Righteousness & Holiness
Proverbs 11:19 “He who is steadfast in righteousness attains life, but he who pursues evil does it to his own death.”
John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the Way, the Truth, & Life: no one comes to the Father except by (through )Me.’
John 17:3 “And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true & real God, and likewise to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.”
The Way is the Holy Spirit, the Truth is Jesus, & the Life is God the Father. When stated that the only route to come to the Father is ‘by & through’ Him, as Jesus spoke, He’s talking about both Jesus the Son & the Holy Spirit. The fullness of the Godhead, three in One. By, is by the Holy Spirit (or Way), by His leading; and in following in this Way, you come to know Jesus (the Truth, or all things- John 16: 7-15: about sin, about righteousness, about judgment, about the future things to come, the way to honor & glorify the Son of God & the Father; sanctification through Jesus to be holy – John 17:17-22; about the kingdom of God). Life is eternal life – knowing the Father, and understanding He is the only true God.
To be steadfast is to be consistent in righteousness or right standing with God. And this would have to be done by obeying the Spirit of God. There are times that we may stumble in our obedience unto Him (in which He allows for grace to repent & start over), but we are to continue to yield ourselves unto His subjection & leading in all areas of our lives in order to come to true righteousness which leads to holiness (Gal. 6:16-23; Heb. 12:6-14). We cannot continue to know of the Way, by the Holy Spirit, and continue to deny it or apply it sporadically (Heb. 6:4-8). By doing so, we do not come to knowing Christ and His true nature, therefore never coming to know the Father either (as this IS the only way to come to Him). This holiness leads us to God the Father. You must be holy as He is holy (1Pet. 1:15-16; Lev. 11:44-45). To be with the Father is to have life, our full salvation (John 10:29-30).
Jesus was and is righteous and holy or perfect (was & is in right standing with God, & without sin, or blameless – 1Pet. 2:22; Isa. 53:9; 1John 3:5; Heb. 4:15; 2 Cor. 5:21). We are to follow in this pattern of His life led by the Holy Spirit, or the Way (1Pet. 2:21). The Father called His Son Jesus after the order of Melchizedek , which means ‘king of righteousness’ or ‘king of peace.’ Meaning Jesus is the King of righteousness or the sole Leader or example by which we should follow in suit (Heb. 6:17-20), in order to attain holiness or perfection in God (the full & complete promise through the Gospel), through right standing and peace (our spirit no longer at enmity with God but now reconciled back to Him – 2Cor. 5:14-21; Rom. 14:17-18; Gal. 5:22-25). We can be righteous in our walk partially, meaning we listen & obey occasionally by the Spirit, but in order to come to the full mature state (the fullness of the Godhead); we must be holy. And holiness requires us to be righteous in ALL areas of our lives, by and through the Power of the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ (Heb. 5:5-9; Ps. 110:4; Heb. 7:1-28).
James 5:16 “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”
The reason why the prayer of a righteous person is powerful is because it’s a prayer that is led by the Holy Spirit, and that’s where the Power comes from (1Cor.1:24). It is a prayer that is in accordance to what the Lord wants to be done, in His will. There is no power in a prayer that is out of His will (Prov. 28:9; John 9:31; 1Pet. 3:7-12), in fact it is an abomination to the Lord because they have rejected to go to the Lord in seeking His guidance in the situation.
Matt. 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate; for wide is the gate & spacious & broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those that are entering through it. But the gate is narrow (contracted by pressure) & the way is straitened & compressed that leads away to life, and few are those who find it.” (Deut. 30:19-20)
As Jesus stated in these passages, there are 2 ways. The way of life (which includes following the Holy Spirit, which will lead to pressure from all angles of the natural life – surrendering our own agendas, not bowing to the ways of the world and being persecuted by others for it, losing things that are important to you, or giving up things that are difficult to give up, etc.); knowing the Truth of who Jesus is and how He walks, which requires us to live our lives for Him & others; and a life of submitting all things to God the Father, for His glory and not our own. Very few find this way as being appealing because they are bound by the world and its sensual desires and are not willing to give up all that it has to offer. They are not willing to live for Christ fully and not for themselves anymore, no matter the cost. They are not willing to abide in all areas of their lives by His leading which would bring them to Jesus in His entirety of His character, therefore eventually causing an end to themselves ( a life ended on the cross) and a hidden life in Him, led & controlled by the Father of all. The prophets of old would have loved to have this way of life on the earth (this is how they live in heaven) because it would have allowed them to be able to walk righteous and holy (or completed) before God, as in the days of old before sin crept in. The prophets of old were righteous as far as they could be as the Spirit of God came upon them to do His work, but were not all of the time. In this new covenant, Jesus made a way for us to live as He lived – in righteousness and holiness all of the time, on earth as in heaven. He came to teach us the way into right standing with God, which led to holiness, resulting in the ability to be in His presence all of the time – to see God as He is and to converse with Him all of the time. The only way He could teach us of righteousness was because He had the Holy Spirit in Him controlling Him (Luke 3:22; Luke 4:1; Mark 1:10-12; John 1:32). And through this complete obedience, He showed His holiness because He was able to hear from the Father at all times and do and say what He had Him to do and say. Jesus is Truth because He fulfilled all that was spoken of (John 1:1-2)- of Him, and His Father, and the Holy Spirit – in the flesh(the water and the blood). As they are all three in One & God is true. He represented God in person, or the kingdom of God in person – God the Father, God the Word, and God the Spirit (1John 5:6- 8). As They were in the beginning and as they will exist in the end, through His people forever (Gen. 1:26; Rev. 21:3-7; Ezek. 37:27).