Dearly Beloved Saint,
The following is an attempt to answer another salient question that some have asked concerning this blessed subject.
What is the word of righteousness and why should believers who truly seek to know God – embrace it?
The word of righteousness is a biblical doctrine that should be consistently communicated to a believer who has partaken of the foundational aspect of faith or who has been exposed to the elementary principles of milk (basic) faith (Eph. 1:15-17/Isa. 28:9, Heb. 6:1c-2).
It is the next word meant for those who have selflessly received and lived by what is fondly called The Word of Faith; who are meant to be exposed to the ministrations on “The Faith of The Son of God”- and thereby live in a different way than they previously did – I.e. with God’s power (Isa. 28:9, Gal. 2:20).
This word is also called “the meat of the word” because it it contains the strength and soul nutrients for a victorious walk above this world (1Cor. 3:1-2b, 2Pet. 1:5-7, 1Jn. 5:4). It is a doctrine (teaching) that enlightens and empowers its hearers on the right and only approved way to live in the flesh (Rom. 1:16-17, Jn. 1:11-12).
All believers received God’s righteousness in their human spirit at new birth and their spirit became a new man in Christ (2Cor. 5:17). But our soul remained old and corrupt in nature, and lacked the newness of life (Christ) needed to relate with or respond to God (Eph. 4:22, Rom. 6:4, Col. 1:28). So our soul needed God’s righteousness also imparted to it; it needed access into the economy of the new man (Christ), and this what the teachings around the word of righteousness imparts.
As a believer acquires the life or new nature/mind called Christ, he can then begin the actual learning of God and journey to a place where he can receive the fullness of the promise/inheritance of the New Testament – i.e. eternal life (1Cor. 2:16, Heb. 11:39c-40, 1Jn. 2:25).