Righteousness and justice are the foundation as well as the habitation of God’s throne; therefore, any establishment of God’s Government (i.e. His Kingdom) on earth will include these two elements. I’ve been hearing people quote Matthew 6:33 quite a bit lately: “But seek first the kingdom of God … and all these things shall be added to you,” except many times there’s something missing. The verse tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God AND His righteousness. Of all the things that could have been conjoined with seeking first God’s Kingdom, it is vital to understand that righteousness was chosen.
Let’s explore this essential element of the Kingdom of God that will remain (cannot be shaken). Please note that when one studies RIGHTEOUSNESS, it appears to be a mystery so vast and deep that it seems to go on forever. Due to “righteousness” being connected to the Eternal One and His throne, I bet it does.
Heads up! We are going to camp here for a while to receive some basic (often missing) ingredients for what it means to be called of God after the Order of Melchizedek – the King of Righteousness. Not only is righteousness a kingdom key for Melchizedek’s appearing, but wise virgins are being clothed in the bridal garment of righteousness as well.
Righteousness is about faith motivating us to do the right thing. It is not about activity, but a State of Being. Yet without the evidence of the deeds done out of the overflow of our purified hearts, righteousness does not exist. “Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right” (Prov 20:11 NKJV). Romans 6 shows us that our loving, spirit-led obedience leads to righteousness, which leads to holiness.
One can think of the progressive steps of faith required to attain righteousness as:  faith in God  faith through God  faith of God. Faith in God or faith towards God is simply an elementary teaching of the Messiah. Devout hearts are called to move unto perfection (maturity). Please consider that it’s the “Word of Righteousness” spoken of in Hebrews 5:13 that reveals the way of “moving unto perfection” (Heb 6:1).
The Word of Faith is merely the initial door that we go through for salvation, which enables us to see God’s Kingdom: “He saved us not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 3:5 NASB). Scripturally, it speaks of two more gateways that will not only allow believers to enter His Kingdom, but inherit it as well.
The reason that we know that righteousness is a State of Being is because the primitive root for the Hebrew word for righteousness ”tsadaq” literally means TO BE. Tomorrow, we will see how righteousness is even part of the protoplasm of the universe that aligns with life. For now, put a marker in your thinking cap to note that RIGHTEOUSNESS is NOT about salvation. It’s about maturity, eternal rewards and the essence of life.
~ Robin Main
References: Psa 89:14; 97:2; Prov 20:11; Isa 9:7; Matt 19:29; 25:34-40; John 3:3,5; 1 Cor 6:9-10; 15:50; Rom 6:16,19; Gal 5:19-21; Titus 3:5; Heb 6:1-2; 12:25-29; Rev 21:7-9.
STRONG’s OT:6664 tsedeq (pronounced tseh’-dek) from OT:6663 the right (naturally, morally or legally); also (abstractly) equity :- x even, (x that which is altogether) just (-ice), right (-eous), (cause, -ly, -ness).
CAUSE:  a reason for action or condition: MOTIVE;  an agent that brings something about;  ground of legal action.
STRONG’s OT:6663 tsadaq (pronounced tsaw-dak’) * a primitive root * TO BE (causitively make) right (in a moral or forensic [suitable for courts of justice] sense) :- cleanse, clear self, (be, do) just (-ice, -ify, -ify self), (be, turn to) righteous (-ness).