The adjective righteous is certainly a compound word when used in a biblical context. The concept of
righteousness has different meaning as used in Old and New Testament application. The righteousness of the
law is that obedience which the law requires
(1).  The righteousness of faith is the justification which is
received by faith
(2).  The perfect righteousness of Christ is imputed to the believer when he accepts Christ as
his Savior
(3)(4).  The original Greek term for righteousness (G1343) was spelled "rightwiseness"(5)  and
conveyed the character or quality of being right or just
; it was used to denote an attribute of God, as in His
character, faithfulness, truthfulness, nature, promises, sufficiency, holiness.  True
Righteousness is
unattainable by obedience to any law, or by any merit of man's own, or any condition other than that of faith
in Christ. The man who trusts in Christ becomes 'the righteousness of God in Him'
It is through the righteousness and holiness of Christ that we are even able to appear before the Father's
throne ... "not having a righteousness of my own ... but that which is through faith in Christ -- the
righteousness that comes from God and is by faith"
(6).  Man cannot work or create his own way to
righteousness nor can he make unrighteous situations moral through his strivings or rituals (even though some
religious venues proclaim to offer such).  Prophecy and associated events recorded in scripture, will be
fulfilled whether or not individual men submit their wills to God, attempt to 'pray away' end-time
manifestations of God's purpose, or pursue their own 'righteous-type agendas' for peace, unity and various
religious sanctions.  "...we all
reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become
mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ"
(Eph. 4:13-emphasis added).  Scripture holds "...
now is the day of salvation"
(2 Cor. 6:2)  and the time to be about the Lord's work (harvest) so that all those the
Father has given to the Son will be secure on that day "... in which He will judge the world in righteousness
by that Man whom He hath ordained ..."
(Acts 17:31).   So shall we receive "... the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award ... on that Day ... to all who have longed for His appearing"
Tim. 4:8-Nkjv)
It is truly time to seek out and surrender to the 'righteousness' that Christ, and Christ alone, embodies and can
(Rom. 4:22) to those who believe on Him.  Listen not to voices that would lead to other callings or
purposes for your life.  The snare of the fowler is laid along the pathway of
want as well as in many a pasture
and meadow of great
abundance.  Allow Christ to impart to you His wisdom and right-mindedness (1 Pet. 4:7)
as you walk with Him down His pathway of righteousness(Prov. 4:26-7).  "The fruit of the righteous is a tree of
life, and he who wins souls is wise" [
The righteous are as trees of life; and their influence upon earth, like
the fruits of that tree, support and nourish the spiritual life in many
](7).  In these last days there will be Good
Shepherds, sheep-skinners, and fleecers ... pray to have the righteous discernment to know the difference and
be able to discern which is which when they come to call on you ... or invite you to come into their sheepfold.

Jon D. Hannum, Ph.D.
Amen Ministries of Austin
(1)  &  (2)  (Unger's Righteousness)   (3) (1 Cor. 1:30)    (4) (Unger's)    (5) (Vines-G1343)   (6) (Phil 3:9)   (7) (Prov. 11:30 -       
M. Henry-note)
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