Christ Our RighteousnessA Study of the Principles of Righteousness by Faith as Set Forth inthe Word of God and the Writings of the Spirit of Prophecyby Arthur G. DaniellsCopyright 1941, Review and Herald Publishing AssociationForewordAt a meeting of the members of the Ministerial AssociationAdvisory Council, held in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 22, 1924, it was:"Voted, That Elder Daniells be asked to arrange for acompilation of the writings of Mrs. E. G. White on the subject ofjustification by Faith."With the co-operation of my associates in the office of theMinisterial Association, I undertook the task designated.In harmony with the primary purpose of providing a"compilation of the writings of Mrs. E. G. White on the subject,"exhaustive research was made through all the writings of the Spiritof prophecy as held in must by us as a people, in bound volumesand also in printed articles appearing in the files of ourdenominational papers, covering a period of twenty-five years from1887 to 1912. So vast was the field of study opened up, somarvelous and illuminating the hidden gems of truth which cameto light, that I became amazed and awed at the solemn obligationresting upon me, of rescuing these gems from their obscurity, andplacing them, in a cluster of brilliancy and beauty, where theywould win rightful recognition and acceptance in the gloriousfinishing of the work entrusted to the remnant church.Seeking advice and counsel from my colleagues, I sent outadvance sections of the manuscript for careful reading andsuggestion. The response from fellow laborers in all sections of the
North American field has been of a most encouraging andappreciative nature,6and urgency in completing the work has been emphasized. Asuggestion made by a number of fellow ministers has led to thepreparation of a chapter on the subject of righteousness by faithfrom the Bible standpoint as an introduction to the compilationfrom the writings of the Spirit of prophecy. This, it is believed, willgive Scriptural authority and permanence to the theme which is ofsuch vital importance to God's people at this time.The word of God clearly portrays the way of righteousness byfaith; the writings of the Spirit of prophecy greatly amplify andelucidate the subject. In our blindness and dullness of heart, wehave wandered far out of the way, and for many years have beenfailing to appropriate this sublime truth. But all the while our greatLeader has been calling His people to come into line on this greatfundamental of the gospel,-receiving by faith the imputedrighteousness of Christ for sins that are past, and the impartedrighteousness of Christ for revealing the divine nature in humanflesh.In order to make this compilation of the greatest value, itseemed necessary to do more than merely bring together a longseries of miscellaneous, detached statements. Appropriatearrangement and combination were necessary, and thechronological order was important; also, the circumstances andissues concerning which particular statements were made, shouldbe rightly understood. Unless these considerations were recognized,the compilation might prove confusing and wearisome.A careful, connected study of the writings of the Spirit ofprophecy regarding the subject of righteousness by faith, has led tothe settled conviction that the instruction given presents twoaspects: primarily, the great, amazing fact that by faith in the Son ofGod,7sinners may receive the righteousness of God; and secondarily, the purposeand providence of God in sending the specific message of receiving
the righteousness of God by faith to His people assembled inGeneral Conference in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, in theyear 1888. This latter aspect cannot be disregarded by Seventh-dayAdventists without missing a most important lesson that the Lorddesigned to teach us. It is this conviction that has made it seemnecessary to include in the compilation the instruction givenconcerning the experiences and developments connected with andfollowing the Minneapolis Conference.The major portion of our membership today has been raised upsince these experiences came to us. They are unacquainted withthem; but they need the message; also the lessons which thoseexperiences were designed to teach. Hence the necessity ofreproducing a portion, at least, of the instruction then given, andaccompanying the same with a brief explanation of what tookplace.Those who have full confidence in the gift of the Spirit ofprophecy to the remnant church, will place great value upon thecompilation of statements herein furnished. Only a few of themhave ever been reproduced since they first appeared in the columnsof the Review and Herald. The most of them dropped out of sightwith the current number of the Review in which they appeared. Inno other document have all of these been brought together insystematic and chronological form, as here presented. May thesemessages do their appointed work in the lives of all who read thesepages. Wondrous is the blessing Heaven is waiting to bestow! A. G.D.8"Clad in the armor of Christ's righteousness, the church is to enter upon herfinal conflict."-Mrs. E. G. White."On Christ's coronation day He will not acknowledge as His any who bearspot or wrinkle or any such thing. But to His faithful ones He will give crownsof immortal glory. Those who would not that He should reign over them willsee Him surrounded by the army of the redeemed, each of whom bears the sign,the Lord our righteousness."-Mrs. E. G. White.
Chapter 1 - Christ Our RighteousnessChrist our righteousness is the one sublime message set forth inthe Sacred Scriptures. However varied the forms and phrases inwhich this message may be unfolded and presented, yet always,from every point of the circle, the central commanding theme is,Christ our righteousness.The account of creation reveals the marvelous wisdom andpower of Christ, by whom all things were created. Col. 1:14-16.The sin of the first Adam, with all its awful consequences, is relatedin order that Christ, the last Adam, may be hailed as Redeemerand restorer. Rom. 5:12-21. Death with all its terrors is set beforeus, that Christ may be exalted and glorified as the Life-giver. 1 Cor.15:22. The disappointments, sorrows, and tragedies of this life arerecounted, that Christ may be sought as the great comforter anddeliverer. John 16:33. Our sinful, corrupt natures are presented inlurid colors, that Christ may be appealed to for cleansing, and mayin very deed be unto us "the Lord our righteousness."Thus it is throughout the Sacred Volume,-every phase of truthunfolded, points in some way to Christ as our righteousness.But righteousness as a distinct, well-defined subject of vitalimportance, occupies a large place in10the word of God. Its source, its nature, the possibility of its beingobtained by sinners, and the conditions upon which it may besecured, are set forth in great clearness in that original,authoritative textbook on righteousness.Of the source of righteousness, we read: "O Lord, righteousnessbelongeth unto Thee" Dan. 9:7. "The Lord is righteous in all Hisways." Ps. 145:17. "Thy righteousness is like the great mountains."Ps. 36:6. "Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness." Ps.119:142. "The righteous Lord loveth righteousness." Ps. 11:7."There is no unrighteousness in Him." Ps. 92:15.Regarding the nature of righteousness, the Scriptures are mostexplicit. It is set forth as the very opposite of sin, and is associatedwith holiness, or godliness. "Awake to righteousness, and sin not." 1
Cor. 15:34. "That ye put away, as concerning your former mannerof life, the old man, which waxeth corrupt after the lusts of deceit;and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on thenew man, which after God hath been created in righteousness andholiness of truth." Eph. 4:22-24, R. V. "The fruit of the Spirit is inall goodness and righteousness and truth." Eph. 5:9. "Follow afterrighteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness." 1 Tim.6:11. "All unrighteousness is sin." 1 John 5:17.Perhaps the finest and most inspiring statement regardingrighteousness in all the word of God is the following concerningChrist: "Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity;therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil11of gladness above Thy fellows." Heb. 1:9. This places righteousnessas the antithesis, the direct opposite, of iniquity, or sin.Thus the word declares that God is the source of righteousness,and that it is one of His divine, holy attributes. The supremequestion regarding the righteousness of God, the question of thedeepest interest and consequence to us, is our personal relation to thatrighteousness. Is righteousness in any degree inherent in humannature? If so, how may it be cultivated and developed? If not, isthere any way of obtaining it? If so, by what means, and when?To the mind untaught and unenlightened by the word of God,this is a great, dark, baffling problem. In endeavoring to solve it,man has surely "sought out many inventions." But uncertainty andconfusion regarding our relation to the righteousness of God arequite unnecessary, for the true situation is clearly stated in theScriptures of truth.The Scriptures declare that "all have sinned, and come short ofthe glory of God" (Rom. 3:23); that we are "carnal, sold undersin" (Rom. 7:14); that "there is none righteous, no, not one" (Rom.3: 10); that in our flesh there "dwelleth no good thing" (Rom. 7:18);and finally, that we are "filled with all unrighteousness" (Rom.1:29). This clearly answers the question as to whether righteousnessis in any degree inherent in human nature. It is not. On thecontrary, human nature is filled with unrighteousness.
12But in this same word we find the good, glad news that God hasprovided a way by which we may be cleansed from ourunrighteousness, and be clothed and filled with His perfectrighteousness. We find that this provision was made and revealed toAdam as soon as he fell from his high and holy estate. This mercifulprovision has been understood and laid hold of by fallen,unrighteous men and women from the very beginning of the fierce,unequal conflict with sin. This we learn from the followingtestimonies recorded in the Scriptures:1. In one of His sermons, Christ refers to the second son ofAdam, and speaks of him as "righteous Abel." Matt. 23:35. AndPaul declares that Abel "obtained witness that he was righteous."Heb. 11:4.2. "The Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house intothe ark; for thee have I seen righteous before Me in thisgeneration." Gen. 7:1. Again: "Noah was a just man and perfect inhis generations, and Noah walked with God." Gen. 6:9.3. "Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him forrighteousness." Rom. 4:3.4. "And delivered righteous Lot, sore distressed by the lasciviouslife of the wicked (for that righteous man dwelling among them, inseeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day withtheir lawless deeds)." 2 Peter 2:7, 8, R. V.5. Of Zacharias and Elisabeth, living just before the birth ofChrist, it is said: "They were13both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments andordinances of the Lord blameless." Luke 1:6.6. The apostle Paul declares that the Gentiles to whom he hadpreached the gospel had "attained to righteousness." Rom. 9:30;6:17-22.Thus it is seen that from the promise made to Adam, to theclose of apostolic times, there were men and women all along theway who laid hold of the righteousness of God and had theevidence that their lives were pleasing to Him.
Upon What Conditions?How was this accomplished? Upon what conditions was thiswonderful transaction wrought? Was it because the times andconditions in which these men and women lived were favorable torighteousness? Or was it due to the special and superior qualitiesinherent in those who reached the high tablelands of godliness?All the records of the times and of individuals give a negativeanswer. They were people with natures like our own, and theirenvironment "vexed" their righteous souls from day to day. 2 Peter2:7, 8. They obtained the priceless blessing of righteousness in theone way, the only way, it has been possible for any human being tosecure it since Adam sinned.The way of being made righteous is given great prominence inthe New Testament. The clearest and fullest exposition is found inthe epistle of Paul to the Romans. At the very beginning of hisargument the apostle declares: "I am not14ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God untosalvation to every one that believeth. . . . For therein is therighteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written,The just shall live by faith." Rom. 1:16, 17.It is the gospel that reveals to men the perfect righteousness ofGod. The gospel also reveals the way that righteousness may beobtained by sinful men, namely, by faith. This is presented atgreater length in the following statement:"By the deeds [the works] of the law there shall no flesh bejustified [accounted righteous] in His sight: for by the law is theknowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God without thelaw [works of the law] is manifested, being witnessed [approved,accepted] by the law and the prophets; even the righteousness ofGod which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all themthat believe." Rom. 3:20-22.In the first part of this statement, the apostle shows the partwhich the law takes in the problem of justification. "By the law isthe knowledge of sin." The knowledge of sin; not the deliverance from
sin. The law points out sin. In so doing it declares the whole worldto be guilty before God. Romans 3. But the law cannot deliverfrom sin. No effort of the sinner to obey the law can cancel his guiltor bring to him the righteousness of God.That righteousness, Paul declares, is "by faith of Jesus Christ: .whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [an atoning sacrifice]through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for15the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance ofGod." Rom. 3:22-25.It is through faith in the blood of Christ that all the sins of thebeliever are canceled and the righteousness of God is put in theirplace to the believer's account. O, what a marvelous transaction!What a manifestation of divine love and grace. Here is a man bornin sin. As Paul says, he is "filled with all unrighteousness". Hisinheritance of evil is the worst imaginable. His environment is atthe lowest depths known to the wicked. In some way the love ofGod shining from the cross of Calvary reaches that man's heart.He yields, repents, confesses, and by faith claims Christ as hisSaviour. The instant that is done, he is accepted as a child of God.His sins are all forgiven, his guilt is canceled, he is accountedrighteous, and stands approved, justified, before the divine law. Andthis amazing, miraculous change may take place in one short hour.This is righteousness by faith.Having made these clear, forceful statements as to the way ofbeing made righteous, the apostle then illustrates the truth declaredby a concrete case. He takes the experience of Abraham as anexample."What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertainingto the flesh, hath found?" Rom. 4: 1.Anticipating his answer, we reply: Abraham had foundrighteousness. But how-by what method? Paul tells us: "IfAbraham were justified [accounted righteous]16by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God." Rom.4:2.
Made righteous by works is a suggestion, a proposal,-if such athing could be. Is that the way by which to obtain righteousness?"What saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it [hisbelief] was counted unto him for righteousness." Rom. 4:3. Thisstatement settles forever the way by which Abraham obtainedGod's righteousness. It was not by works; it was by faith.Abraham's Way the Only WayHaving settled the question as to how Abraham secured therighteousness of God, Paul proceeds to show that that is the onlyway any one else can obtain righteousness."To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieththe ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Rom. 4:5.What kindness! What great compassion! The Lord, who is"righteousness in all His ways," offers His own perfectrighteousness to any and every poor, weak, helpless, hopeless sinnerwho will believe what He says. Read it again: "To him that workethnot, but believeth on Him, his faith is counted for righteousness."So important, so fundamental is this way of righteousness thatthe apostle goes on through this entire chapter to restate and repeatand press home to all what he has made so clear in few words.Here are some of his statements:"Even as David also describeth the blessedness17of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness withoutworks." Rom. 4:6."We say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness."Rom. 4:9."And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, Hewas able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him forrighteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it wasimputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if webelieve on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; whowas delivered for our offenses [sins], and was raised again for ourjustification [righteousness]." Rom. 4:21-25.
This clear-cut, positive statement reveals to every lost soul for alltime the only way from sin and guilt and condemnation torighteousness and deliverance from condemnation and death. Withthis agree all the other statements of the Scriptures regarding thisgreat problem of being made righteous.The three words "righteousness by faith" express the mostwonderful transaction in this material world which the humanintellect can grasp. They express the greatest gift that God, in Hisinfinite plenitude, could bestow upon mankind. The great factexpressed by this phrase of three words, has been studied,expounded, and rejoiced in by millions during past ages, and it isstill the theme of the most sublime interest and importance to thehuman family.Reviewing these statements, we find:That the law of God demands righteousness18from all who are under its jurisdiction. But through transgressionall have made themselves incapable of rendering the righteousnesswhich the law demands. What, then, is the sinner to do? Histransgression of God's righteous law has made him unrighteous.This has brought him under the condemnation of that law. Beingcondemned, the penalty of his transgression must be paid. Thepenalty is death. He owes a debt that demands his life. He is undera condemnation that he can never remove. He is facing a penaltyhe can never escape. What can he do? Is there any way out of thisdark, hopeless situation? Yes, there is."The righteousness of God without the law is manifested, beingwitnessed [approved and accepted] by the law and the prophets;even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christunto all and upon all them that believe." Rom. 3:21, 22.This reveals the way of meeting the demands of the law, andemphatically states that the only way of doing so is by faith. To thenatural, unilluminated mind, this solution of the dark problem is amystery. The law requires obedience; it demands righteous deeds inthe activities of life. How can such demands be met by faith insteadof by works? The answer is given in plain words: "Being justified
freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation [an atoning sacrifice]through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for theremission of sins that19are past, through the forbearance of God." Rom. 3:24, 25.What a marvelous solution of the awful problem of sin! Onlyour infinite, all-wise, and compassionate Father could and wouldprovide such a solution. Only inspired writings could reveal it. Andthis way of making a sinner righteous is found only in theuntainted gospel of Christ."By faith he [the sinner, who has so grievously wronged andoffended God] can bring to God the merits of Christ, and the Lordplaces the obedience of His Son to the sinner's account. Christ'srighteousness is accepted in place of man's failure." Review andHerald, Nov. 4, 1890.Christ came to this world as our Redeemer. He became oursubstitute. He took our place in the conflict with Satan and sin. Hewas tempted in all points as we are, but never sinned. He lovedrighteousness and hated iniquity. His life of perfect obedience metthe highest demands of the law. And O, the wonder and the marvelof it is that God accepts Christ's righteousness in the place of ourfailure, our unrighteousness!In this divine transaction, "God receives, pardons, justifies.and loves him [the sinner] as He loves His Son."-Ibid. No wonderPaul proclaimed to the whole world that it was the love of Christwhich constrained him in his arduous labors, and that he countedit a great privilege and joy to suffer the loss of all things, that hemight gain Christ and stand clothed in His righteousness, which isimputed to the sinner through faith.Thus is explained just how faith takes the place20of works and is accounted righteousness. This wonderful truthshould be perfectly dear to every believer; and it must becomepersonal experience. It should enable us to cease from our ownworks, efforts, and struggles, and to enter into calm, trusting, living
faith in the merits, the obedience, the righteousness of Christ.These we may present to God in the place of our failures. Weshould joyfully accept the pardon and justification granted, andshould now experience the peace and joy which such a marveloustransaction is able to bring to our hearts."Therefore being justified [accounted righteous] by faith, wehave peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Rom. 5: 1.Many Have Missed the WayHow strange and how sad that this simple, beautiful way ofrighteousness seems so hard for the natural, carnal heart to findand accept! It was a great sorrow to Paul that Israel, his kinsmenaccording to the flesh, missed the way so fatally. He said: "Israel,which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained tothe law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not byfaith, but as it were by the works of the law." Rom. 9:31, 32.On the other hand, "the Gentiles, which followed not afterrighteousness, have attained to righteousness, even therighteousness which is of faith." Rom. 9:30.And now the apostle reveals the real secret of Israel's failure:"For they being ignorant of God's21righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have notsubmitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ isthe end of the law [the one to whom the law points] forrighteousness to every one that believeth." Rom. 10: 3, 4Finally, the apostle closes his exposition of this sublime themewith these assuring words: "But what saith it? The word is nighthee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith,which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth theLord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raisedHim from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart manbelieveth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession ismade unto salvation." Rom. 10:8-10.
"Righteousness by faith" is not a theory. People may hold atheory about it, and at the same time be "ignorant of God'srighteousness and going about to establish their ownrighteousness." "Righteousness by faith" is a transaction, anexperience. It is a submitting unto "the righteousness of God." It is achange of standing before God and His law. It is a regeneration, anew birth. Without this change there can be no hope for the sinner,for he will remain under the condemnation of God's changeless,holy law; its terrible penalty will still hang over his head.How very essential it thus appears that we come to know, byclear, positive experience, that this great, vital transaction called"righteousness by faith" has been wrought in our hearts and livesby the power of God. Only then can we truly pray22our Lord's prayer, addressing, "Our Father, who art in heaven,hallowed be Thy name.""This name is hallowed by the angels of heaven, by theinhabitants of unfallen worlds. When you pray, 'Hallowed be Thyname,' you ask that it may be hallowed in this world, hallowed inyou. God has acknowledged you before men and angels as Hischild; pray that you may do no dishonor to the 'worthy name bywhich ye are called.' God sends you into the world as Hisrepresentatives. In every act of life you are to make manifest thename of God. This petition calls upon you to possess His character.You cannot hallow His name, you cannot represent Him to theworld, unless in life and character you represent the very life andcharacter of God. This you can do only through the acceptance ofthe grace and righteousness of Christ."-Thoughts From the Mount ofBlessing, p. 158.Chapter 2 - A Message of Supreme ImportanceIn 1888 there came to the Seventh-day Adventist Church a verydefinite awakening message. It was designated at the time as "themessage of Righteousness by Faith". Both the message itself andthe manner of its coming made a deep and lasting impression
upon the minds of ministers and people, and the lapse of time hasnot erased that impression from memory. To this day, many ofthose who heard the message when it came are deeply interested init and concerned regarding it. All these long years they have held afirm conviction, and cherished a fond hope, that someday thismessage would be given great prominence among us, and that itwould do the cleansing, regenerating work in the church whichthey believed it was sent by the Lord to accomplish.Among the influences which have led to this conviction is thedivine witness borne to the proclamation of the message ofRighteousness by Faith as it was set forth at the time of the GeneralConference held in the city of Minneapolis, Minn., in the year1888. From the very first, the Spirit of prophecy placed the seal ofapproval upon the message and its presentation at that time. In theplainest and most positive language we were told that the Lord wasleading and impelling men24to proclaim this definite message of Righteousness by Faith. Ofthat epochal Conference, and the men who gave the specificmessage, it is declared:"The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message toHis people. This message was to bring more prominently beforethe world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the wholeworld. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; itinvited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which ismade manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God.Many had lost sight of Jesus. They needed to have their eyesdirected to His divine person, His merits, and His changeless lovefor the human family. All power is given into His hands, that Hemay dispense rich gifts unto men, imparting the priceless gift ofHis own righteousness to the helpless human agent. This is themessage that God commanded to be given to the world. It is thethird angel's message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice,and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a largemeasure."-Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 91, 92.
Every sentence in this comprehensive statement is worthy ofmost careful study. Let us briefly analyze it:1. A Most Precious Message.-"The Lord in His great mercy sent amost precious message to His people."2. The Object.-"This message was to bring more prominentlybefore the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins ofthe whole world."253. The Scope.a. "It presented justification through faith in the Surety."b. "It invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ,which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments ofGod."4. The Need.a. "Many had lost sight of Jesus"b. "They needed to have their eyes directed to His divine person,His merits, and His changeless love for the human family."5. The Resources.a. "All power is given into His hands,"b. "That He may dispense rich gifts unto men,"c. "Imparting the priceless gift of His own righteousness to thehelpless human agent."6. Extent.-"This is the message that God commanded to be givento the world."7. What It Really Is.-"It is the third angel's message, which is to beproclaimed with a loud cry, and attended with the outpouring ofHis Spirit in a large measure."It is difficult to conceive how there could be anymisunderstanding or uncertainty regarding the heavenlyendorsement of this message. It clearly stated that the Lord sentthe message, and that He led the minds of the men who were sodeeply engrossed by it and who proclaimed it with suchearnestness.It should be borne in mind at this time that the course taken bythe messengers in subsequent years26
has nothing to do with the positive statement, oft repeated, thatthey were led by the Lord to declare this fundamental truth of thegospel to His people at that particular time.Not only was it in the purpose of God to set this message toRighteousness by Faith before His church; it was to be given to theworld. And finally, it is declared to be the "third angel's message,which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with theoutpouring of His Spirit in a large measure." It is evident that theapplication of this message was not limited to the time of theMinneapolis Conference, but that its application extends to theclose of time; and consequently it is of greater significance to thechurch at the present time than it could have been in 1888. Thenearer we approach the great day of God, the more imperative willbe the need of the soul-cleansing work which that message was sentto do. Surely we have every reason for a new, more whole- heartedstudy and proclamation of that message.God's messages and providences are always great with meaning.They are always necessary for the accomplishment of theparticular w
1. In one of His sermons, Christ refers to the second son of Adam, and speaks of him as "righteous Abel." Matt. 23:35. And Paul declares that Abel "obtained witness that he was righteous." Heb. 11:4. 2. "The Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before Me in this generation." Gen. 7:1.