The Bible speaks of two types of righteousness:
God’s righteousness: Ro 10:1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. Ro 10:2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. Ro 10:3 For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Ro 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Man’s righteousness: Php 3:7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Php 3:8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ Php 3:9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—Php 3:10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, Php 3:11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
2 Co 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Co 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Published on Monday, January 21, 2013 @ 4:50 AM CDT