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 THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST

13th January
MORNING CONTEMPLATION
TOPIC: THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST
TEXT: PHIL. 3:9

''And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith...''

There are two sorts of righteousness: righteous by faith and righteousness by the law. The righteousness that comes by the law simply means human goodness, morality, observation of the common rules that guide human society; examples, keeping onself from what is another's, non-commission of robbery, adultery &c. All of these come under the righteousness by law--it is called by Isaiah as 'our righteousness' Put in another manner, it is the fruit of living by the light of nature. The constituent element of this law, were summed up by Moses and called the Law of moses--The Ten Commandment. On the other hand, righteousness by faith is that kind that comes by Jesus' death and resurrection: none can ain this sort; it is the kind that Jesus Himself Has--sportless, unmixexed, unchangeable and uncreated righteousness. Righteousness that streams from moral law is as menstrous cloth or napkin before God; a filthy rag! The righteousness of the law is not and never potent enough to swallow God's wrath. But that which Jesus gives to all who believe in Him, is the only answer to God's anger and holy wrath. Our righteousness is to be feared as our sin: it is but a sinful righteousness; mixed purity; wrath-attracting goodness and damning piety. Many will be turned out of the door of heaven for not being found in Christ's righteousness. No man can live with God for ever, save he who has His own kind of righteousness--righteousness by faith in Christ. God can not say to any man, 'This is my beloved son, in whom am well pleased; sit thou down at my right hand...' except he who has put on the righteousness of Christ. Paul labours night and day so that he might be found in Christ on the last day, not having his own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. As we labour to avoid sins like a plague, so must we strive to abhor our self-righteousness. Frieinds, make certain that you are not resting on your works but on Christ's merit. Your works will ain you hell; Christ's will ain you heaven. How dangerous it shall be not to appear in Christ seamless and beautifully embroided white linen garment on the last day! Sue then for that righteousness today, and when you have laid hold on it, never let it go: let it be your night gown, your day's attire: wear it in springtime, summer time, winter time and autum time: ever be in it, and God would ever look at you with favour and saying to all and sundry, 'This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased! This is he whom I delight to honour!'


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 Re: THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST

Let us also see that the righteousness of Christ is the true powerful dynamic grace that trains us to deny all ungodliness and worldly lusts so as to enable us by Christ’s own divine nature in us to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age.

The righteousness of Christ is not only designed by The Father to appease His great wrath, but also to recover the honor of His great name before the eyes of men. His righteousness, produced by His own working in us both to will and to do shows Himself holy through our transformed conduct. A holy way of life in good works that are measurable, evidence before men of God’s true character.

We are to be filled with the fruit of righteousness, for when God makes the tree good, it’s fruit will be good. This is the righteousness of Christ we are to pursue. A righteousness that restores the honor of God’s great name before men.

The righteousness of Christ must appear blameless before God and men if it is the genuine grace of Christ. Fiduciary righteousness is only part of God’s purpose. He is not simply seeking to appease His great wrath, but to restore His great name.

The Law weak as it was through the flesh did not produce conduct in men that brought honor and glory to God. Those who walk by the Spirit are empowered by the grace of Christ to see all the righteousness of the Law fulfilled in conduct before men.

The great difference is not in the action sought by God. He has always sought faithful submission to His divine decree. The great difference is source. His righteousness must spring from the fullness of His deity in Christ the Son from whose fullness we have all received grace for grace.

Mak


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