Indisputable Bible Truth
What the Bible says about...
the righteous and the wicked

The Facts

The Data

There are two classes of people: righteous and wicked.

"And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left" (Matt. 25:33).

"And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?" (Gen. 18:23).

"God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day" (Psalm 7:11).

"The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous" (Prov. 15:29).

"Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not" (Mal. 3:18).

The names of the righteous are written in the Lamb's book of life. The names of the wicked are not.

"The LORD said to Moses, 'Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book'" (Ex. 32:33).

"May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous" (Psalm 69:28).

"He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels" (Rev. 3:5).

The righteous have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and made Him Lord.
There are two prerequisites for being called "righteous" in the eyes of God.

  1. Accept the gift of eternal life given to you by Jesus Christ through His substitutionary death in your place. In accepting this gift, you acknowledge your sinfulness and your need to be saved from the "wages of sin." Jesus paid your debt for sin by becoming a human being, living a righteous life, and then dying on the cross. By accepting and acknowledging these things, you are justified in the sight of God.

  2. Make Jesus Christ Lord of your life. Having justified you by His death, and having made the way for you to be peaceful and joyful throughout eternity in paradise, you determine to make Him your Lord. (Someone who loves you like that is worth following.) When you make someone your lord, that means you put yourself at his command. That is, your lord is someone whom you obey. In making Christ Lord of your life, you are effectively saying that you will do what He tells you to do because you know what He requires of you will be in your best interests.

    Sanctification - In making Him your Lord, He gives you power to become like Him. The process where you go from dirty sinner to clean saint is called "sanctification."

If either of the above are lacking- accepting Jesus gift of salvation and making Him Lord- you are not considered righteous in God's eyes.

The Obedience of the Saints

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Everybody else is in the "wicked" group.
These people see nothing wrong with sinful lifestyles. They see nothing wrong with doing things their own way.
The righteous will live forever, the wicked will perish.
"Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life" (Rev. 21:27).

Only those who agree to abide by God's rules will be allowed to live forever (see the fate of the righteous). Those who refuse, who choose to remain in sinfulness, will perish (see the fate of the wicked).

Some of you won't receive the truth of the Word, despite the indisputable nature of the evidence just presented to you. If you feel you have a point of dispute, or if you think I missed something that could strengthen the truth presented here, please send it to me and I will review it thoroughly and respond.