As I look at it, to look for everlasting righteousness to be brought in at some future date is to deny the work of Christ, which he clearly claimed was finished (John 19:28, 30). This is the fourth work of God as prophesied by the angel in Daniel 9:24 and is complete in Christ. God does not give us anything apart from Christ. Christ is the ‘treasure house’ of all we need in our walk with God (Ephesians 1:3). In other words, all of what God gives us comes through his new creation in Christ not through the rebellious old creation in Adam. In Adam we have God’s wrath, the reward of sin, but in Christ we have all the wealth of the Firstborn, the Son of God (Colossians 3:10). All that is Christ’s has become ours as part of the riches within the new creation (Galatians 3:26-29). Christ is our all in all, and God causes Christ to be my Righteousness.
1 Corinthians 1:30 KJV But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
Romans 3:21-22 KJV But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; (22) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference.
We have no righteousness apart from Christ. He is the Righteousness of God and my trust (faith) in this fact causes me to be righteous, because it is not only a belief that Jesus is righteous but that being in him, the righteous One, imputes to me the very righteousness of God (cp. 2Corinthians 5:21).
Romans chapter five depicts the sad result of Adam’s sin. Through Adam we have inherited death and hopelessness. We were weak and could not overcome our terrible condition. Adam could only produce another sinner like himself. In him there could not be found the power to produce a single righteous man to save his race. All were doomed to die. The Scripture then compares the righteousness of Christ with the unrighteousness of Adam. The righteousness of Christ has abounded more than the effect of Adam’s sin. All die in Adam, but death is overcome in Christ and all live.
Romans 5:17-19 KJV For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) (18) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. (19) For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
1 Corinthians 15:54 KJV (54) So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
There are two ways of righteousness. The one – the righteousness of the law – was under the Old Covenant and could only condemn. The Law never made one man righteous, but found all guilty of disobedience, and the reward of such was death. The second way of righteousness is Christ. He is our Way, our Truth and our Life (John 14:6). It is impossible to know (behold) Christ and not be changed. The more we know (behold) him the more our lives are changed:
1 John 3:1-2 KJV Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. (2) Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
The Scripture above has a direct reference to the return of Christ and our complete change upon seeing him. However, any revelation of Christ from God changes us:
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 KJV (17) Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (18) But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
When we first began to see this, we were changed forever. We could never go back to our old way of thinking about God and salvation. Each revelation from the Lord profoundly affects us all.
Finally, if we but consider the word translated righteousness. It is tsedeq (H6664); the right (natural, moral or legal); also (abstractly) equity or (figuratively) prosperity: –x even, (x that which is altogether) just(-ice). According to The Complete Word Study Old Testament by Spiros Zodheates “the essential meaning is unswerving adherence to the standard of fairness. It’s feminine counterpart is H6666 tsdaqah and has no discernible difference from H6664 except in gender.” It is used in Jeremiah:
Jeremiah 23:5-6 KJV Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous (H6662) Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice (H6666) in the earth. (6) In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (H6664).
The feminine is also used of Abraham believing in the Lord; and it being counted to him for righteousness (H6666) in Genesis 15:6. This familiar Scripture is quoted in the New Testament in Romans 4:3 when Paul quotes from the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament. There the Greek word is dikaiosune (G1343) meaning: equity (of character or act); justification: righteousness. This single Greek word translates both Hebrew words above. The point is this: what remains of the everlasting righteousness for Christ to bring in that he has not already done for us? If he is our righteousness, how could a greater be brought in later? No, the Seventy Weeks Prophecy stands fulfilled in Christ. This, the fourth work of God according to Daniel 9:24, is complete. Christ, our Righteousness, is Everlasting Righteousness.
May God help us to see the truth in Christ, so that we would be enabled to stop denying the complete work of Christ by claiming the final week of the Seventy Weeks Prophecy has yet to be fulfilled. This doctrine is false—a lie and not the truth.