Being Made Righteous Rather Than Being Self-Righteous

Outline By: Brian A. Yeager (

I. Introduction:

A. The Bible teaches that we are to be a perfect people (Matthew 5:48, II Corinthians 13:11, and Colossians 1:28).

1. That means we are to be holy [pure; clean] (Hebrews 12:14 and I Peter 1:13-16).

2. That means we are to be blameless (Philippians 2:14-15 and II Peter 3:10-14).

3. That means we are supposed to walk worthy of God (Colossians 1:10 and I Thessalonians 2:11-12).

B. We are born perfect and are such until we sin (Ecclesiastes 7:29 and Ezekiel 28:15).

1. You sin when you transgress the law of God (I John 3:4 and I John 5:17).

2. Sin separates you from God (Isaiah 59:1-3).

3. To come back to God, you have to repent and be converted (Acts 3:19).

a. Conversion is a process including many things (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 13:3, Luke 14:25-33, John 8:23-24, John 8:32, Acts 2:14-47, Acts 8:12-39, Acts 9:1-20, Acts 10:44-48, Acts 16:13-15, Acts 16:25-34, Acts 18:8, Acts 19:1-9, Acts 26:18-20, Romans 8:24, Romans 10:10-17, I Corinthians 15:1-2, Galatians 3:27, Colossians 2:12, Hebrews 11:1; 6, James 1:21-25, James 2:10-26, etc.).

b. Once converted, God expects us to stop sinning (II Timothy 2:19).

4. Now, we have to understand the difference between self-righteousness and being made righteous (cf. Luke 7:36-50).


II. Body: Not Having Our Own Righteousness (Philippians 3:7-9).

A. We donÕt want to be the oneÕs who trust in ourselves that we are righteous (Luke 18:9-14 and Revelation 3:14-22).

1. You cannot make yourself righteous (I Corinthians 3:18-20, II Corinthians 10:17-18, and Galatians 6:3).

2. We need Christ to be righteous (Romans 5:14-21, Ephesians 2:1-10, and II Timothy 1:8-9).

a. For the one who is obeying the Gospel through true conversion to Christ, it takes the blood of our Lord to wash away his or her sins (I Peter 1:18-19 and Revelation 1:5).

b. For a Christian who might sin [what we are about to discuss is not a license for sin, which will be shown in the context] and take action of confession and repentance for that sin, it still takes our Lord to cleanse that sin (I John 1:3-2:6).

B. We do not want to take on the attitude of self-righteousness (Job 35:1-16).

1. It takes true humility to be saved (Proverbs 15:33, Isaiah 66:1-2, Colossians 3:12, and I Peter 5:5-6).

2. Thus, donÕt walk around as though youÕve never done something wrong, stupid, sinful, etc. (Isaiah 65:2-5).

C. As Christians, we have to remember that we were once LOST (Titus 3:3-7 and I Peter 4:1-5).

1. Remember, without Christ you and I are nothing (Ephesians 2:11-13 and Colossians 1:18-21).

2. If you are a Christian, youÕve erred in your life (Colossians 2:12-13) and have needed to be reborn spiritually (John 3:1-5). 

3. You were once children of the devil (cf. John 8:44).


III. Conclusion: DonÕt march on in your own righteousness (Romans 10:1-3).

A. If you are self-righteous (or in any other sin) and need to repent, humble yourself and submit to God (James 4:6-8).

B. Remember that youÕre being made righteous is of His will for HIS nameÕs sake (I John 2:12).


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