Holiness In Two Parts
- DateDecember 5, 1999
Holiness and righteousness are similar but not the same. Holiness is purity, the absence of sin: righteousness is rightness, absence of Wrong.
There are two facets to these character qualities:
- In the new birth they are both imputed to the believer so that in God’s sight we are as holy in right as we will ever be. (Legal reality in his sight)
- After salvation, the believer will grow and practical holiness and righteousness as he makes choices led by the Holy Spirit and the word of God. (Practical reality in our own site)
Both legalism and libertinism are erroneous extremes created by a misunderstanding of this principle.
Bible References: Luke 1:74–75, Matthew 5:20, Hebrews 12:14, 1 Peter 1:15–16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Philippians 2:12–13