God’s Holiness and Righteousness in our Christian Life

New JerusalemEarlier posts in this series were about God’s glory, holiness, and righteousness in the garden of Eden, in Christ’s redemption, and in New Jerusalem. The prior post and this one briefly touch these divine attributes in our Christian life.

Hebrews 10:10 tells us that “we have been sanctified* through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” And 1 Corinthians 1:2 says that the church is composed of “those who have been sanctified in Christ Jesus,” This positional sanctification is complete and it is ours. Thank Him!

Hebrews 10:14 tells us that by the same one offering mentioned in verse 10, “He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” Here, and in Hebrews 2:11, “we are being sanctified.” This is an ongoing, dispositional sanctification.

Acts 13:37 speaks of “He whom God has raised” and verse 39 tells us that, “in this One everyone who believes is justified*.” Romans 3:24 says that we are “justified freely by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.” Also, Romans 9:30 says that we have “a righteousness which is out of faith.” This positional justification is complete and by faith we now possess it.

Second Timothy 2:22 exhorts us to “flee youthful lusts, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” By daily pursuing this righteousness we are “filled with the fruit of righteousness, which is through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:11). This is dispositional.

Gradually God’s glory, holiness, and righteousness will saturate our being and be expressed in our living. Eventually these divine attributes will be thoroughly and eternally manifested in New Jerusalem.

*Sanctification and holiness, although appearing different in English, are from closely related Greek words in the New Testament. Likewise, justification and righteousness, are from closely related Greek words.

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  1. Amen! Here’s a verse from Isaiah that is quite similar to Hebrews 10:10 and Hebrews 10:14: Though the wicked is shown grace, / He does not learn righteousness;(26:10a)
    Praise the Lord!

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    • This is a warning to us. May all the grace shown to us cause us to learn righteousness.

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  2. Amen!

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  3. In my reading of the NT, today I came to the early chapters of Romans. I saw several verses in ch 4 about righteousness imputed to us through faith. One is 4:5, “to the one who does not work, but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted as righteousness.”

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  4. The righteousness of God, is all that God demands and approves, to be in good standing with Him; and is found only in Jesus Christ. By saving faith in Jesus Christ, the righteousness of God is imputed unto the believer (added to the believer’s account ).

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  5. In my reading of the NT, I came to 2 Cor. 7:1. Here we read about our need to cleanse ourselves, “perfecting holiness” (RecV, ASV, NIV, NASB). This on-going perfecting is dispositional. Thank the Lord that we are able to cooperate with Him to “complete our sanctification” (HCSB).

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