RIGHTEOUSNESS is the key word in Paul’s epistles. It means the ability to stand in the Father’s presence without the sense of fear, condemnation, or inferiority. Here is a promise of it. Isaiah 54:13-14. “And all thy children shall be taught of Jehovah; and great shall be the peace of thy children. In righteousness shall they be established: thou shalt be far from oppression, for thou shalt not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near thee.” The greatest blessing of the New Creation is to be established in righteousness, to acquire a righteousness consciousness. We have a sin consciousness. We have had a weakness consciousness that has kept us slaves of fear. As a nation, we have tax consciousness and will have it for generations to come.
But what a sense of victory, of freedom would be ours if we knew that we were the righteousness of God and were established in that fact. Sin consciousness has made slaves of the human race. It has destroyed the initiative in multitudes. It has been the oldest and most persistent enemy of faith. You cannot have faith in the Word when you are under condemnation. You see righteousness means the ability to stand in the presence of God. What would sonship be worth if we did not have righteousness ? The Father would have no pleasure in His children because they would be shrinking, cowardly, fearful beings. The children would never enjoy the Father’s presence. No redemption would be worth the name that did not include righteousness.
No New Creation and sonship would be worth the title, if righteousness did not become a part of it. So the object of the redemption that God wrought in His Son was to make man righteous. That was the ultimate objective of the Father. He dared to make His Son a Substitute for the human race. We were bankrupt, sold out to the adversary, hopeless. Ephesians 2:12 describes it, “That ye were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.” Hopeless, Godless, but here. God now lays upon His precious Son the iniquities of us all. He not only pays the penalty of our transgression, but He conquers our enemy and master, Satan, and strips him of his authority ; then makes re-creation a possibility on legal grounds, Now God can give to man eternal life, His own nature. He drives out of man the old nature, the old self ; and He gives him a new self, a new nature.
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