I Am Righteous and Unrighteous

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.

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6 thoughts on “I Am Righteous and Unrighteous

  1. That was a wonderful delineation of Romans 1-5 particularly regarding Adams disobedience becoming our positional/practical (acting out in sin) consequence, but what do you make of the Last Adams consequence positionally as well as practical (acting out in righteousness), particularly from Romans 6-8?

    1. There are many things to consider from those chapters. While we wrestle with sin, we shall not continue in it because that is an abuse of His grace. Paul said in the sixth chapter that we must “reckon” ourselves dead to sin. We have a choice, and we must choose to be holy as He is holy. Feel free to ask a little more if I did not answer your question.

      1. Yes, my question was in reference to whether you held to a view of imputed as well as infused grace. In other words that the old man/sinful nature has been crucified in Christ, sanctifying and setting us free from sin, and that we have been raised with Him unto newness of life. It sounds like you do.
        And yes we have a choice, but the key is knowing you are set free entirely from sins dominion through the incarnate sacrifice of Jesus. Unfortunately, many do not teach this.
        If we believe the truth that we are dead entirely to sin (flesh crucified/circumcised away) then we will wrestle much less. This is the vital part of the renewing of the mind and relying on Grace, which is God working in us to will and to work and to live according to the truth that is in Christ (Eph. 4: 17-24).

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