The righteousness of Christ is personal to every believer.
The righteousness of Christ means that when God lets me into heaven he doesnt do it by dropping the standard. He does it by meeting the standard. Gods mercy does not ever set aside or contradicts Gods justice it fulfills it. In other words when God brings a believer to heaven he does so justly. Look when I get to heaven I will be able to say
I deserve to be there. Not that I deserve it by the works I did in my life thats not what Im saying, not saying I deserve it because of anything I did. If I were to get what I deserve you know what I would get. Think about it what makes us unworthy of heaven and an object of hell?? SIN!!!
But if I believe in Christ where is my sin? Its gone my surety has paid for it its paid the debt is cleared God has received the payment at the hand of Christ by surety a perfect payment. But more than that more than just bringing my account to zero and removing the debt I owed that whole funnel of perfection is showered onto my account. God has put a gold mine of credit all that vastness all that fulfilling of the law look God looks at his law and looks at me and neither he or anyone else can bring a single accusation at all. If God were to exclude the poor believer in Jesus Christ covered by the blood he would be unjust why? Because hes already has accepted the payment at my sureties hand.
"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.
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.
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord".
This is freely given to all who believe. You have got to understand this you do not get to heaven without merit. So many people think that God is too loving hes too nice too santa claus like to throw sinners into hell. Im telling you the only ones who will be allowed into heaven are merited they deserve it they have the credentials to get there. If you dont have it God will throw you into the firey dungeons of hell for certain as Gods word is certain you must have merit. You cant merit in your own works.
You want something to present to God you want to make yourself beautiful in his sight but your ugly and defiled. Unless your robed with what he has to give you, you will not be accepted and people trip and stumble over Christ all the time Why?
Because he stands in the way of your sin, selfishness, sexual pleasures he stands in the way of what you want to do with your life and your tripping. Remember this if you trip over Christ you will fall and you will fall into shame.
Lord were here were ready, were ready to go home to heaven Jesus says: "I never knew you" "Depart from me"
You know who those people are, they are people who think lightly of sin they think lightly of Gods standard God gave his law to man and he means for you to keep it or die and if you cant keep it, theres one who has; Jesus.
By faith in the great surety Jesus Christ you stumble or if your ashamed of him he will be ashamed of you.
To attain righteousness there is only one way on the merits of Jesus Christ.
Please, dont die without knowing Jesus We are not promised tomorrow get saved today.
Sermon by T.Conway