Unlimited: The Lord Our Righteousness
Aug 21, 2019 1982
In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called; The Lord Our Righteous Saviour (Jeremiah 23:6, NIV).
It will always give a Christian the greatest calm, quiet, ease, and peace, to think of the perfect righteousness of Christ. How often are the saints of God downcast and sad!
I do not think they ought to be. I do not think they would be if they could always see their perfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and remember that we are “perfect in Christ Jesus.”
If we call to mind that “Christ is made unto us righteousness,” we will be of good cheer. There is nothing wanting in my Lord, Christ has done it all. On the Cross he said, “It is finished!” and if it is finished, then I am complete in him, and can rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, not having my own righteousness but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.
When the believer says, “I live on Christ alone; I rest on him solely for salvation; and I believe that, however unworthy I am still saved in Jesus;” then there rises up as a motive of gratitude this thought—“Will I not live to Christ? Will I not love him and serve him, seeing that I am saved by his merits?”
If saved by imputed righteousness, we shall greatly value imparted righteousness.
– Charles Spurgeon (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Does your relationship with Jesus affect your countenance? When you think about receiving the righteousness of Jesus as your own, does it affect your demeanour?