God’s righteousness is received by trusting in His Son.
It is not a righteousness which we earn but a righteousness which we receive as a gift.
The means of receiving it is faith, which is a gift of God.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:”
God imputes that righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ to every person who trusts in His Son. Therefore, as far as God is concerned, that person who believes in His Son is perfect in that He has imputed to him the righteousness of the Lord Jesus.
This is what salvation really is. It is not just escaping hell’s heat and going to heaven. It is being made perfect in the eyes and presence of God through faith in His Son, Who lived a perfect life and died a substitutionary death. He alone bore the penalty of our sins; therefore, we will not bear it.
By Scott Richardson