Here is another aspect of righteousness. Hebrews 7:16 says that Jesus came according to the power of an endless life. Romans 1:16 says, “And declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.”
As I connected these two verses, I had a deeper understanding of a truth that has always puzzled me. 1 Peter 1:15-16 says, “But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy.”
Here is the piece of the puzzle I missed. The Spirit of holiness dwells in us. Therefore it is possible to walk in holiness WHEN our thoughts, purpose, and actions are conformed to His will.
Let’s take a well known verse, and add it to our understanding of being skilled in righteousness. Psalm 23:3 says, “…He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.” The Spirit of holiness is our leader. He will lead us in a way that facilitates our conformity to God’s will.
Back to Hebrews 5:14. It is saying maturity comes as we allow His word to pierce through our unrighteousness. “But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
Accepting the admonishment from the word and allowing it to course correct us IS the process of sanctification or maturity. 2 Timothy 3:16 says, “ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable to doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” We grow as we read and are pierced through ,so that there is a clear distinction between our soul and our spirit.