Righteous, godly, and holy. This is the way of Christ.
This is the truth, character, nature, perspective, and meaning that defines the believer’s life. It defines the believer’s practical daily spiritual life and the truth found when he devotes himself to follow Christ and his way of life. The way of Christ is one that desires God and seeks an intimate fellowship with him. The spirit of unbelief and rebellion against God rules the way and life of the world.
The way of Christ transcends the life of the world. Righteous is engaged in what is right and just – what makes us right with God and each other. Godly is engaged in the mentality that reflects what is good – what is from God that can be found in us. Holiness is en gaged in what is devoted to God and serving him. The life of the world is driven by lust, self-centeredness, and pride. Christ brought to us righteousness, godliness, and holiness. The Holy Scriptures teaches and trains us to live in the way of Christ.
How God sees us; what he does for us; what he desires for us; what he desires from us are rooted in his righteousness, holiness, and godliness. The result is a life that seeks to please him and to be free from the control of the spirit that rules this world. That requires the grace, mercy, love, power, and truth of God. It requires the faith, hope, love, trust, and devotion of the believer. They all fuse together in Jesus Christ who is our Lord and Savior.
There is so much more to say. We will discuss this more as we meditate on these things more closely. For now, one last thought. The believer in Christ sets his life on God, in God, and for God. For the believer, everything is of God. Righteous, godly, and holy. They are the nature of our fellowship with God. They are the character of how God and I relate to one another.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 Titus 2:11-14