Following are some of the most impactful scriptures on righteousness in the bible.
Abraham – the pattern of being declared righteous by God.
“And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”
“And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”
The link between Abraham responding to the gospel of righteousness by faith exactly the same way the Gentiles would.
“Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.”
“Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.”
God justifies (declares righteous) the guilt, ungodly and sinful.
“But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness,”
Being justified (declared righteous) means we are presented holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight. We are graciously gifted the same right standing with God that Christ has with God.
“And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight.”
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
2 Cor 5:21
A great scripture outlining that just as Jesus Christ did not need to have sinned to be made sin (a sin offering), you and I don’t need to have done righteous things to be made righteous. In justifying us, God treats us not as if we had never done anything wrong, He treats us as if we have always done everything right.
“For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners,
so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”
The results of justification (being declared righteous) – peace and rest.
“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
“The work of righteousness will be peace, And the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.”
Access to God with confidence and boldness.
“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,…”
“In whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.”
“1For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
No condemnation now awaits us.
“And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)…”
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,.”
“Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”
We are not only declared righteous but also recreated righteous.
“and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”
“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
2 Cor 5:17
“…not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,”
And we are now empowered to live righteously and practice righteousness.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”
“And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.”
“If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.”
1 John 2:29
“Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous… Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”
1 John 3:7&9
“being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
A glorious future of completed righteousness awaits every believer where God will remove all trace of sin from us and we will be completely righteous – spirit, soul and body.
“Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
“who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.”
“Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”
2 Peter 3:13
“For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”
See more scriptures on:
- The righteousness of God
- The unrighteousness of man [corrupted nature] [legally guilty] outside of a redeeming relationship with Christ.