RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS
1 Peter 1:15-16 >> As He who has called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conducts since it is written, “you shall be holy for I am holy”.
These two terms are central to our calling as Christians. It is however observed, the confusion in our understanding and appreciation of both. What does it mean to be righteous and what does it mean to be holy? How do we become righteous and how do we become holy?
The Apostle Peter reminds us that he who has called us is holy. Essentially, he who has called us, does things we can only describe as holy. What is the nature of this calling? He has called us to be, and after we have been, it is expected of us to do things in accordance with what we have become. So one would ask and rightly so, “what has he called us to be”? He has called us to be like himself. How is he? He is righteous!
Often, we confuse holiness to be righteousness and righteousness to be holiness but the two are not the same. In Jesus Christ, WE HAVE BEEN MADE RIGHTEOUS. In other words, we have been made like God by God through Christ. He has gifted us his nature called righteousness. We didnt work for it. We didnt pay for it. He gave it to us completely free. It is worth noting that we have been equipped with righteousness to produce with it, holiness. What are you doing with the righteousness given you?
Righteousness is the nature of God. It is the very life of God. Our righteous God is holy and the Apostle Peter reminds us that the new creation who has been made righteous like God must be seen to be holy as God is holy. If God has gifted us his very life and image, we must honor him by doing with this gift, what he does with his righteousness. What God does with his righteousness, is produce holiness.
We were not just forgiven our sins. We were after forgiveness, gifted a nature called righteousness which would not lead us back into our sin but lead us on a path far apart from our old ways. We were made righteous to be holy. Those who still sin in the name of grace have actually come to terms with the fact that they have been forgiven but are yet to come to terms with the fact that they are righteous and that the rigbteousness must lead them away from their old ways onto a path of holiness.
In grace, we have been recreated to produce holiness instead of sin. If God who has called us out of sin into his righteous light is holy, then we must be holy. The only expectation from your righteousness is holiness even as God is holy. Forgiveness qualifies you for righteousness and righteousness which bears holiness qualifies you for eternal life.
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