We are Given the Righteousness Of Christ.
This means we are seen by the Father exactly as He sees His Son. We are fully pleasing to Him, Righteous Holy, Blameless, and Sanctified.
Our worth is forever established and has forever been determined through the accomplished work of the cross.
The Body of Christ has NO business trying to add to her self-worth in anything that we do or don’t do (this is works-based identity and is a form of idolatry).
The Body of Christ has NO business trying to establish how special we are based on how others feel about us at a particular moment in time.
The Body of Christ has NO business trying to seeking anything to make us feel more loved and valuable.
We are already complete in HIS eyes. We are not to try to add to our worth. We cannot be loved more than we already are.. and He cannot ever love us less.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Cor 5:21
“And you, that were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in his sight.” Col 1:21-22
“According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:” Eph 1:4
“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Heb 10:10
“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,” Rom 3:22
“To the praise of the glory of his grace, in which he has made us accepted in the beloved.” Eph 1:6
“But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Cor 6:11
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.” Eph 5:25
“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” Col 1:20
Example of Old Covenant Thinking:
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matt 6:33
This verse is very often quoted with an Old Covenant mindset and used out of context. Please realize Jesus was talking to unregenerate Jews. He was bringing forth the message of salvation.
Christ alone is our righteousness. A sinner must receive the Gift in order to have righteousness imputed to that person. The born-again believer does NOT seek His righteousness. We have it!
Now, how we choose to live (relational righteousness) is a different story. But, we cannot even begin to seek relational righteousness until we first cease striving to try to get something that we do not realize we already have; namely His full affection, and unconditional love & acceptance.
I go into great detail on this topic in my book “The Mind of Christ” under the chapters Positional and Relational Righteousness. A free pdf can be found on this website here:
Righteous– (Strong’s 1343 Greek dikaiosuné ) justice, justness, righteousness, righteousness of which God is the source or author, but practically: a divine
Righteousness- (Strong’s 1349 Greek dikaiosýnē ) a judicial verdict” – properly, judicial approval (the verdict of approval); in the NT, the approval of God (“divine approval”)
Holy– (Strong’s 40- Greek-hágios) set apart by/for God, holy, sacred. properly, different (unlike), other (“otherness”), holy; for the believer, means “likeness of nature with the Lord” because “different from the world.”
Blameless– (Strong’s 299- Greek- amomos ) without blemish, unblemished, faultless. without blemish, free from blame, faultiness, as a victim without spot or blemish free from faultiness, as a victim without spot or blemish: 1 Peter 1:19 (Leviticus 22:21); Hebrews 9:14; in both places allusion is made to the sinless life of Christ. Ethically, without blemish, faultless, unblamable:
Sanctified– (Strong’s 37: Greek hagiazó) make holy, treat as holy, set apart as holy, sanctify, hallow, purify.