Our Righteousness is Different Than Our Conduct
1 Cor 1:30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became wisdom to us from God: both righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
Isa 64:6 For all of us became like him who is unclean, and all our righteousnesses are like a soiled garment…
If our righteousness before God is our conduct, we can never be secure, because our conduct can be good at times and bad at other times. Even if our conduct is good, this goodness is limited and can never come up to God’s standard. But thank the Lord that our righteousness before God is not our conduct, but Christ. Therefore, we cannot be shaken before God. We may not be too strong today and may not be too good. Satan will come and say that we are worth nothing and that God does not want us. What should we say? We should say,
“Satan, you have forgotten that my righteousness before God is not my good conduct yesterday; neither is it my not-so- good conduct today. My righteousness before God is Christ. If Christ has not changed, my righteousness has not changed either.” If we are putting on our own garment, it will be torn and ragged, and we will not see God. But we can put on Christ and have the boldness to come to God. This is salvation, and this is liberation. This is the foundation of all Christian teachings.
If we ask a brother who knows God’s Word, “Will your righteousness ever fail?”, he will say no. If we ask, “Will your conduct ever fail?”, he will say yes. Have you seen this? His righteousness will not fail, but his conduct will fail. Thank the Lord that his righteousness is not his conduct, which can fail; his righteousness is the Christ who can never fail.