Followers of Christ are supposed to be holy people. And in one sense, we already are. Christ has become for us, “wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption…” (1 Corinthians 1:30). In other words, we don’t have to achieve righteousness or holiness in order to be acceptable in God’s sight. Jesus has taken our place not only by bearing the penalty for our sin (Galatians 3:13) but also by fulfilling the requirements of God’s law for us, providing us with a substitute righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21).