“Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.” Psalm 15:1-2
The purpose for which we go to church is to find shelter, it is to find refuge. The question then is who gets it? “He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.” Psalm 15:2
“For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.” (Romans 14:18). What things? Nothing else but “righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost,” (vs 17). And verse 19 says, “Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”
“And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith…” Philippians 3:9
The dictionary meaning is;
- behaviour showing high moral standards,
- a quality considered morally good or desirable in a person or
- a good or useful quality of a thing.
The Bible’s standard of a believer’s righteousness is God’s own perfection in every attribute, every attitude, every behaviour, and every word. Thus, God’s laws, as given in the Bible, is what measures our righteousness, yet not attainable by works but through his grace.
This means that we are made righteous in the sight of God; we are accepted as righteous and treated as righteous by God on account of what the Lord Jesus has done for us. He was made sin so that we could be made righteousness. We have received this precious gift of righteousness from the God of all mercy and grace. “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 Corinthians 5:21). We have no ability to achieve righteousness in and of ourselves. But Christians possess the righteousness of Christ, because “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
On the cross, Jesus exchanged our sin for His perfect righteousness so that we can one day stand before God and He will see no sin in us but will see the righteousness of Christ in us.
1 Timothy 6:11 says, “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”
What are things you’re supposed to flee? Psalm 15 says, backbiting, doing evil, reproach against neighbour, swearing, usury, etc.
Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill? 1 Timothy 6:12 says, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”