Chad Bird posted this wonderful reminder that the only thing separating us from non believers is that we have Christ’s righteousness applied to us. One of the traps that often ensnares Christians is the belief that our moralism sets us apart as ones who have favor with God. This is an easy mistake to make because, as John often reminds us, growth in obedience is a fruit of conversion (John 14:15-24, 15:10-14, 1 John 2:3-4, 5:2-3). The problem is, if we take a myopic view of this we will focus only on behavior to determine who is a believer.
Chad Bird points out that often times the ones who are doing good works are a mixture of believers and unbelievers. Likewise, believers and unbelievers will be seen sinning.
So if not moralistic behavior, what then is the distinctive mark of a Christian? They have a righteousness which is not their own. They can be found in churches all over the world simultaneously mourning their sin and rejoicing in the good news.
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