February 22, 2024     2:38 pm
249. Week of Eighth Sunday after Trinity - Wednesday
Christ is our Righteousness
          Who of God is made unto us . . . Righteousness.   1 Corinthians 1:30
          In ourselves we have no righteousness whereby we might stand before God. But Christ is made Righteousness for us by God. We must say: Considering myself, I confess that I am all unrighteousness; but Christ is my Righteousness. God has made Christ our Righteousness. How are we to understand this? Christ is for us; He is our Substitute. Christ has fulfilled the Law of God perfectly - for us. Christ, though He knew no sin, nevertheless was made sin by God - for us. (2 Cor. 5:21) On Christ lay all the chastisement for sin - for us. (Is. 53:5) Christ did all that the Law of God demands of us - for us. Christ suffered all with which the Law of God threatens us - for us. Christ fulfilled all the righteousness demanded by the Law of God - for us. God did this in His great mercy. So Christ was made righteousness for us by God. So Christ is our Righteousness. A blessed exchange was made: Christ was made sin for us, we are made the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor. 5:21) Surely, the righteousness of Christ is valid before God, and the righteousness of Christ belongs to us. You must firmly believe, my dear Christian, that the righteousness with which you may stand in the sight of God is not your own, but that of another - the righteousness of Christ. This God gives to you; it belongs to you; you must apprehend it in true faith. Thus you may stand before God. Thus all your sins are taken away from you and gone; they are forgiven you for Christ's sake, and pure righteousness, spotless; blameless, perfect righteousness, envelopes you, as it were; the righteousness of Christ. If you firmly apprehend this in true faith, you will nevermore fear nor despair. Then you at all times possess that perfect righteousness with which you may stand before God.
          PRAYER: - O God, how graciously You helped me: You made Christ Righteousness for me. Christ is my jewel, Christ is my glorious dress, Christ is the robe of my righteousness. Grant that through the gracious operation of Your Holy Spirit I may put on Christ, by believing in Him, and wrap myself in Christ, and hide myself in Him. And for Christ's sake, O righteous God, declare me, a sinner, righteous!

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