What does the Gospel teach us about God? What attribute of the Father is made plain by the Gospel of Jesus Christ?
Is it His love? His grace? Perhaps His mercy?
Each of these is manifest in the Gospel.
But when Paul starts his wonderful treatise on the Gospel (also known as the book of Romans) he says:
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; - Romans 1:17 NASB
Not love, not grace, not mercy, but righteousness.
Sometimes I look at God’s great salvation plan, where He wipes away my sin, and think, it’s anything but righteous. You see, righteousness implies a keeping of the law, doing what’s right—doesn’t it?
So if I look at the Gospel’s implications toward me, it seems unrighteous. How can a righteous God turn a blind eye to all my crimes and rebellions.
But is that what God has done? Does He simply sit on His throne with His fingers in His ears while the accuser walks back and forth listing my indiscretions, my transgressions?
This line of thought belies a misunderstanding of the Gospel. God did—does nothing of the sort. God has not turned a blind eye to my lawlessness. Not by a long shot. The wrath of God was stored up for me according to the multitude of my transgressions and the magnitude of my rebellions. The cup of God’s wrath set aside for me was brim full.
And God in His righteousness, handed the cup of wrath set aside for me, to Jesus. Just as Jeremiah saw, God handed Jesus the cup of wrath assigned to me—assigned to you—and said drink all of it and die.
"You shall say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Drink, be drunk, vomit, fall and rise no more because of the sword which I will send among you."' - Jeremiah 25:27 NASB
God’s righteousness required that blood be shed—that the cup be taken.
And He gave it to Jesus.
And Jesus did not turn away the cup of the Lord, though He despised it, though He hated it.
Jesus took the cup from the hand of His Father, for thus He fulfilled all righteousness. He fulfilled the law by taking the judgement—the guilty verdict—for us.
Do you see how God’s righteousness is revealed in the gospel?
And it get’s better. He takes these broken, sin scared vessels and put’s His righteousness in us. Just as Jesus became sin for us, we become the righteousness of God as we dwell in Him, and He in us.
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. - 2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB
We become the revelation of God’s righteousness to those around us, as we walk in the Spirit.
that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. - Romans 8:4 NKJV
I think I’ll say that again.
Arn’t you glad you stopped by?
See you again soon