Right now, if you are in Christ, when God looks at you – regardless of your situation – He sees the righteousness of Christ. If we really believed that – not only with our heads but also with our hearts – it would change everything in our lives.
– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 47
Regardless of how we happen to be doing in the obedience department today, there is great joy and delight to be found in the fact that Jesus has trusted and obeyed in our place, and now his faith and perfect obedience are credited to us every moment of every day. To be in Christ means that whenever the Father looks at us, he sees us wrapped around with the righteousness of his Son and he is delighted.
– Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 208
Though your sins are like a mountain, his righteousness soars above them all and reaches the throne of grace to disarm the wrath of God and merit for you the eternal delight of your heavenly Father. Praise God, we are not under law, but always bathed in the gushing fountain of his amazing grace!
Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 154
Many Christians have never heard of grace that is sufficient to survive brutal failure in our performance and nonetheless enables us to find deep joy and peace in the righteousness of Christ.
Duguid, Barbara; Extravagant Grace: God’s Glory Displayed in our Weakness; P&R Publishing; Philipsburg, NJ; copyright 2013; Page 125
To receive the Light, we must have our darkness exposed; to be clothed in Christ’s righteousness, we must acknowledge our righteousness as filthy rags; to live in Christ, we must die to our former identity. Only the Spirit can raise those who are “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1), so that we can accept the news, both the bad and the good of it.
Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 125
The Doctrine of justification – that in, God’s act of declaring the wicked righteous by imputing our guilt to Christ and Christ’s righteousness to us through faith alone – is only irrelevant or incomprehensible for our society today because God and sin have become irrelevant or incomprehensible for the church.
– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 52
Our salvation rests not only in Christ’s atoning death, but also in his life of perfect, active obedience. If to secure our redemption Christ only needed to make an atonement for us, he could have come down from heaven and gone directly to the cross. But he also had to fulfill all righteousness by submitting to every point to the law of God. By his sinless life he achieved positive merit, which merit is imputed to all who put their faith in him. Christ not only died for us, he lived for us as well.
Sproul, R.C.; Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 1997; p. 68