Thursday, 19 June 2014
The True Christian IS Righteous
Many Christians today hesitate to claim that the Bible says that once a person is in Christ, he is righteous (1 Corinthians 1:30). They feel that it is self-righteousness and fear attacks from others, especially the secularists and humanists accusing them being "self-righteous". The secularists are the ones who are self-righteous among all other unsaved people.
Self-righteousness literally means righteous according to self. The Bible says that every person is pure in their own eyes. This is self-righteousness. However, to be righteous, is not self-righteousness.
A person is only truly righteous when God declares that person to be so. A person can only be righteous with God when his old self has truly died and it crucified in Christ. So, a true Christian IS righteous but he should not go around saying this as he would be boastful in doing so. 1 John 3:7 says "let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous."