The opposite of righteousness is SIN
ALL humans are WITHOUT righteousness (Psalms 51:5, Romans 3:23)
The so-called “righteousness” of humans…. the “SELF-righteousness” they can attain for themselves…. is INADEQUATE and UNACCEPTABLE to God. (Romans 10:3, Matthew 5:20) What then is the MEANING OF THE PARABLE of the MARRIAGE FEAST ????? (Matthew 22:1-14, Luke 14:16-24).
The KEY to this parable is Matthew 22:11-12, the wedding garment IS “the righteousness of Christ” with which we cover ourselves….. the wedding garment was GIVEN to all the guests… the man CHOSE not to wear it (he trusted in his own righteousness), therefore he sealed his own doom (read verse 13).
My friend, who is reading this, PLEASE UNDERSTAND…. those people who “made light of it”…. all those people mentioned in verses 5 and 6… they are “religious” people or worldly people… all of them trusting in something OTHER than Jesus Christ (their good works, their church sacraments, their obedience to laws, rules and rituals, Buddha, Muhammad, Sun Myung Moon, Confucius or whoever or whatever) or else just cant be bothered with any of it….but the man who came without the wedding garment on…… in all probability, he THOUGHT he was a “Christian” ….. and yet he REJECTED the “garment” GIVEN… in favour of his own OR simply did not put it on (makes no difference because INDECISION is just the same as the WRONG decision).
The message of the Gospel…. the message of Salvation…. is to ALL HUMANS… nobody is exempt…. the worst evil person may embrace it….. because it IS a FREE GIFT from GOD…… and this IS the message which all Christians SHOULD be telling everybody…. and it is “that IN CHRIST, God GIVES His righteousness TO us”…. therefore…
1. It IS truly GOOD NEWS !
2. For those who are IN CHRIST (those who will “put on” Christ)
DECEPTION comes about when we accept a counterfeit LIE…. and believe ourselves to be “in Christ”…. when, in fact, it is not so…. and these are the people who will get a serious shock when the rapture of the saints takes place and THEY are left behind to face the wrath of the Anti-Christ !
We cannot “eat our cake and have it too”, for in Luke 14, Jesus goes on to say that when we truly embrace the awesomeness of the Gospel message then it becomes the most important thing in our life.
“Christians” who give lip-service to trusting Christ for their righteousness and yet it does not affect their lives in any other way, in many cases, do not really understand the SERIOUSNESS of their own wickedness, the HOLINESS of GOD or the TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES awaiting “the majority of humans” after death. (Matthew 7:13-14)