Righteousness by faith - simplified.
No, It is not what you believe, but it is who you believe.
Rom 10:3 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.
Many think as also I used to, that righteousness consists of the accomplishments, performance or deeds of their life. While these do proceed from and reflect their righteousness, they are not righteousness itself. So, what is it that one is trying to establish, when one is going about establishing their own righteousness, or what is it that one is getting when they think of having righteousness by faith?
What is Righteousness?
Righteousness is judgment. Apart from judgment there is no righteousness. Whose judgment it is, establishes whose righteousness it is. My judgment is my righteousness, it is what I judge to be right, wrong, good or bad; your judgment is your righteousness; it is what you judge to be right, wrong, good or bad. It is judgment that one uses to “justify” oneself. God’s righteousness is his judgment. It is what he judges to be right, wrong, good or bad. His judgment is his righteousness. Judgment and righteousness cannot be separated.
Job 40:6-8 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
What is faith?
Faith is the establisher of judgment. In whose judgment I live reveals whom I believe. In whose judgment you live reveals whom you believe. Faith establishes who you believe; whose judgment you accept. In the light of whose judgment I live, is whose righteousness I have, and whom I believe. Whom I believe, whose judgment I believe and receive is whose righteousness I have.
Rom 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
In order to have the righteousness which is of God, I need to simply live in the light of his judgment. In order to live in the light of his judgment, I need to believe him, trust him enough to depart from my own judgment and receive his judgment. In order to depart from my own judgment and receive his judgment I have to want to do his will. Whose judgment I listen to is whom I believe and whose righteousness I have and whose will I do.
Thus, Righteousness by faith is not a point of accomplishment,
but the point of listening;
the point of belonging; the point of whom I believe.
As the trusting child receives his Father’s judgment, so also I discovered his righteousness in his judgment.
Luk 18:17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.
This is the faith of the Son of God. He does not have his own righteousness. His righteousness is of his Father by faith. That is how he is the express image of the Father. Christ said:
Joh 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just (righteous); because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
Joh 7:18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
Joh 12:49 For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
So, the next time you want something, or are going to say something, ask yourself: whose judgment is it? That is whose righteousness it is. Your reaction might be: what is wrong with that? Righteousness! Your judgment is a sum result and choice of all your interests, goals, purposes, knowledge, desire, understanding, values, will. That is your righteousness. And the commandment is:
Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
How do I attain to God’s judgment that I may live in it?
How do I live in his judgment?
Judgment is not available apart from the person. In order to have God’s judgment I must gain audience with him. In order to live in his judgment, I must remain in audience with him.
Isa 55:6-7 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Pro 3:5-7 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
Psa 32:8-9 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
For God to be able to guide me with his eye, I must look through his eye, or else I shall be only as a horse or as a mule. To look through his eye I must allow him to show me what he sees, how he perceives, what he thinks; His judgment.
It began when I prayed for the first time: “Father, tell me what you want to tell me. What is on your mind? What are your thoughts? Speak to me that I may know your way and live in it. I do not know you, (I have heard and read all kinds of things about you.) I do not know your voice. But, you created my mind, you created my ears, you know how to speak to me. Speak to me in such a way that I will know it is you and that I will understand what you are telling me.”
And he did, and he will do so to all that come to him seeking to do his will.
Isa 55:1-3 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
It was then I discovered his judgment! And, thus I discovered his righteousness, not at arm’s length, but as he worked it in me. Now I am no longer afraid of the Judgment day for I am no longer deferring judgment till then, but I am receiving my Father’s (the Judge’s) judgment today. It is a glorious judgment that set me free from sin. Now I am in awe of the Judgment day.
Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Judgment received from God establishes the faith of the Son. The faith of the Son establishes the Father’s righteousness in me.
Php 3:8-10 … I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
Here is where many are confused: “mine own righteousness, which is of the law”.
How is it then mine own righteousness?
It may be God’s Law, but in whose judgment is it lived or attempted? That is whose righteousness is handling the law.
Judgment differs from the letter
inasmuch as the Judge is different from the Law,
inasmuch as the person is different from the book.
We may be surprised to realize how many “Lawyers” there are, and that we may be one of them, in fact some have made Christ one also. Every one that walks in the light of his own judgment is a Lawyer, and all the Lawyers will have to face the Judge on the Judgment day.
Isa 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
I used to be afraid of the judgment day, and for a very good reason. On that day his judgment and mine would meet. On that day his judgment and your judgment will meet. You know whose judgment will count then. In my “belief” I tried to hide behind Christ, but it did not bring me his righteousness. How could it? His righteousness could not come in, as long as I walked and lived in my own judgment.
(Some will say: I have no righteousness; only God has righteousness! True! Whether that is an abstract belief or the reality of your faith is revealed in whose judgment you live daily. (whose will, whose plans, whose desires, whose judgment))
Isa 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.
Repentance (that God speaks of) has never happened as long as we live in our judgment. One may have forsaken some bad or wrong things (which one agreed and judged as bad or wrong) but such is still in his own righteousness (what he thinks is right). When we turn from our judgment and receive his judgment is when we have repented from our own righteousness to live by his righteousness.
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
To be crucified with Christ is to cease from my own righteousness. He that has ceased from his own righteousness has ceased from his own judgment, and thus his own works. To live by the faith of the Son of God is to receive the Father’s judgment and thus righteousness. Such has entered into his Father’s rest.
Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
The righteousness of God by the faith of the Son.
The Lord bless you with his judgment.