Confessing Righteousness

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

– 2 Corinthians 5:21

It’s good for us to confess our sins from time-to-time. It’s healthy to remember that we are not perfect and it’s important to be aware of our struggles and to share them with a family member, friend or neighbor. However, it’s even more important to confess our righteousness. Did you know that the Apostle Paul never once tells the Church to confess their sins? He tells us that sin kills, that it can harm us and that it’s bad for society, but he never says to confess it. Neither does Jesus. Paul says to confess our righteousness and justification. He tells us to confess the Lordship of Jesus. In fact, there are only two places in the Bible where it says to confess your sin — one is in James and the other is in 1 John.

The reason I say to stop confessing your sins all the time is because I want you to get in the habit of confessing the good stuff. Confess positive and hopeful things over your life the way the Scriptures tell you to. The Bible says that you are the righteousness of God. Believe it and proclaim it, because holiness does not come from shame, but from grace. Yes, we confess our sins, but we also confess our calling and salvation, giving credit to Jesus Christ. It’s not something we can do but something He did for us, and that’s great news!


God, thank you for calling me your righteousness in Christ Jesus. Teach me to confess my identity in you and to live in the abundant life you promised.


Are you as comfortable confessing your righteousness in Christ as you are your sins?

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3 Responses

  1. I like and agree with what you said. I just want to say that lets not ever forget what brought us to salvation – of course Jesus Christ being sin for us, but our repentance is the only thing that will turn our ways to Christ. It’s after repentance where we then can celebrate God’s goodness.

  2. Amen thank you so much that I can read this everyday I have had my daughter and her family to start watching you I am so very thankful to you Bobby that she has come to the lord she has 2 little ones that watch too her little boy is 5 and prays with her you had communion last week her and her family had their own I thank you so much

  3. Wow, I never felt right saying that I was the righteousness of God. It felt unworthy, even though I know that is what God says. I confess my sins regularly, always seeing my brokenness and not anything more. Thank you for this reminder.

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