Doctrine > Confessions > The Belgic Confession > iii. Election, Christ, and the Benefits of Salvation > Article 23 - Our Righteousness Before God

We believe that our blessedness lies in the forgiveness of our sins for Jesus Christ’s sake and that therein our righteousness before God1 consists, as David and Paul teach us. They speak of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works (Rom 4:6; Ps 32:1). The apostle also says that we are justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus (Rom 3:24).2

Therefore we always hold to this firm foundation. We give all the glory to God,3 humble ourselves before Him, and acknowledge ourselves to be what we are. We do not claim anything for ourselves or our merits,4 but rely and rest on the only obedience of Jesus Christ crucified;5 His obedience is ours when we believe in Him.6

This is sufficient to cover all our iniquities and to give us confidence in drawing near to God, freeing our conscience of fear, terror, and dread, so that we do not follow the example of our first father, Adam, who trembling tried to hide and covered himself with fig leaves.7 For indeed, if we had to appear before God, relying – be it ever so little – on ourselves or some other creature, (woe be to us!) we would be consumed.8 Therefore everyone must say with David, O Lord, do not bring Your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before You (Ps 143:2).

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