Wednesday, April 27, 2016

....."Who of GOD is made unto us wisdom, righteousness;" CHRIST's whole personal righteousness is made over to, and accounted theirs.  Being enabled to lay hold on CHRIST by faith, GOD the Father blots out their transgressions, as with a thick cloud; their sins, and their iniquities he remembers no more; they are made the righteousness of GOD in CHRIST JESUS, "who is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth."  In one sense, GOD now sees no sin in them; the whole covenant of works is fulfilled in them; they are actually justified, acquitted, and looked upon as righteous in the sight of GOD; they are perfectly accepted in the beloved; they are complete in him; the flaming sword of GOD's wrath, which before moved every way, is now removed, and free access given to the tree of life; they are enabled to reach out the arm of faith, and pluck, and live for evermore.  Hence it is that the apostle, under a sense of this blessed privilege, breaks out into this triumphant language; "It is CHRIST that justifies, who is he that condemns?"  Does sin condemn? CHRIST's righteousness delivers believers from the guilt of it: CHRIST is their Saviour, and is become a propitiation for their sins: who therefore shall lay any thing to the charge of GOD's elect?  Does the law condemn?  By having CHRIST's righteousness imputed to them, they are dead to the law, as a covenant of works; CHRIST has fulfilled it for them, and in their stead.  Does death threaten them? they need not fear: the sting of death is sin, the strength of sin is the law; but GOD has given them the victory, by imputing to them the righteousness of the LORD JESUS.
....."a Saviour is born."  And well may angels rejoice at the conversion of poor sinners: for the LORD is their righteousness; they have peace with GOD, through faith in CHRIST's blood, and shall never enter into condemnation.  O believers! (for this discourse is intended in a special manner for you) lift up your heads; "Rejoice in the LORD always; again I say, rejoice."  CHRIST is made to you of GOD righteousness, what then should you fear? you are made the righteousness of GOD in him; you may be called, "The LORD our righteousness."  Of what then should you be afraid? what shall separate you henceforward, from the love of CHRIST? "shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  No, I am persuaded, neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate you from the love of GOD, which is in CHRIST JESUS our LORD," who of GOD is made unto you righteousness.....
                                                                                                                               George Whitefield

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