Righteousness

October 2, 2020

Daniel 9:24–27

24“Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.

25Know therefore and understand that from the going out of the word to restore and build Jerusalem to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled time.

26And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut off and shall have nothing. And the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the end there shall be war. Desolations are decreed.

27And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.”

The fourth event Gabriel predicts is “to bring in everlasting righteousness.” As we have said before, the first three had to do with the negative, the effects and remedy for sin. But with this event we begin to see some things that we might not have expected God to do. These are incredibly positive affirmations of the love God has for us.

The phrase “to bring in” literally means “to cause to happen.” God will cause to happen an age of righteousness that will never end. Of course, we understand this age to begin with the millennial reign of Jesus Christ but is it even more detailed than that? I believe this age of righteousness began on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was sent and we , as believers were sealed and placed into Christ. Here is a verse from the Amplified Bible which shows the fourfold nature of God’s plan of salvation:

1 Corinthians 1:30

But it is from Him that you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God [revealing His plan of salvation], and righteousness [making us acceptable to God], and sanctification [making us holy and setting us apart for God], and redemption [providing our ransom from the penalty for sin]

Wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. God brings all these things into being through his son Jesus Christ.

We live in what could be called a transitory time period in God’s plan. It is called the age of the gentiles or the church age. It is a time period where God has set aside the promises he has made to Israel as a nation to be fulfilled at a time in the future. But now he has turned his attention to the salvation of as many people who will turn to the savior Jesus Christ. He is building his church, made up of both Jews and gentiles, rich and poor, free and slave… people of every nation and this will continue until Christ returns.

We have forgiveness of sins through faith in Jesus, but God has given us something unexpected as well. He has given us the righteousness of Christ, it has been imputed to us, an accounting term meaning “credited to our account.” We are not just forgiven, we are righteous before God.

This is an eternal righteousness and cannot be lost. We are living in an age of righteousness that will continue forever. This is what Gabriel declares, this is what Christ has accomplished… we are NOW the sons of God through faith.


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