This is the 4th of a 9-part series on Christian Ethics.
Righteousness is an important part of the Christian life. In the Old Testament God instructed Israel to live righteously because God himself was righteous. The people of Israel were to live their lives in a way that reflected who God was, and what he had done for them.
Righteousness is equally important in the Christian life. Because Jesus Christ has already died for our sins and risen from the dead never to die again, we are to live lives that reflect his character and what he has done for us.
The sad part of life is that no one is able to live a life that is pleasing to God by his or her own efforts. The scriptures tell us in Isaiah 64:6 that, “Our righteousness is as filthy rags.” Therefore, even though we may make many efforts to do the right thing and always behave in a right manner, because our nature is troubled with sin, we fail to live righteously all of the time. This is one reason why Jesus came, that through faith we might be given his righteousness as a free gift that God will be pleased with us. But even though we can receive this righteousness as a free gift, God still requires us to live a life according to certain standards—standards of righteousness.
In this study we will examine God’s righteous requirements and what it takes to live a life that is pleasing to God. Most importantly we will see this righteousness is not simply a matter of doing the right thing, but it is also an important standard of relationships.