The Hope of Righteousness

For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

Galatians 5:5-6

Galatians 5:5-6 gives a beautiful promise to all who have believed in Jesus Christ, For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. The hope of righteousness does not come by trying to fulfill the Law or by means of what we consider for ourselves as good. None of this is worth anything, according to what Scripture says. But our righteousness comes by faith in the work of love effected by Jesus on the cross.

The very essence of the gospel is summed up in Romans 3:21-26: But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[a] who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

The Law of God gives us knowledge of what sin means because all that the Law forbids is sin. We cannot define ourselves as good people when we compare ourselves with the most sinister persons in history. Before a criminal or a terrorist, we may see ourselves as angels; but if we want to measure our goodness, the standard to use is goodness, not badness. The Law of God is this standard of goodness, and to be considered good, one must conform to it one hundred percent.

That is why it is impossible to be justified by the works of the Law, since it shows us that we have all sinned. If God did not have a better plan for us, there would be no hope of righteousness in our behalf. Our own acts condemn us and we have no possibility of justifying ourselves. If we were before God, the righteous judge, being judged by our works, no doubt that the guilty verdict would be the one indicated. We would remain silent without being able to answer anything in our defense.

Our justification, our hope for justice righteousness, does not come from us, but from the righteous who has occupied our place by paying with His precious life for our sins. We are justified free by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set as propitiation through faith in his blood. Our redemption, our justification, and our salvation from everlasting punishment come by putting our faith in Jesus Christ not in what we ourselves can do.

Pretending to do your best is not enough to hope for righteousness. God is holy and perfect and only holiness and perfection satisfy Him. Acts 13:38-39 says it this way, Therefore, let it be known to you, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you, 39 and everyone who believes in Him is justified from everything that you could not be justified from through the Law of Moses. Jesus Christ is the hope of righteousness. God bless you.

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