100 Bible Verses about Imputed Righteousness

2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV / 148 helpful votes

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Philippians 3:9 ESV / 133 helpful votes

And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—

Isaiah 53:11 ESV / 79 helpful votes

Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

Galatians 2:16 ESV / 69 helpful votes

Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

1 Peter 2:24 ESV / 67 helpful votes

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

1 Corinthians 1:30 ESV / 58 helpful votes

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

Romans 1:17 ESV / 58 helpful votes

For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

Romans 4:5 ESV / 56 helpful votes

And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,

Romans 3:22 ESV / 56 helpful votes

The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:

Romans 4:3 ESV / 53 helpful votes

For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”

Jeremiah 23:6 ESV / 46 helpful votes

In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

Romans 4:6 ESV / 43 helpful votes

Just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

Romans 5:17 ESV / 38 helpful votes

For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:4 ESV / 37 helpful votes

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

Romans 3:21 ESV / 35 helpful votes

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—

Romans 10:3 ESV / 34 helpful votes

For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.

Romans 4:11 ESV / 34 helpful votes

He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well,

Genesis 15:6 ESV / 34 helpful votes

And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

Isaiah 61:10 ESV / 33 helpful votes

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Romans 4:8 ESV / 30 helpful votes

Blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

Matthew 6:33 ESV / 28 helpful votes

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Isaiah 64:6 ESV / 28 helpful votes

We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

Galatians 2:20 ESV / 27 helpful votes

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Romans 8:1-4 ESV / 26 helpful votes

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

James 2:23 ESV / 25 helpful votes

And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.

Romans 3:24 ESV / 25 helpful votes

And are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,

Ephesians 2:8 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,

Romans 4:13 ESV / 24 helpful votes

For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

Romans 3:21-26 ESV / 24 helpful votes

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. ...

Isaiah 54:17 ESV / 24 helpful votes

No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”

Galatians 3:6 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

Galatians 2:21 ESV / 23 helpful votes

I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Romans 5:18 ESV / 23 helpful votes

Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.

Romans 4:22 ESV / 23 helpful votes

That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”

Romans 10:6 ESV / 22 helpful votes

But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down)

Romans 4:9 ESV / 22 helpful votes

Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness.

Romans 3:26 ESV / 22 helpful votes

It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Romans 1:16-17 ESV / 22 helpful votes

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

1 John 3:7 ESV / 21 helpful votes

Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.

Romans 4:24 ESV / 21 helpful votes

But for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord,

Romans 3:21-22 ESV / 21 helpful votes

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:

Romans 9:30 ESV / 20 helpful votes

What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith;

Romans 5:1 ESV / 20 helpful votes

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:28 ESV / 20 helpful votes

For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

Daniel 9:24 ESV / 20 helpful votes

“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.

Romans 3:10 ESV / 19 helpful votes

As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;

1 John 2:29 ESV / 18 helpful votes

If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Romans 4:1-25 ESV / 18 helpful votes

What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, ...

Romans 3:20 ESV / 18 helpful votes

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Isaiah 45:24-25 ESV / 18 helpful votes

“Only in the Lord, it shall be said of me, are righteousness and strength; to him shall come and be ashamed all who were incensed against him. In the Lord all the offspring of Israel shall be justified and shall glory.”

Psalm 89:16 ESV / 17 helpful votes

Who exult in your name all the day and in your righteousness are exalted.

Romans 3:25 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

Matthew 5:6 ESV / 16 helpful votes

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Isaiah 56:1 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.

Philippians 2:13 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Romans 3:23 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Romans 3:5 ESV / 15 helpful votes

But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.)

Matthew 5:20 ESV / 15 helpful votes

For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

1 John 1:9 ESV / 14 helpful votes

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 Peter 3:14 ESV / 14 helpful votes

But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,

Romans 6:23 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 5:19 ESV / 14 helpful votes

For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.

Luke 1:6 ESV / 14 helpful votes

And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.

Matthew 5:48 ESV / 14 helpful votes

You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Genesis 2:17 ESV / 14 helpful votes

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

Hebrews 12:11 ESV / 13 helpful votes

For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Titus 3:5 ESV / 13 helpful votes

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,

Ephesians 6:14 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Romans 9:32 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,

Acts 2:38 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Hosea 10:12 ESV / 13 helpful votes

Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

Deuteronomy 6:25 ESV / 13 helpful votes

And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us.’

Philippians 3:7-9 ESV / 12 helpful votes

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—

Galatians 3:21 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law.

Acts 16:31 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Ezekiel 16:14 ESV / 12 helpful votes

And your renown went forth among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through the splendor that I had bestowed on you, declares the Lord God.

Isaiah 5:16 ESV / 12 helpful votes

But the Lord of hosts is exalted in justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy in righteousness.

Hebrews 9:28 ESV / 11 helpful votes

So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

Titus 2:12 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

2 Timothy 2:22 ESV / 11 helpful votes

So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

Galatians 3:13 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—

Romans 11:6 ESV / 11 helpful votes

But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.

Romans 2:13 ESV / 11 helpful votes

For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified.

John 14:6 ESV / 11 helpful votes

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Ezekiel 33:12 ESV / 11 helpful votes

“And you, son of man, say to your people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him when he transgresses, and as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall by it when he turns from his wickedness, and the righteous shall not be able to live by his righteousness when he sins.

Psalm 34:15 ESV / 11 helpful votes

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.

1 John 3:10 ESV / 10 helpful votes

By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

Ephesians 5:9 ESV / 10 helpful votes

(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true),

Ephesians 4:24 ESV / 10 helpful votes

And to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

1 Corinthians 15:34 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.

John 3:36 ESV / 10 helpful votes

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

John 3:16 ESV / 10 helpful votes

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Philippians 3:8-9 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Romans 10:5 ESV / 9 helpful votes

For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them.

Romans 4:4 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.

Acts 17:10-11 ESV / 9 helpful votes

The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

John 1:14 ESV / 9 helpful votes

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Genesis 18:25 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?”

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