Righteousness and Peace in the Holy Spirit

Second Peter 3:13 declares that “according to His promise we are expecting new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.” This prevalent righteousness causes peace throughout the new creation.

righteousness is by faith in ChristPeace is the fruit of righteousness; turmoil and fighting are the result of unrighteous-ness. “The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). At present, the kingdom of God is not openly manifested, but is “in the Holy Spirit” who is one with our human spirit (Romans 8:16). The kingdom of God here is the present church life, in which we receive all believers because God in Christ has received them (Romans 15:7).

In this kingdom life righteousness is first, peace follows, and joy is the result. This righteousness is not our own striving to be proper, which results in the repeated failures and condemnation described in Romans 7. Rather, this righteousness comes from the Spirit with our spirit.

A principle of the gospel is “the righteous shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). This is righteousness imputed to us by God in response to our believing (Romans 3:21-22). Then we can live out this righteousness, as stated in Romans 8:4, “the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the spirit.” Such a living is based on what Christ has accomplished on the cross (Romans 8:3) and on Christ as life in us daily. This righteousness, universally spread and openly manifested, will dwell in New Jerusalem and in the whole new creation.

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