Since they did not know the righteousness of God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness – Romans 10:3
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God — 2 Corinthians 5:21
Gold is not made. It is created. Nothing can replace it. It just exists, you take it and use it. Human efforts cannot make gold. Iron or any other element cannot be transformed to gold.
Righteousness of God is the standard of the realm of God. It is the essence and nature of His Kingdom. It is the law by which His Kingdom operates. Anything unrighteous cannot enter the realm of God, just like darkness cannot enter light.
His Righteousness cannot be attained by human efforts. Man is aware of his state and strives to attain it by his efforts, to get right with God. He tries religion, good deeds etc. Righteousness is not a product of human efforts. Like gold it has to be just received, it cannot be made. Just receive and wear it like a robe. Bible calls it the Robe of Righteousness. (Isaiah 61:10 )
All human attempts to come up to this Righteous Standard of God are vain attempts. It’s like Adam and Even attempting to cover their sin with leaves (Genesis 3:7 ). God had to intervene and clothe them with the skin of a sacrificed lamb (Genesis 3:21 ), which represents His way of making things right. Our human efforts to attain this Righteousness does not just show our ignorance but also our arrogance, and God calls it filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6 ). Our self-righteous garment is like the man who was invited to the wedding banquet but did not have the wedding garment and was thrown out by the king. (Matthew 22:11)
Jesus, is the price God paid to make this kind of Righteousness available to sinful men. He is the sacrificed lamb who was stripped off of His Righteousness on the Cross when He was de-robed and hung naked and became sin (John 19:23 ). The Righteousness stripped off of Him is the same Righteousness we receive when we put our trust in Him. There was no other way for this Righteousness of God to be made available to man, other than by the sacrifice of Jesus – the Lamb.
Because of what Jesus has done, now we have His Righteousness as a free gift. We just receive it and put on as a Robe and not rely on our self-effort. Now we are eligible to enter into the realm of God, to be called His children. We are citizens of His Kingdom with right standing with God. We are the children of light and there is no darkness in us. We have full access to Him. All because of Him who loved us so much to find a way to make us worthy to be called His children, even though it cost Him Jesus, His Son.
You cannot make gold, you just take and wear it. You cannot attain His Righteousness by self-effort. You just receive it and put it on and live as a child of God boldly.
- Romans 10:3
- Isaiah 61:10
- Leviticus 1:6
- Genesis 3:7
- Genesis 3:21
- Isaiah 64:6
- John 19:23
- 2 Corinthians 5:21
- 1 Peter 2:24
- Matthew 22:11