Only in Christ can we see righteousness, and not in ourselves. Only in Christ can we see our righteousness, for He is our righteousness.
Hebrews exhorted Jewish believers that it is far better to be counted in Jesus' house than in Moses' house. How easy it is for some today to forget that!
The prophets of the Old Testament were greatly distressed that Israel was unrighteous and was to be judged. Though God promised to save a remnant, the prophets never seemed quite satisfied with that. They were bound up in Moses' house, and seeing it preserved from wrath.
There could never be corporate righteousness under the old covenant of the law, because a people could never keep the law. No nation can stand Righteous before God by lawkeeping, and no nation can be saved from judgment for lawlessness by the righteousness of some men in that nation.
But God promised Jeremiah that one day, God would search Israel for sin and would not find any! But this would require a New Covenant, and Israel is still bound in her sin.
God did reveal occasionally to Old Testament saints that He would pardon their sin and not remember it against them.
Though Moses' house is still bound in sin, in Jesus' house, the New Covenant reigns, and God finds no sin in Christ's Church!
Our Lord Jesus purifies His church to flawlessness before God! We are a holy nation in Christ!
Israel was always subject to judgment for unrighteousness under the old covenant, but Jesus' house is completely free of judgment because of His bloodshedding at Calvary!
For His entire holy people, there is no sin to be found, because He purged away our sin by His sacrifice at Calvary! Jesus' House is the best!
John Pittman Hey was born in 1961 in Jackson, Mississippi, to Godly parents who from the beginning raised him in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. With child-like faith he came to Christ on his fourth birthday at his mother's knee. He received his education at church school,...