Righteousness in Christ

brettbarclay's picture

I am interested in starting a discussion on righteousness and justification and have created free resources (text and audio) aimed at helping lay-people understand these crucial Christian subjects. It is not a scholarly or academic work, but aims to inform ordinary believers, using accesible language and concepts, the vital truths of their righteousness in Christ.

With this in mind, I'd like to discuss what other believers, ministers and clergy (from varying theological and denominational persuasions) feel are the critical subjects that must be explained and 'unpacked' to help Christians understand and apply righteousness and justification truths.

I would be grateful for any input forum members are available to provide.

tomgroeneman's picture

dikaio and tsaddiq

Greetings. Following Elderdad's lead the Hebrew tsaddiq and its cognates describes the righteous as compared to the wicked and is mostly translated as just. The Greek dikaio and its cognates is a word group mostly used by Paul in the New Testament especially in Romans and it has a forensic or legal meaning. Whereas the Old Testament righteous mostly meant people who belonged to the covenant nation, in the New Testament it means the condition of being right or made right by the imputation of Christ's righteousness. This is Paul's basic thrust in 2 Corinthians 5:21 "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." Douglas Moo's commentary on Romans does a great job of breaking down the concept in Pauline theology and the Biblical use of the word. Does this sound like the kind of discussion you had in mind Brett?

Tom Groeneman