Romans 1:16-17 (NKJV) "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
Romans 5:17 (NKJV) "For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)"
1 Corinthians 1:30-31 (NKJV) "But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord."
2 Peter 1:4 (NKJV) "by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."
In the past I have preferred to talk in simple terms about justification as pardon and receiving the righteousness of Christ, and sanctification as transformation which is brought about by the power of Christ.
In studying these subjects over many years, I have come to realize that the pardon and righteousness that we receive from Christ, and the sanctification that transforms us, is completely dependent upon Christ: His divine-human nature that man is invited to "grasp" and partake of, His incarnate birth, His perfect life, His all sufficient sacrifice, His ongoing mediatorial work, and the constant working of the Holy Spirit to make all that Christ accomplished real in our lives. As a result, the terms "victory," "justification" and "sanctification," though accurate and appropriate, fail to fully express—at least in my opinion—the amazing gift that was given to us in Christ. Victory seems to suggest something that we do. I don't deny there is a very real work for men and women to do in achieving victory. Yet, that work is so completely dependent upon Christ for any success, that a better term than "victory" is needed. The same is true for transformation. In the Bible we find that transformation is promised, is progressively experienced on planet earth prior to the second coming, and one day will be universally experienced among the redeemed when sin and sinners will be no more. Accordingly, the term "righteousness by faith" seems to be a more, adequate, all-encompassing term. This experience of righteousness by faith brings a new longing for God, gives a new standing with God, provides a new connection with God through Christ, enables a new victory that comes as a result of the presence of Christ in a person's life through the instrumentality of the Holy Spirit, and brings about an overall transformation that is so complete, that it is described as an impenetrable fortress. The righteousness experienced is as dependent upon Christ as human being are dependent upon oxygen. This is a righteousness that is on the level of God's righteousness, brought about and maintained by the righteous One!
I have discovered there are many other less understood aspects of this supernatural gift as well, including the use of the will, the need to die to self and be emptied of it, etc. There is also the ongoing necessity of exercising faith and overcoming the constant efforts of the enemy to get our eyes off of Jesus and what He has done and is doing, and get them on ourselves, which only brings weakness and defeat. Beyond the more obvious subjects are also the things like the "keeping power" of God. The subject fills my heart with wonder and great desire to somehow understand and experience it. How it all works is a mystery, as Christ pointed out to Nicodemus, but it is very real and attainable, in dependence upon Christ.
In this section an attempt will be made to explain the amazing gift of Christ, and show in practical ways how His gift may be experienced.—Dan
This is a condensed version of a longer compilation made on the victorious life. I use both the shorter and the longer version in seminars. This reflects many years of study and is very helpful.
In addition to sermons by Ellen White on righteousness by faith, addresses are also included by Carlyle B. Haynes, Meade MacGuire, etc.
You will find one of my favorite sermons series: Like Jesus, which I shared at the Fairplain SDA Church in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The series is all about what it means to be like Jesus. We had a wonderful time together.
There are thousands of wonderful quotes on righteousness by faith and various aspects of that experience. This will be a work in progress.
On this page I try to answer some of the questions that are raised in studying this important topic.