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The Lord Our Righteousness.

The Lord Our Righteousness.

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BY REV. WILLIAM HOWELS,


Jer. xxiii. 6.

This is his name whereby he shall be called, The
Lord our Righteousness.
BY REV. WILLIAM HOWELS,


Jer. xxiii. 6.

This is his name whereby he shall be called, The
Lord our Righteousness.

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THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSESS.BY REV. WILLIAM HOWELS,Jer. xxiii. 6. This is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord our Righteousness. The prophet dwells in this chapter in the most animated strain on the person, work, and triumph of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the blessings ema- nating from him to his church. The text is so eminently and so evidently applicable to our Lord, that it is impossible to mistake the sense. " Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute  judgment and justice in the earth." Execute  judgment and justice ! Who is he that is to execute judgment and justice ? let the same prophet tell us: "Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not vol. II. x 30(3 SERMO XVII. the rich man glory in his riches : but let him that glorieth, glory in this, that he under- standeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord, which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth : for in these things I delight, saith the Lord." (Jer. ix. 23, 24.) " A King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute  judgment and justice in the earth."
 
In the execution of his judgment and justice, his church will be eventually and eternally saved. Her salvation will be identified with the destruction of all her enemies, and God will be eternally glorified in both. " 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 pro- phet here refers to the restoration of the Jews to the favour of the living God under the influence of the Spirit of Jesus, and the text is applicable also to every individual who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is applicable to those Jews and Gentiles who will be united in one church to serve him in the beauty of holiness, when he shall reign triumphantly ; when the knowledge of his truth shall be universally diffused, and the Sun of Righteousness shall shine from east to west, from India to the Pole. " This is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord our Righ- teousness." THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSESS. 307 I. His person is the first thing that engages our attention. Jehovah being the incommunicable name of God, Jesus Christ was either God over all blessed for ever, or he was a deceiver. He must be one or the other. Do not suppose that I am speaking any thing disrespectful of my God. Scru- tinize this truth, and you will find that I am correct. There is no alternative between exalt- ing him infinitely above all finite being, and degrading him below the lowest inhabitant of hell.
 
But what does the name Jehovah imply ? First, it implies independent essence. Every thing that Deity can possess. We have only to think with accuracy, and we shall arrive at this safe conclusion, that independent essence must possess infinite and eternal perfection. This ineffably glorious name necessarily excludes time, space, limit, and imperfection. In love and condescension to our weakness, the name is para- phrased in Scripture by the Holy Spirit ; thus he speaks in the 139th Psalm : "Whither shall I go from thy spirit ? or whither shall I flee from thy presence ? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there ; .if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me." This proves in x 2 308 SERMO XVII. the clearest manner, both omniscience, and omni- presence. Hear again, " I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty ;" and again, connected with the worship that is due to him, " The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ." " The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power : for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." (Rev. i. 8; xi. 15; iv. 10, 11.)

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