Our position before God is something that the enemy challenges constantly in our minds and even before God Himself.
The scriptures tell us that he is called the “accuser of the brethren”.
We can have complete confidence however that our position and standing before God is taken care of; that we stand holy and righteous before God because of what Christ has done for us and in us.
9 But the voice from heaven answered a second time, ‘What God has cleansed and pronounced clean, no longer consider common (unholy).’
Let it be settled in our hearts and minds that we are righteous and holy through Jesus Christ. The power of the blood of Jesus makes us both holy and righteous but even more; it helps us to practice righteousness and holiness.
What is the difference you might ask? Practicing is the outward expression into the natural of what is the intrinsic or internal character and make up of something or someone.
When we become a new creation; being made a Son of God, our identity becomes new, something never before existing.
Our old Adamic nature and being (pertaining to the lineage of Adam) becomes reborn into the image of Christ.
In this process, we put on the identity and the substance of Christ becoming both His righteousness and His holiness.
The practice of righteousness and holiness then becomes the outward display and manifest character of who we now are in Christ.
Holiness and righteousness are not something that we have to earn additionally or apart from gaining our new identity in Christ. They are inherent to the metamorphosis.
Learning to walk and practice our inherent character and identity of righteousness and holiness is developed through the teaching by and through the power of the Holy Spirit being present in our lives and by the outpouring of His power and gifts on us.
By settling once and for all that our identity and to whom we belong inherently has made us both righteous and holy before God our Father, we can put to rest any fear and concerns about the security of our salvation and our standing of being righteous and holy before God.
Once we have done that, our focus can be completely directed towards learning from the Holy Spirit how to practice righteousness and holiness and naturally express that which is in our nature to do – to be righteous and to be holy.