think the simple answer is because He chooses to care about us and just as important He choose us. He is unchanging and He has made promises to us (humans, man kind, followers of Jesus).
Here is an Old Testament promise but it is also intended for those who are descendants of Abraham through faith . Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
The flip side of grace is mercy. Mercy is not getting the punishment we deserve. God is full of grace and mercy (Psalm 145:8).
God’s grace is infinite. It will never run out. Think about that – it is infinite He can show us grace for centuries and millenniums even forever and it will never run out.
Righteousness is living up to God’s standard. His standard is perfection. Perfection is why Jesus fulfilled the law; He was the one that never sinned.
Righteousness is defined as the condition acceptable to God, integrity, virtue and purity of life in one online Lexicon on Blueletterbible.org.
Romans 5:17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
I never noticed it before but the word trespass is singular. The one sin that made us all sinners at birth has been conquered because of the abundance of grace. It holds no power over us as God sees us as righteous because of Jesus Christ who paid for all our sins and makes us righteous.
The root determines the fruit. At first we are the root of Adam. That root produces sin. Then we became the root of Jesus who knew no sin when we believe and confess in Jesus Christ.
Romans 10:8-10 what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
God’s grace, mercy, and generosity are infinite. Accept the gift of grace and righteousness which cost us nothing. When we understand this concept and accept the gifts God has for us, this changes life.
We get a new Spirit. We are given perfect spiritual DNA. Life is abundant here and now and forever.