But we also need righteousness. How can sinners like us attain righteousness?
By works? No. The Apostle Paul writes,
What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness . . . . (Romans 4:1-5 ESV)
When we believe in Jesus Christ, the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ is accounted to us by faith! Our justification in Jesus doesn’t just mean that we are accepted by God just as if we had never sinned, but also just as if we had always perfectly obeyed God’s law!
If you are in Christ, you don’t just have a clean slate – you have a perfect slate!
Hallelujah, what a Savior!