Christ Our Righteousness and Righteousnesses

This post continues the excerpts from Experiencing, Enjoying, and Expressing Christ. Details about this book are here.

New Jerusalem

Romans 5:19 tells us, “through the obedience of the One [Christ] the many will be constituted righteous.” Christ Himself, received by us, constitutes us righteous. God made Him righteousness to us (1 Corinthians 1:30), and this is called “the free gift,” “the gracious gift is out of many offenses unto justification” (Romans 5:16).

Revelation 19:7-8 says, “Let us rejoice and exult, and let us give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. It was given to her that she should be clothed in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the saints.”

The righteousness that is Christ Himself is sufficient for us to be justified and saved; this righteousness is singular in number. The use of righteousnesses in Revelation 19:8 is in the plural, however, and proves that what is mentioned in this verse is not Christ as our righteousness for us to be justified. Rather, it is righteous deeds, the daily walk, the Christian living, which Christ as our life works out through us. This outworking of the inner life is the white linen with which we are clothed.

Righteous deeds are our living out of Christ. In Philippians 1:21 Paul says, “to me to live is Christ.” This could be paraphrased “to me to act righteously is Christ.”

The bride in Revelation 19 will wear white linen, which is the righteousnesses of the saints. We produce such a garment of righteousness by walking daily according to the Spirit of life and by having a life that is a life of the Spirit. If we prepare our wedding garment day by day, month by month, and year by year by living such a life in the Spirit, we will not be found naked when the Lord comes. Instead, at His coming, we will be wearing a bright and clean, or pure, wedding garment (3:18).

Walking according to the Spirit to live Christ as our righteousnesses is our path to New Jerusalem.

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