Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
The Bible plainly states in Matthew 6:33 that we need Jesus’ righteousness to have the kingdom of God. 2nd Corinthians 5:21, “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.” Jesus was sinless and perfect (1st Peter 2:22; Hebrews 4:15). Jesus never sinned even once. He was the perfect Lamb of God, Who came into the world to pay our sin debt.
The Bible, God’s Word, is very clear that we have no self-righteousness to offer to God.Isaiah 64:6, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” The Bible says our best efforts are filth to God. Why? It’s because no amount of good can undo the sins we have committed. No amount of good deeds added to the list can remove the evil deeds from the list. Even one sin is enough to send a person to the lake of Fire forever. That is exactly what James 2:10 states, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” Even one sin makes us guilty in God’s eyes of breaking all of His commandments. Romans 3:19, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”
The purpose of God’s Law is to show us our guilty condition, our need for the Savior. The Law was never given to merit eternal life. Romans 3:20 plainly states this truth, “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” And again in Galatians 3:24 we read, “Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.” Amen!
The way of salvation is solely through faith in Jesus Christ, whose blood washes our sins away. Revelation 1:5, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.” And again in 1st Peter 1:18-19 we read,“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” It is Jesus precious, literal, physical blood that takes our sins away forever.
The word “atonement” is an Old Testament word which meant “to cover.” Jesus didn’t atone for our sins; but rather, His precious blood TOOK AWAY our sins forever (Hebrews 10:4; 9:12,24). Jesus paid a debt He did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay. Amen!
Thus, we are saved by Jesus’ righteousness, and not by our own self-righteousness in any way, fashion or form. Romans 4:5-6, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.”What a precious passage of Scripture! A man’s faith is COUNTED for righteousness! A man’s faith causes God to impute (attribute) the righteousness of Christ to him. Jesus took our sins upon Himself at Calvary. God places the righteousness of Christ unto us at salvation. We are declared justified… JUST-IF-I’D never sinned! This is only made possible by the literal blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ that taketh away our sins.
So I say to you my friend . . . if you want to have eternal life, then you need HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. I trusted Jesus as Christ, the Son of God, to forgive my sins, when I was a young teenager. I have His Righteousness! We are saved by Jesus righteousness. Jesus, Who knew no sin, became as sin, that we who knew no righteousness could be made the righteousness of God in Christ. Romans 10:3-4, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.” Have you submitted unto God’s righteousness? Most religious people today are going about to establish their own self-righteousness. They are still bound for Hell in their sins. They have churchianity without Christianity. Religion wants to fit us with glasses, but the Lord wants to open our eyes.
Oh, listen my friend. We need His righteousness to get to Heaven. There’s absolutely nothing that you, nor I, can do to impress God in the flesh. Jesus paid for our sins in full with His precious blood. Jesus came into the world to SAVE SINNERS. If we’ll simply acknowledge our guilt of sin before God, believing on Jesus as the Christ, the Son of God, to forgive our sins, then we will be saved. Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Revelation 1:7, “Behold, He cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen.”