Matthew 6:33 (ESV) 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
1. Positional or imputed righteousness
2 Corinthians 5:21
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2. Practical or behavioral righteousness
1 Thessalonians 5:21 - 24 (NASB)
21But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;
22abstain from every form of evil.
23Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.
- The desire to be righteous—to be forgiven and accepted by God; to be right with God.
- The desire to do what is right—to do what God commands; imitating and reflecting God’s righteousness.
- The desire to see right done—to help bring about God’s will in the world.
And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”