Some of you who read the title know where I am going with this while others of you are scratching your head. How can Matthew (or anyone else) be righteous and unrighteous simultaneously? It’s easy.
I was born into this world unrighteous. Romans 3:10 says there is none good. I was tainted with sin because of the curse stemming from Adam’s disobedience. Romans 5 states that sin was passed down through the seed of the man. So, I am positionally unrighteous.
When I commit sin, I am practically unrighteous. I am practicing things that dishonor God. So how can I be righteous with positional and practical unrighteousness working against me?
The only remedy for my unrighteousness is Christ’s righteousness. Second Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Christ took on my sin so I could have His righteousness. What an awesome thought! While I slip and can be practically unrighteous, the blood of Christ permanently washes away my sin and makes positionally righteous and secures my salvation by the down payment of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1).
There are many truths within Scripture that I will never understand. While my mind will never fully grasp the greatness of our God and His salvation plan, I am thankful for this truth that has changed my life. My position makes me want to practice righteousness and please my Heavenly Father. If you want what I am talking about, turn from your sin and trust Jesus Christ to cleanse you and make you whole.