We believe that without the righteousness of Jesus Christ no mortal can stand before the holy God. The prophet Isaiah expressed this in the following way: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;.” Isaiah 64:6.
To clearly present this important subject for our lives of faith, the following testimonies are quoted.
“Since we are sinful, unholy, we cannot perfectly obey the holy law. We have no righteousness of our own with which to meet the claims of the law of God. But Christ has made a way of escape for us.
He lived on earth amid trials and temptations such as we have to meet. He lived a sinless life. He died for us, and now He offers to take our sins and give us His righteousness.” -Steps to Christ, p. 62. Romans 5:1; 1:16, 17; 3:23, 24.
“What is justification by faith? It is the work of God in laying the glory of man in the dust, and doing for man that which it is not in his power to do for himself. When men see their own nothingness, they are prepared to be clothed with the righteousness of Christ.’ -Review and Herald, September 16, 1902.” -Christ Our Righteousness, by A.G. Daniells, p. 104.
“Thus they have remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God. More than this, Christ imbues men with the attributes of God. He builds up the human character after the similitude of the divine character, a goodly fabric of spiritual strength and beauty. Thus the very righteousness of the law is fulfilled in the believer in Christ.” -The Desire of Ages, p. 762.
“By His perfect obedience He has made it possible for every human being to obey God’s commandments. When we submit ourselves to Christ, the heart is united with His heart, the will is merged in His will, the mind becomes one with His mind, the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him; we live His life. This is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness. Then as the Lord looks upon us He sees, not the fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness and deformity of sin, but His own robe of righteousness, which is perfect obedience to the law of Jehovah.” -Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 312.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” Romans 8:1, 34; Jeremiah 33:15, 16.
“The righteousness by which we are justified is imputed. The righteousness by which we are sanctified is imparted. The first is our title to heaven; the second is our fitness for heaven.’ -Review and Herald, June 4, 1895.” -Christ Our Righteousness, by A.G. Daniells, p. 98.