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An Everlasting Righteousness


Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy place.

—Daniel 9:24


In the fullness of time descends the eternal Logos, ‘In the fullness of time God sent forth his Son made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that are under the law from the curse of it, being made a curse for us.’ The Lord Jesus Christ being clothed in human nature, fulfilled all righteousness. He submitted to every institution of God and was pleased to obey the whole moral law. And afterwards, O can we think of it, O can you hear of it, without a heart leaping with joy, at last the Lord Jesus bled and died! And when he was just expiring, just as he was about to bow down his head and give up the ghost, what do ye think he said? He said, ‘It is finished!’ As much as to say, ‘Now the arduous work, the difficult task I had undertaken, blessed be God, is now completely over; all the demands of the law are finished; now God’s justice is satisfied. Now a new and living way is opened by my blood to the holiest of all for poor sinners.’

So that when Christ’s righteousness is here spoken of we are to understand ‘Christ’s obedience and death’, all that Christ has done and all that Christ has suffered for an elect world, for all that will believe on him. And blessed be God for this righteousness! Blessed be God for the epithet which in the text is put to this righteousness. It might be called a blessed righteousness, it might be called a glorious righteousness, it might be called an invaluable righteousness. But the angel calls it an everlasting righteousness. God give you to take the comfort of it!

—George Whitefield, “The Righteousness of Christ an Everlasting Righteousness” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:289.

Posted 2018·12·17 by David Kjos
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