A Short Study of Jeremiah 23:6
“In his 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 Son of God is Yahweh Tsidkenu, “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” (Jeremiah 23:6)
He is the Author, the Worker and the Provider of righteousness. The righteousness which a sinner must have to stand acceptably before God must be equal to divine righteousness. The only righteousness that will qualify is the righteousness of the God-Man. When was this righteousness wrought out? In His sinless life, our Saviour proved His qualifications to establish righteousness in our stead, and when Christ died upon the cross, answering the demands of justice, the inspired prophet said He brought in “everlasting righteousness.” (Daniel 9:24)
Christ has always been and will always be the righteousness of His people.
He was “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” when He stood as our legal Representative in the council of grace and God viewed us in Him. When He came into this world and died on the cross as our Substitute so that God might be just and Justifier.
He remained “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” He died under the curse of the law so that His people would be “made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2nd Corinthians 5:21) Though He bore our sins and suffered the wrath of God in our stead, yet He never became unrighteous in Himself, but remained “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
He can never be less than “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” for He is “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
It is by the grace of the Spirit that self-righteous sinners are awakened to see how detestable our righteousnesses are before a holy God (Isaiah 64:6) and our need of the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Throughout our earthly pilgrimage we look to “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” Who ever lives as our Advocate, “Jesus Christ the Righteous.” (1st John 2:1)
In heaven’s eternal glory, He will be that One in Whose righteousness we stand blameless before the throne of God. “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” (Revelation 19:8)
“The righteousness of saints” is none other than the righteousness of Christ.
In that great eternal day, the bride of Christ shall bear the same name as her Beloved, “THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”