His Fulness of Righteousness
“His fulness” of righteousness secures our unceasing justification in the courts of heaven.
As we are taught by the blessed Spirit, and led into the experimental possession of that grace treasured up for us in Christ Jesus, we find Satan’s accusations abounding on almost every hand. He roars; he accuses; he insinuates; he assaults; he will come to you, as he has frequently come to me, saying, “You boast of your being pardoned, but look at yourself now! Where are you? What are you? Do you experience the warm embrace of Him whom you call your Father? You know that at this very moment you have no real desire for His embrace.”
Ah! my dear friends, we are forced to be honest and confess that we are ofttimes so taken up with the things of this world, and so bound by a spirit of accursed indifference, that, for the time being, our desires are concentrated in self.
Satan injects his blasphemous, filthy, and profane insinuations, and then fathers his own hellish progeny upon the child of God.
You see this in Zechariah 3:1-5. Here is an elect one plucked as a brand from the fire of sin and lust. Satan is at his right hand to resist him; but, blessed be God, there is One nearer to him than Satan. It is the ANGEL JEHOVAH, to give him not only the sense of pardon, but the experience of justification.
He says to those who stand before Him, “Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him He says, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.”
God-sent ministers love to be the instruments in His hands in removing doubts, fears, unbelief, and condemnation from the minds of exercised sinners who are dear to Him, while the blessed Spirit takes of the things of Christ, His precious blood and perfect righteousness, and as He shows these to them, the fulness of Jesus’ righteousness is revealed and received.
This all fulness of righteousness I have endeavored to describe to you again and again, but, according to my judgment, I have fallen far short of describing its beauty and glory.
I love to see all fulness of righteousness in Christ for me. I was once a child, a sinful child, but He was a child, a righteous child for me. The sins of my childhood are all taken away by His one offering and precious blood-shedding, while the righteousness of His childhood is made sweetly mine.
I was a youth, a naughty youth–I was about to say a dare-devil of a youth, and I was too–but He was a youth, the Father’s sinless child, who never gave His Father any anxiety or care concerning Him. The eye of His Father was always upon Him, and His eye and heart were always with the Father. As a youth, He perfectly obeyed God’s holy law. He was a righteous youth.
In spirit I sometimes sigh: “Remember not the sins of my youth,” (Psalm 25:7) but, Lord, remember the righteousness of the youthful Jesus at Nazareth for me.
I am a man, and I often feel myself one with Peter when he said, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
Oh! my dear friends, I cannot express to you the burden and oppression my heart experiences ofttimes in ascending these pulpit stairs to speak in the name of One so holy and so pure, while I can see my life unclean, and feel the surging of iniquity and corruption within.
But here is my comfort and my confidence. My Christ was an obedient Man, a righteous Man, a spotless Man, and so He is now in heaven for me. The sins of this man in the pulpit were borne, by the Man who is now in glory, into the land of never-ending forgetfulness, and He has told me, in unmistakable terms and by many infallible proofs, that His righteousness is mine, that He is made unto me RIGHTEOUSNESS, and that I am made “the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
I glory in that fact that all fulness of righteousness dwells in Him for me.
By Thomas Bradbury