We don’t use the word righteousness much in our culture. Actually, we don’t think much about righteousness as a concept. It’s too bad, because a record of righteousness is one of the greatest gifts of God. A record of perfect righteousness is absolutely required in order to be in God’s presence, to be near him and experience his Fatherly love. Knowing God is the absolute height of human joy and peace and glory–nothing in life even remotely compares to how humans will feel when they are in the unveiled presence of the God who made them and loves them. But this joy is only given to those who have a record of perfect, undefiled righteousness. It makes sense–a Being able to create such infinite joy and peace must have high access standards, lest his presence be diminished and robbed of its glory–the very glory that gives the joy in the first place.
One of the greatest gifts of the Bible, actually a doorway-leading-to-a-myriad-of-other-gifts kind of gift, is the gift of a record of righteousness given to us, free of charge, from God. The perfect record of righteousness, rule keeping, obedience, holiness, good works, et. al., of Jesus Christ is given to people who believe in Him and confess Him as their only hope.
Of course, if you don’t appreciate the gift, it seems pretty worthless. If we don’t think much about righteousness or what it provides for us, we won’t be too impressed when a record of righteousness is given to us. But if we realize the access to infinite glory joy that this record gives us, and if we realize how unattainable such a record is on our own, we’ll treasure it, meditate on it, celebrate it, talk about it.
“Counted Righteous in Christ” will be to us a gift beyond compare.