The OT talks about people being righteous Genesis 15:6 … And he (Abram) believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. Isaiah 3:10 … Say to the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Malachi 3:18 … Then you shall again discern between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him. OT righteousness appears to have been earned 1 Kings 8:32 … justifying the righteous by giving him according to his righteousness. Proverbs 10:16 … The labor of the righteous leads to life, the wages of the wicked to sin. 2 Samuel 2:21 … The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. Warning: the righteous had better not fall back into sin Ezekiel 18:24 … But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die. This is what righteousness is all about Luke 1:6 … And they (Zacharias and Elizabeth) were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. Luke 1:67-75 … serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our lives. Jesus spoke of righteous people Matthew 9:13 … For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance. Matthew 5:6 … Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 13:43 … Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Matthew 25:46 … And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life. Paul explains righteousness through faith Romans 4:5 … (he who) believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness Romans 10:10 … For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Philippians 3:8-9 … that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness … but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; Paul gives critical instructions to Christians who are sinning Romans 6:4 … we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:6 … we should no longer be slaves of sin. Romans 6:11 … reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:12 … Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. Romans 6:13 … And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves … and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 1 Corinthians 15:33-34 … Do not be deceived … Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. Galatians 2:17 … But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found (to be) sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Ephesians 4:22-24 … put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind … put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Christians have a huge advantage over previous people Those of us who are born-again have the precious Holy Spirit inside of us, leading and guiding us, and convicting us of our sins. All that is required of us is to be led by Him and be obedient to what He tells us to do! And follow the Scriptures, such as 1 John 1:8-10 … “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” Paul asks the BIG question, “Whose SLAVE are you?” Romans 6:16 … “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether (slaves) of sin leading to death, or (slaves) of obedience leading to righteousness?” Romans 6:16 … If a Christian is a slave of obedience, this leads to righteousness. Romans 6:19 … If a Christian is a slave of righteousness, this leads to holiness. Romans 6:22 … If a Christian is a slave of God, this leads to holiness and everlasting life. If a Christian is NOT a slave of all 3 above, but instead he is a slave of sin, this leads to death (6:16, 6:23). Righteousness: pursuing it, practicing it, being trained by it 1 Timothy 6:11-12 … But you, O man of God, flee these things (sins) and pursue righteousness If a Christian is sinning, does he/she still have righteousness? Does one pusue what he already has? Acts 10:35 … whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. 2 Timothy 3:16 … All Scripture … is profitable for … instruction in righteousness Hebrews 12:11 … the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 1 John 2:29 … you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him. 1 John 3:7 … Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous .