The words “justification” and “righteousness” may sound almost the same when used in the Biblical context.
The general understanding of most Christians is that when you are justified you are righteous and when you are righteous, you are justified.
However, when we study these two words, there’s a crucial difference that we need to understand. Failure to do so could lead to the formation of wrong doctrines and beliefs that could distort the real teaching of the Bible.
Scholars would define justification as meaning “to impute righteousness” or “to be declared righteous.” This may be true, but it doesn’t give you the entire picture.
Let me explain.