The Righteousness of Christ: A Most Admirable Comfort (Brooks)

The righteousness that is ours through faith in Christ (Phil. 3:9) is an amazing and wonderful reality of the Christian faith. Throughout his life, Christ perfectly obeyed the law for us, on our behalf. And his obedience included his act of laying down his life for us, in our place. In other words, in his …

Giving Up Self-Righteousness (McCheyne)

On October 25, 1840, Robert Murray McCheyne preached a sermon on Galatians 6:14 (May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. [NIV]). In one part of the sermon McCheyne talked about Paul's "feelings towards the cross …

He Justifies the Ungodly…

  One of my favorite phrases that the apostle Paul wrote is found in Romans 4:5.  The NASB translates it like this: "...Him who justifies the ungodly...."  I like how W. G. T. Shedd commented on this aspect of justification. The justification of the “ungodly” (Rom. 4:5; 5:6) includes both pardon and acceptance. Either alone …

New Evidence of Your Depravity? (Packer)

 Many of us know the words of Paul in Romans 8 quite well, including verses 33-34: "Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is the one who will condemn? Christ is the one who died (and more than that, he was raised), who is at the right hand …

Excluding Our Righteousness (Buchanan)

 When it comes to justification, the terms "the righteousness of God" and "his righteousness" are very important (Rom 3:21-22, 2 Cor 5:21, etc.).  These phrases have to do with the fact that an ungodly sinner is not justified by his own righteousness, but by the righteousness of Another that is given by grace alone and …

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