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THOMAS CHALMERS ON THE IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST

The doctrine of the imputed righteousness of Christ is being challenged today by some Evangelicals. They are far are not only from Scriptural truth but also our Evangelical heritage rooted in that truth.

Here is Thomas Chalmers, from his introduction to Abraham Booth’s The Reign of Grace from its Rise to its Consummation (1768):

“Had we fulfilled the law of God, heaven would have been ours, and it would have been given to us because of our righteousness.  We have broken that law, and yet heaven may be ours, not because of our righteousness, but still because of a righteousness; and the honor of God is deeply involved in the question, What and whose righteousness this is?  It is not the righteousness of man, but the righteousness of Christ reckoned unto man.  The whole distinction between a covenant that is now exploded, and the covenant that is now in force, hinges upon this alternative.  If we make a confidence of the former plea, we shall perish; and if of the latter, we shall have everlasting life.

“The merit of His well-beloved Son is to Him the incense of a sweet-smelling savor, so that the guiltiest creature who takes shelter there, has posted himself on the very avenue, along which there ever rolls the tide of divine complacency.  We should invest ourselves then with this merit, and wrap ourselves firmly in it, as in a covering.  We should put on Christ, who is offered to us without money and without price.  We should present ourselves before God, with His invitation as our alone warrant, and the truth of His promises, which are yea and amen in Christ Jesus, as our alone confidence.  His place in the new covenant is to declare our forgiveness, through the blood of a satisfying atonement.  Our place in the covenant, is to give credit to that declaration.”

Reader: is what is delineated in the second paragraph a reality in your life?

And it was challenged in the 16th century, and the 17th, and the 18th and the 19th and ....

MJ

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