Saved by Christ's Righteousness
Romans 4:5, “But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works.”
The Bible teaches that a person gets to Heaven through Christ's righteousness; and not by their own self-righteousness. Romans 4:5 teaches that salvation is to "him that worketh not." Jesus Christ is "him that justifieth." Humanity are "the ungodly." The Bible plainly declares that a man's "faith is counted for righteousness." This is the only way to be saved and go to Heaven, i.e., through faith in Christ Jesus.
All mankind are dirty, guilty, rotten, hell-deserving sinners (Romans 3:10-23). No one deserves to go to Heaven. Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Thank God for the gift of His dear Son, Jesus, Who came into the world to save sinners (1st Timothy 1:15).
Romans 10:3-4, "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Many religious people today have not submitted themselves to God's righteousness. Instead, they are going about to establish their own self-righteousness, which is a road to Hell, fire and brimstone.
2nd Corinthians 5:21, "For he [God the Father] hath made him [God the Son] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." We are saved solely by Jesus' righteousness.
Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." The Bible tells us to seek HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, i.e., the righteousness of Christ made possible by His shed blood.
Romans 4:6 tells us that God "imputeth righteousness without works." That means God places the righteousness of Jesus Christ onto our record in Heaven, the very moment we rest our faith in Jesus, as the Christ to forgive our sins.
Salvation is not a prayer, nor a religious commitment, nor surrendering one's life to Christ, nor turning over a new leaf, nor giving up the world, nor deciding to follow Jesus, not forsaking one's sinful lifestyle, nor joining a church. These are all proper in their place, but they are not Biblical salvation.
Biblical salvation is a person acknowledging their sinful condition, coming to God on the basis that they are a guilty, hell-deserving, sinner; and believing on Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God, to forgive their sins. We are the SINNERS and Jesus is the SAVIOR.
We are saved by Christ's righteousness.
John 8:32,36, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free ... If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
Jesus Came to Save Sinners