We are NOT the righteousness of God. We are BECOMING the righteousness of God IN Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21, because of faulty translations, is often misused to fit incorrect doctrine. I’m not sure if this is intentional to fit a more deceptive doctrine later on, or if it is just a lack of study on the behalf of the teacher. Either way, it makes me go “hmm”.
The Interlinear Bible which is the direct Greek translation of Scripture of 2 Corinthians 5:21 says that we are “becoming” the righteousness of God in Him (Christ). This becoming is “ginomai” which means to “emerge, become, transitioning from one point (realm, condition) to another. According to Strong’s Concordance it’s not the same as the verb “eimí” which means “to be”, as in a state of already “being”. “Ginomai” denotes growth into a different state.
Also, the entire chapter of 2 Corinthians 5 talks about what we WILL attain someday, as in we aren’t there already. We are NOT the righteousness of God right now. We are becoming it as we choose to do what is right. We do have to choose to put on His righteousness, (Romans 6:16). We have mortal bodies that sin, (Romans 6:12). While we no longer are under the law of sin and death, because of salvation (Romans 8:2) we do still struggle against it, (Hebrews 12:4).
This doctrine that we ARE God’s righteousness is sly and deceptive. To reiterate, right there in the actual Greek translation, it says we are “ginomai” or “transitioning” into righteousness IN CHRIST. There are many Scriptures which talk about putting ON righteousness, that fit along with what I am saying. We are not righteous, as in a state of being righteous like God is. That is a different verb in the Greek, “eimí”, and isn’t used in 2 Corinthians 5:21.