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An Enduring 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


Christ’s righteousness may be called an everlasting righteousness, because the benefit of it is to endure to everlasting life. Indeed, some people tell us, that a person may be in Christ today and go to the devil tomorrow. But, blessed be God, ye have not so learned Christ! No, my dear friends, thanks be to God for that divine text, ‘There is now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.’ Though God’s people may fall foully. And though many are full of doubts and fears and say, ‘One day I shall fall by the hands of Saul’ however your poor souls may be harassed, yet no wicked devil, nor your own depraved heart, shall be able to separate you from the love of God. God has loved you, God has fixed his heart upon you and having loved his own, he loves them unto the end. The Lord of life and of glory, the blessed Jesus, will never cease loving you, till he hath loved and brought you to heaven when he will rejoice and say, ‘Behold me, O my Father and the dear children that thou hast given me; thou gavest them me; thine they were, I have bought them with my blood, I have won them with my sword and with my bow and I now will wear them as so many jewels of my crown.’

Therefore, Jesus Christ’s righteousness may be called an everlasting righteousness, because those who once take hold of and are interested in it, shall be saved everlastingly by Christ. ‘It is God that justifies us (says St. Paul), who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather that is risen again.’ He gives devils the challenge, ‘O death, where is thy sting, O grave, where is thy victory? Who shall separate us from the love of God? I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither principalities nor powers, nor any other creature, shall ever be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ Those whom God justifies, he also glorifies. And because Christ lives, blessed be God, we shall live also. I know not what you may say. But though I trust I have felt the grace of Christ every day for fresh strength as if I had never believed before. And if I was to depend upon my own faithfulness and not the faithfulness of the Son of God, I am sure I should soon desert the Lord Jesus Christ.

But glory be to God, he is faithful that hath promised! Glory be to God, our salvation depends not upon our own free will but upon God’s free grace! Here is a sure bottom, the believer may build upon it. Let the storms blow as long and as high as they please, they may make the poor creature tremble but blessed be God, they never shall be able to take him off the foundation.

—George Whitefield, “The Righteousness of Christ an Everlasting Righteousness” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:291–292.

Posted 2018·12·18 by David Kjos
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