Morning, January 31, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“The Lord our Righteousness.” — Jeremiah 23:6
It will always give a Christian the greatest calm, quiet, ease, and peace, to think of the perfect righteousness of Christ. How often are the believers in God downcast and sad! I do not think they ought to be and I do not think they would be if they could always see their perfection in Christ. There are some who are always talking about corruption, and the depravity of the heart, and the innate evil of the soul. This is quite true, but why not go a little further, and remember that we are “perfect in Christ Jesus.” It is no wonder that those who are dwelling upon their own corruption should wear such downcast looks; but surely if we call to mind that “Christ is made righteousness to us,” we shall be of good cheer. Though distresses afflict me, though Satan assaults me, though there may be many things to be experienced before I get to heaven, those are done for me in the covenant of divine grace; there is nothing lacking in my Lord; Christ has done it all. On the cross he said, “It is finished!” and if it is finished, then am I complete in him, and can rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory, “not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith.” You will not find on this side heaven a holier people than those who receive into their hearts the doctrine of Christ’s righteousness. When the believer says, “I live on Christ alone; I rest on him solely for salvation; and I believe that, however unworthy, I am still saved in Jesus,” then there rises up as a motive of gratitude this thought–“Shall I not live for Christ? Shall I not love him and serve him, seeing that I am saved by his merits?” “The love of Christ controls us … that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.” If we are saved by being counted righteous, we shall greatly value receiving righteousness.