Righteousness Dwells

in christ we are constituted righteousSecond Peter 3:13 says, “we are expecting new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.” Righteousness does not merely exist in New Jerusalem and in the new creation. It is much more than a set of regulations for behavior and more than behavior up to some standard. The righteousness of the new creation “dwells” there, makes its home there, settles down there. This homemaking righteousness is personified by Peter through his use of the word “dwell.”

The Greek word (κατοικέω) translated dwell “properly signifies* to settle down in a dwelling, to dwell fixedly in a place. Besides its literal sense, it is used of (a) the indwelling of the totality of the attributes and powers of the Godhead in Christ, Col. 1:19; 2:9; (b) the indwelling of Christ in the hearts of believers, Eph. 3:17; (c) the indwelling of Satan in a locality, Rev. 2:13; (d) the future indwelling of righteousness in the new heavens and earth, 2 Pet. 3:13.”

This righteousness dwells in and is part of the new creation, which was brought forth by God through the death and resurrection of Christ. Through regeneration, this righteousness has become ours to constitute us righteous (Romans 5:19). This constitution will be manifested to a greater extent in the next age and manifested to the greatest extent in New Jerusalem and the whole new creation.

*W. E. Vine, Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, Mac Donald Publishing Co., undated

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, footnotes, and cross-references, may be viewed at online.recoveryversion.org; this too is copyrighted by Living Stream Ministry.

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