May 11, 2021

Day by Day with Martin Luther

Read: 1st Samuel 10:1-11:15 John 6:43-71 Proverbs 15:1-3

“Where is Righteousness?”

“Concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer”
[John 16:10]

In this verse I hear Christ say that my righteousness consists in His going to the Father, by, and in, His ascension into heaven. There, my righteousness has been deposited, and there the devil will surely have to let it remain; for he will not make Christ a sinner ,or reprove, or find fault with His righteousness. If I am a sinner and my life does not pass muster before God, and if I find no righteousness in myself, I have another treasure, which is the righteousness of which I boast and on which I rely. This is Christ’s going to the Father, which He has presented to me as a gift. Here you learn that the righteousness of which Christ is speaking is not our own work or doing, but that it is His going to the Father, or His ascension.

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