Is Holiness the same as righteousness??
Updated: Jul 5, 2020
1 Corinthians 1:30..." But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom,and righteousness, and sanctification (holiness), and redemption": Some believers have confused holiness for righteousness, assuming that there's no difference between both. Though often used by many interchangeably, holiness is not the same as righteousness and the difference between the two needs to be clear.
Holiness is a place in God; a condition. When God sanctifies something, whether its a place, a person or a thing, it becomes holy. That person or thing becomes separated from all others unto God. It includes two aspects. Firstly, the Lord separates you or sets you apart; and then secondly, He separates you to Himself. It is one thing to separate anything or anybody from other things, but that doesn't mean you've separated that thing to yourself. But in this connection, God separates you from others to Himself; for His sacred use, thus you're Holy!
As God's children, we've been sanctified by the Spirit unto God. So we're called holy. That's our condition. Also, when God's presence comes upon someone or when God's presence comes upon a place, like it did on Mount Sinai in the Old testament (Exodus 24:16) it becomes holy. The temple in the Old Testament also was called holy because the presence of God was there, and God has separated that place for Himself.
Righteousness, on the other hand, is a nature. Its the nature of God that describes His rightness; His ability to do, and be right. He is never wrong, He's always right. Whatever He does is right. When He imparts this ability to be right and to do right into your life, you automatically become righteous. This also gives you the right-standing, which means you can stand in His presence without a sense of condemnation, inferiority or guilt.
Righteousness is your nature now; its the character of your spirit. You're not only the righteousness of God in Christ, as the scripture says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, rather, you're both a righteous and holy (1 Corinthians 3:17). In Hebrew 3:1, we're called holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling. You share the same life and nature with the Lord; His nature of righteousness and holiness have been imparted to your spirit; you're one with Him now:
"For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren" (Hebrew 2:11). Hallelujah!