Alien Righteousness

Therefore this alien righteousness, instilled in us without our works by grace alone—while the Father, to be sure, inwardly draws us to Christ—is set opposite original sin, likewise alien, which we acquire without our works by birth alone.  Christ daily drives out the old Adam more and more in accordance with the extent to which faith and knowledge of Christ grow.  For alien righteousness is not instilled all at once, but it begins, makes progress, and is finally perfected at the end through death. ~ Martin Luther

“…and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith…” Philippians 3:9

Without this alien righteousness, we die an eternal death. If all our righteousness is like a polluted garment (Isaiah 64:6), then the best deeds of 10,000,000 populations combined would not be enough to merit one man’s salvation. It is only the pure, perfect, satisfactory, holy righteousness of Jesus Christ that “availeth much”.

Are you leaning on some other pseudo-righteousness?

Are you trusting in anything beyond or in addition to Christ for salvation?

You need an imputed righteousness. Nothing else makes a man worthy to come into God’s presence and remain there forever.

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