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Oct 23, 2016
Preacher: Robert Hawker
Passage: Jeremiah 33:16 & 1 Corinthians 1:30

Christ Jesus The Lord Our Righteousness

…she shall be called, Jehovah our righteousness

(JEREMIAH 33:16)

Our Redeemer, is, that JEHOVAH [the LORD] JESUS our righteousness is the very righteousness of his people. Let the reader remember that JESUS is not said to be a righteous person, but righteousness itself. Angels may be, and sometimes are, called righteous, and so are the servants of GOD; but none of them can be called righteousness. This belongs only to GOD our SAVIOUR: all other righteousness is derived, and is from HIM; but the righteousness of the LORD JESUS is essentially and necessarily HIS own. HE is righteousness itself; and his GODHEAD both proves HIS righteousness, and his righteousness demonstrates HIS GODHEAD. This is one sweet feature of this name of our LORD; and there is another included in it, namely, that this righteousness is ours. For by virtue of union and oneness with HIM, all that HE is as the HEAD of HIS body the church, HE is for and in HIS people. Hence HE is said to have been made sin for them when he knew no sin that they might be made the righteousness of GOD IN HIM (2 CORINTHIANS 5:21). “And he is made of God to them wisdom and righteousness, sanctification and redemption.” (1 CORINTHIANS 1:30) And what crowns the whole is, that CHRIST and his righteousness being so for ever, so must his people be in HIM. HIS person being infinite, so must be HIS righteousness; and therefore, HE is said to have saved HIS people with an everlasting righteousness, by reason of which they shall not be ashamed nor confounded, world without end. Well might the HOLY GHOST command the church to exclaim, “Surely shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength.” (ISAIAH 45:24) I would only add, as a further confirmation of the interest the church hath in CHRIST and the oneness there is between them, the church also is called the LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, because her glorious HUSBAND is so; thus proving her marriage by taking the name of her husband. Oh, the blessedness in that one title, JEHOVAH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS!

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