THE LORD MY RIGHTEOUSNESS – 3.
In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is His name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. (Jeremiah 23: 6, KJV.)
Hello everyone! Let’s call this a wrap today, with a vital point made. What point is that?
You know, we have previously established the point that the LORD is our righteousness? Well, today I’d love to have us know that, God’s act of making sinners likes us righteous in CHRIST, is by itself, a display of God’s righteousness. In the words of Pastor Joseph Prince, of the New Creation Church, Singapore, ‘God is righteous in making the sinner righteous’.
The above truth is gotten from the celebrated 2 Corinthians 5: 21 passage:
For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (NLTB.)
You see how the New Living Translation Bible translates the above? Oh my! We were made right with God – that is, being made righteous – because God offered Himself in CHRIST as the offering for our sin; that is, God took our place in CHRIST. This is justice! God didn’t discharge and acquit us just because He loved us and wanted to; no, that would amount to injustice, because we were guilty as charged. The demands and claims of justice had to be fulfilled, which was death; He died to fulfil this demand, so we could be declared free. Glory! That’s a display of God’s righteousness and just nature.
The following passage sheds light in this regard:
For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time. GOD DID THIS TO DEMONSTRATE HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, for He Himself is fair and just, and He declares sinners to be right in His sight when they believe in Jesus. (Romans 3: 25 – 26, NLTB. Capitalised emphasis is mine.)
Dear Saint, that God met the demand of justice Himself, without requiring its fulfilment from man, who was incapable of fulfilling it, so as to make man right with Him, is a testimony of His righteousness. Since God in His display of righteousness has made us righteous, we can still say like the Jeremiah passage, ‘The LORD our righteousness’.