Christians have been given Jesus’ righteousness. We don’t have our own. We have been declared righteous through Jesus. We aren’t righteous people.
Think of an MVP Super Bowl Quarterback, like Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers (he’s the best quarterback in the league, by the way). What if he gave his MVP Super Bowl trophy to his elderly, wheelchair-bound grandma?
I mean no offense to Mr. Rodgers’ grandma. To be honest, I do not even know if he has one, much less whether she is feeble and/or in a wheelchair.
So back to the original question; if she accepts her grandson’s trophy, does that trophy make Grammy Rodgers an MVP caliber Quarterback? The answer to that question is a very simple “no”.
Likewise, you receiving Jesus’ righteousness as your own does not make you a good person. If you think that you are a “good Christian,” please also explain how you saved yourself and acquired the ability to resist sin. If Jesus rescued you from a spiritual death which you had no power over – one that you were born with - then you aren’t the hero. You were someone in crisis who was rescued. Oh hail, King Jesus.
There will be many who will misunderstand our approach to the gospel here at BADCHRISTIAN. God has hardened our hearts to this conviction, and we can’t shake it. This is the Gospel that Jesus, Paul, Peter, and John spread. This is the gospel that is still setting people free.
We aren’t formerly bad people. We used to be “bad people without the righteousness of Christ.” Now, we are bad people who have been given Jesus’ righteousness as our own. In fact, God is so gracious, He nicknamed us “the righteousness of God.”
Bad Christian. Great Savior.