Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Imputation in the OT

Jeremiah 23:5-6 "Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: 'The LORD is our righteousness.'

The Lord is our righteousness- a promise of imputation apart from the law as clear as a bell from even before the Babylonian exile. A promise that the savior would be known as the one who is righteous, and gets His righteousness from God- from being God.  A promise that God would credit His righteousness to us and make us both saved and secured. I wonder if this went through the minds of the Jews who read the epistle to the Romans.

Romans 5:9,17 -Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God... For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ. 

1 comment:

THEOparadox said...

One of the things I like most about Augustine is his knack for finding "verses that belong together." This type of harmonizing can be incredibly enlightening.

I'll never forget how excited I was when I realized Paul had to be thinking of the latter chapters of Isaiah as he wrote the book of Ephesians. The parallels are uncanny. I believe pointing out these kinds of cross-Testamental themes is one of the greatest services an exegete can perform for his fellow believers. So thank you.