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“Righteousness”

Righteousness is defined as thinking, saying, and doing the right thing in the eyes of God at all times, but our sinful nature makes this impossible. For this reason, Christ had to bear our sin on the cross and give us access to imputed righteousness by taking the punishment we deserved. When we live out our imputed righteousness by consciously making the choice to choose God’s way, instead of our own, we become signposts showing non-believers what the new creation will look like when Jesus returns.

Isaiah 45:17-25

But Israel will be saved by the Lord
    with an everlasting salvation;
you will never be put to shame or disgraced,
    to ages everlasting.

 For this is what the Lord says—

he who created the heavens,
    he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
    he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
    but formed it to be inhabited—
he says:
“I am the Lord,
    and there is no other.
 I have not spoken in secret,
    from somewhere in a land of darkness;
I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,
    ‘Seek me in vain.’
I, the Lord, speak the truth;
    I declare what is right.

 “Gather together and come;
    assemble, you fugitives from the nations.
Ignorant are those who carry about idols of wood,
    who pray to gods that cannot save.
 Declare what is to be, present it—
    let them take counsel together.
Who foretold this long ago,
    who declared it from the distant past?
Was it not I, the Lord?
    And there is no God apart from me,
a righteous God and a Savior;
    there is none but me.

 “Turn to me and be saved,
    all you ends of the earth;
    for I am God, and there is no other.
 By myself I have sworn,
    my mouth has uttered in all integrity
    a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow;
    by me every tongue will swear.
 They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone
    are deliverance and strength.’”
All who have raged against him
    will come to him and be put to shame.
 But all the descendants of Israel
    will find deliverance in the Lord
    and will make their boast in him.