Thirsting for righteousness

In the previous post, I introduced the idea of righteousness and that those who thirst for it are blessed.  So what exactly is righteousness and what does it look like to thirst for it?

Here’s the background.  God is everything good; there is nothing evil, immoral, etc. in God.  Therefore, God is righteous.  We as humans, on the other hand, are broken down because of sin.  Before Jesus came to the earth, believers had to follow the Law and make sacrifices in order to receive forgiveness for their sin.  In that time, it was believed that you were RIGHTEOUS (clean from sin in the eyes of God) whenever you lived by the Law.

But Galatians 3:11 contradicts this very idea saying, “Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the Law, for the righteous shall live by faith.” 

I have been searching all throughout my Bible to find verses with either the word righteous or righteousness in them. 

1 Corinthians 1:27-30:

“But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are… He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption.” 

2 Corinthians 5:21:

“For our sake God made Christ who knew no sin to be sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

What are these verses saying?  When Jesus became sin and died as a curse on the cross for our sin, Jesus didn’t abolish God’s law, but Jesus FULFILLED it for us.  There was no possible way that we could live that perfect life that the Law demanded of us.  So Jesus is our way to righteousness.  He is the only way in which our sin can be washed away.  This is what it means in Ephesians 5 when Paul writes,

“Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without sport or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27).

So what does it mean to hunger and to thrist for righteousness?  It’s to crave for being cleansed from our sin.  It’s to long for the day when Jesus presents us to himself in splendor. 

To hunger and thirst for righteousness is to have faith in the One that set us free.  To hunger and thirst for righteousness: it’s to long for Christ as a bride longs for her groom.

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