Jeremiah – Revealing Our Righteousness

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Some of the Old Testament is difficult for people to understand, and one of the major reasons is because Jesus Christ is not understood as the true subject of the Word. Without him all that we find is perhaps historical documents, stories and fables, or confusion.

The New Testament contains the spiritual ingredients to the Old Testament’s eternal truths, revealing to the hearts of searching believers the purposes and reasons for why the Old Testament is written in the way it is. The Old Testament was mostly written to enlighten the children of Israel, to give them hope, guidance, and direction until the promised seed should come; however, the New Testament is literally addressed to believers who have accepted and believed in Jesus Christ.

The New Testament is almost completely concealed throughout the Old Testament, while the Old Testament is revealed throughout the New Testament. Both Old and New Testament’s complement each other as they together work hand in hand to bring to light the record of “His-story:”

. . . This is the record (the Bible) from the beginning to eternal bliss, from the beginning and creation of Lucifer to his total destruction in the lake of fire, and from the beginning of man and his struggle with Satan, sin, and death to his ultimate victory in an endless life . . . Taken from the Book “A Refuge from the Storm” (Studies in the Living Will of God, Volume One, by this author) p. 163.

 Jeremiah 23:5-6:
-5:  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
-6:  In these days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

The name of the king shall be called “The Lord Our Righteousness,” who is Jesus Christ, and in him we have our righteousness. In the fall of Adam, mankind lost all legal rights to the righteousness of God. Yet when the fullness of time came, Jesus Christ bought back our righteousness with his life giving us the righteousness of God.

To have God’s righteousness restored again within fills an emptiness and inner thirst deep in the soul of man. Righteousness allows us to feel comfortably at home with our heavenly Creator, dwelling safely with an inner joyful feeling of being in His love and knowing that we are deserving of it and knowing that we can live our lives completely freed from condemnation (Romans 8:1).

Romans 5:18-19:
-18: Therefore as by the offence of one {Adam} judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one {Jesus Christ} the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
-19:  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

In the fall of Adam, man became sinful and prone to judge himself unworthy of anything godly or spiritual, and so condemnation thrived deep in man’s heart and soul. But with the coming of Jesus Christ we currently have the spiritual release of all life-draining condemnation.

We all know the story of Adam and Eve covering themselves with fig leaves but this is much more than a story for it is a divine truth. What they did was try and cover up their transgression by hiding their iniquity (Job 31:33). They had lost their righteousness within with which they were once completely clothed. The fig leaves simply represented that they were trying to live as though they were still clothed in God’s righteousness (this is called “works of the flesh” in the Church Epistles).

Nonetheless Adam and Eve’s futile attempt was completely inadequate, as all works of the flesh are, because today we are saved not by works but by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9).  On account of Adam and Eve’s inner heart-wrenching condemnation, they felt the urge to hide themselves from the voice of God’s loving call.

Today, thankfully and gratefully in Christ we again have complete eternal righteousness given to us by the work and complete accomplishments of Christ on our behalf, and we will never need to hide from our God’s wonderful voice.

We have Christ in us who has eternally clothed us with OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS for he is living in our hearts and we are eternally embraced in God’s loving arms.