Summary: Righteousness is the absence of sin. God’s kingdom of Heaven is righteous - without sin:
Righteousness is the absence of sin. God’s kingdom of Heaven is righteous - without sin:
Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is…righteousness....
Luke 10:18 (Jesus) I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven (why was he ejected)
Ezek 28:15 You were perfect...until iniquity (sin) was found in you. (because of sin)
Due to our sin the whole human race is unrighteous and cannot enter God’s kingdom:
Rom 3:9-10 …They are all under sin…There is none righteous, no, not one;
1 Cor 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom…
All our attempts to make ourselves righteous, by trying to keep the law, won’t get us in:
Isa 64:6 We are all infected...with sin and all our righteousness is as filthy rags
Phil 3:9 …Not having my own righteousness, which is from the law…
Even if we kept the law the righteousness we need for heaven is far greater than that:
Matt 5:20 (Jesus) …Unless your righteousness exceeds (that) of the scribes and
Pharisees (who keep the law), you will by no means enter the kingdom…
Our situation is hopeless - unless Christ removes our sin and gives us His righteousness:
2 Cor 5:21 For He (God) has made Him (Christ) to be sin for us, who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him (in Christ). KJV
How do we receive Christ’s righteousness? By believing His word and obeying His Spirit:
Isa 45:19 …I, the LORD, speak righteousness…(His word cleanses us from sin)
John 15:3 You are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. (How?)
Rom 10:10 For with the heart one believes (God’s words) unto righteousness…
Rom 14:17 The kingdom of God is…righteousness…(as we live) in the Holy Spirit.
I can’t stay clean from sin unless I believe I’ve died, in Christ, to my sin nature - my flesh:
1 Pe 2:24 (Christ) who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree (cross),
that we being dead to sins (in our flesh) should live unto righteousness:
Rom 6:18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness
Ps 24:3-4 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD, Or...stand in His holy place?
(in His presence) He who has clean hands and a pure heart...(dead to sin)
God gives me His righteousness, when His word is in me, I’m in His Spirit and dead to sin
Jer 33:16 …The LORD is our righteousness (no other righteousness is acceptable)
God only reigns in His kingdom – so His promises are to those living in it - the righteous:
Deliverance Ps 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers
from all trouble them out of all their troubles (because they currently belong to Him).
Blessed with favor Ps 5:12 For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor...
It is well with them Isa 3:10 Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them…
Live in God’s presence Ps 140:13 ...The righteous shall live in Your presence. TEV
Their prayers work Jam 5:16 ...The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.