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Righteousness & Holiness Clarified

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Righteousness and holiness cannot be confused. You do not need to do anything (works) to gain righteousness.

Righteousness is a free gift from Christ Jesus, when you accept Him seeRomans 5:9-19. When you have this [righteousness], you stand in the presence of God without a sense of guilt or sin.

Holiness is living a pure life after being saved (Born again). It is our response to righteousness; a fruit of righteousness. Its like I give you a clean white shirt (righteousness). Now as to how you keep it clean (holiness) is up to you.

However, the Bible says in Hebrews 12:14 "Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:" Holiness is needed after being born again. You cannot continue to wallow in sin after receiving the righteousness of Christ, otherwise you become like Paul said, "....crucify Christ again". You must continue to live in purity when you receive the righteousness.

..... if you really believe in Jesus you will not…