Years and years ago, I had the idea to study the holiness of God … and I couldn’t bring myself to do it. It was just too scary a topic in my mind at that point of my spiritual understanding. I think because I saw the strictness of God and didn’t understand that Christ’s righteousness really was mine.
But … thankfully, we change, we grow, we become mature in our understanding. The Spirit has opened up to my understanding the spiritual riches and blessings that are mine: That in Christ I have attained all that God requires of me to give me His favor. In fact, my best strivings and goodnesses will never ever ever meet what God requires. Christ did it all. … That the focus of my life is not on my spiritual successes and failures, it’s not micro-analyzing myself. It’s digging down into the successes of Christ. The complete, total, comprehensive success of Christ in every single micro-detail.
More and more I come to love the righteousness of God. That He never sins. Not against me in my pains or disappointments, not against innocent children, not against anyone who’s never heard about Him– all the sins we accuse God of because Yes, He is all-powerful. But he never sins. I am freed more and more to love His righteousness, and I see how we really are the sinners. We are the ones bringing pain upon the innocents; we are the ones committing and guilty for all the sins we want to accuse God of being guilty for because He is all-powerful and doesn’t stop them. God’s power in no way makes Him guilty for our sins. His sovereignty does not make Him unrighteous.
In fact, the more I can look on Him truthfully, the more I see how the very shadow of sin never even comes near Him. He is never even tempted to act vengefully or in selfishness. Never. Even. Tempted.
Because He is holy. His every attribute is clear, single. His justice is full of mercy. His love is full of righteousness. His every attribute is simply full of every other good attribute. For example, His justice is love, it is mercy, it is righteous, His justice is full of every other perfect quality of Himself.
At one time, maybe a year ago, as I sat in the mall in Ukraine where I always sit and read my Bible and write, I sensed God asking me to be His friend. But the idea was presented to me in such a way that I understood that I was the one aligning myself to Him in friendship. I was the one who would learn, in friendship, to correctly prioritize His interests. He already has mine all covered. I’m the one that needs to learn friendship in this relationship. He’s already perfect at it.
And so, as God leads me along, His righteousness becomes more and more true, more and more real to me, understandable yet overwhelming. Beautiful. More and more Beautiful.
For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face. Ps.11:7
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Cor 5:21
I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Is. 61:10
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) Eph 5:8-9
It is because of him [God the Father] that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. I Cor 1:30
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