Friday, August 06, 2021

MacDonald: God's kind of righteousness

Friday, August 6, 2021
    For therein is revealed a righteousness of God from faith unto faith: as it is written, But the righteous shall live by faith.
    —Romans 1:17 (ASV)
    The righteousness which is of God by faith in the source, the prime of that righteousness, is then just the same kind of thing as God’s righteousness, differing only as the created differs from the creating. The righteousness of him who does the will of his father in heaven, is the righteousness of Jesus Christ, is God’s own righteousness. The righteousness which is of God by faith in God, is God’s righteousness. The man who has this righteousness, thinks about things as God thinks about them, loves the things that God loves, cares for nothing that God does not care about... The man with God’s righteousness does not love a thing merely because it is right, but loves the very rightness in it. He not only loves a thought, but he loves the man in his thinking that thought; he loves the thought alive in the man.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “Righteousness”, in Unspoken Sermons, Third Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1889, p. 222-223 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 1:17; 3:21-28; 10:3; 2 Cor. 5:21; Phil. 2:5-8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord Jesus, You alone have demonstrated God’s righteousness for all to see.
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