What is righteousness by faith? Is it synonymous with justification by faith? Also, does not the spirit of prophecy teach that righteousness is " right-doing"?
L.E.F. is editor of the Ministry
' and `love is the fulfilling of the law." Righteousness is love, and love is the light and the life of God. The righteousness of God is embodied in Christ. We receive righteousness by receiving Him."—"Prom the Mount of Blessing," p. 34. And from the same chapter in " Christ's Object Lessons," " Without the Wedding Garment," we should read: " By the wedding garment in the parable is represented the pure, spotless character which Christ's true followers will possess. To the church it is given ' that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white," not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.' The fine linen, says the Scripture, ' is the righteousness of saints.' It is the righteousness of Christ, His own unblemished character, that through faith is imparted to all who receive Him as their personal Saviour."—Page 310. Thus one expression gives the authoritative explanation of the other.
Two other definitions will also be helpful. " What is righteousness? It is the satisfaction that Christ gave the divine law in our behalf."— Mrs. B. G. White, in Review and Herald, Aug. 21, 1894. " What is justification by faith? It is the work of God in laying the glory of man in the dust, and doing for man that which it is not in his power to do for himself."—" Testimonies to Ministers," p. 456. Marvelous is the beauty, harmony, and perfection of God's provision.
L. E. F.
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