Lord God of Israel, You are righteous, for we survive as a remnant today. Here we are before You with our guilt, though no one can stand in Your presence because of this. – Ezra 9:15
The attributes of God magnify His transcendent superiority over every need in our lives. For example:
– His omniscience magnifies His understanding of what we truly need.
– His omnipotence magnifies His ability to meet all our needs.
– His omnipresence magnifies His support in any life event that might create a need.
Yet, when it comes to our greatest need … redemption … no other attribute magnifies God’s transcendent grace like His righteousness. Like the exiled Jews of Ezra’s day, we are “before God with our guilt;” however, we survive as a remnant of His saving grace by the means of Christ’s sacrifice. We, the redeemed, stand in God’s presence “clothed” in the righteousness of our Savior.
In meeting the greatest need of all mankind, it is God’s righteousness that magnifies His amazing grace.
This is the mystery of the riches of divine grace for sinners, for by a wonderful exchange our sins are now not ours but Christ’s, and Christ’s righteousness is not Christ’s, but ours. – Martin Luther