Breastplate of Righteousness
on the breastplate of righteousness. Eph. 6:14
Clad in the armor of Christ's
righteousness, the church is to enter upon her final conflict. "Fair as
the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners," she is
to go forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer.
Only the covering which Christ Himself
has provided can make us meet to appear in God's presence. This covering, the
robe of His own righteousness, Christ will put upon every repenting, believing
soul. "I counsel thee," He says, "to buy of Me . . . white raiment,
that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not
appear." . . .
"All our righteousnesses are as
filthy rags." Everything that we of ourselves can do is defiled by sin.
But the Son of God was "manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no
sin." Sin is defined to be "the transgression of the law." But
Christ was obedient to every requirement of the law. . . . When on earth He
said to His disciples, "I have kept My Father's commandments." By His
perfect obedience He has made it possible for every human being to obey God's
commandments. When we submit ourselves to Christ . . . we live His life. This
is what it means to be clothed with the garment of His righteousness. Then, as
the Lord looks upon us, He sees, not the fig-leaf garment, not the nakedness
and deformity of sin, but His own robe of righteousness, which is perfect
obedience to the law of Jehovah.
To every one God has made an offer that
will help to brace every nerve and spiritual muscle for the time of test that
is to come to us all. I am charged with the message, Clothe yourself with the
whole armor of Christ's righteousness. . . . And, having done all you can do on
your part, you have the assurance of victory. To every soul is granted the
gracious opportunity of standing on the Rock of Ages.
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