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. (Romans 10:3-4)
Such interesting and serious words – for us not to be ignorant of God’s righteousness and not going about to establish our own righteousness, by our own doing, effort, and strength. By doing what I “have to”, by turning God’s word into a set of rules, into what I must do, how I must act, and how I must appear. Instead, we should simply submit ourselves unto the righteousness of God! But what exactly does that mean? How can I submit myself to the righteousness of God?
Righteousness is a state, a state of the heart. In Revelations chapter 22, verse 11, it is written: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”
In front of God, there are only two kinds of states -or- two kinds of people: the state of being unrighteous (a sinner) -or- the state of being righteous (a holy child of God).
If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him. (1 John 2:29)
Often times, I hear people saying that through Calvary, Jesus brought the forgiveness of sin to us. Indeed that is true. But He didn’t just bring the forgiveness of sin – He also brought the freedom from sin, from the sinful nature, from the old carnal man!
Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. (Romans 6:18)
Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous… Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (1 John Chapter 3)
Therefore, let us not be ignorant of God’s righteousness and submit ourselves to His righteousness! To submit yourself to His righteousness, means to accept His righteousness as your own state! To fully believe that He came to free you from sin!