As sin is too great an evil for any but God to deal with, so is righteousness
too high for man to reach; to high for any but God to bring down and place
at our disposal. God has brought down, and brought nigh, the righteousness.
Thus the guilt which we have contracted is met by the righteousness which God
has provided; and the exclusion from the divine fellowship, which the guilt
produced, is more than reversed by the new introduction which the righteousness
places at our disposal.
May I then draw near to God, and not die? May I draw near, and live? May I come
to Him who hateth sin, and yet find that the sin which He hateth is no barrier
to my coming, no reason for my being shut out from His presence as an unclean
thing? May I renew my lost fellowship with Him who made me, and made me for
Himself? May I worship in His holy place, with safety to myself, and without
dishonour to Him?
These are the questions with which God has dealt, and dealt with so as to ensure
a blessed answer to them all; an answer which will satisfy our own troubled
consciences as well as the holy law of God. His answer is final and it is
effectual. He will give no other; nor will He deal with these questions in
any other way than He has done. He has introduced them into His courts of
law, that there they may be finally adjusted; and out of these courts into which
God has taken them who can withdraw them? Or what end would be served by such
a withdrawal on our part? Would it make the settlement more easy, more pleasant,
more sure? It would not. It would augment the uncertainty, and make the perplexity
Yet the tendency of modern thought and modern theology is to refuse the judicial
settlement of these questions, and to withdraw them from the courts into which
God has introduced them.
Horatius Bonar, The Eternal Righteousness