THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS
Jeremiah 23:6 “In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell safely; now this is His name by which He will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
Jeremiah inspired by the Holy Spirit gives us insight into the reign of the Lord during the Kingdom Age, and through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit he reveals to us the name by which Jesus will be called during His glorious reign.
THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS is Jesus’ covenant name.
A covenant is a legal document that guarantees the execution of those things which are stipulated within the covenant.
What that means is that the executor of the covenant has to meet all of the requirements of the covenant in order to bring about their fulfillment.
Revelation 19:11 “Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war.”
God is God, and in His dealings with men He can do to men whatever He wants to do, and whenever He wants to do it, good or bad, for after all we are His creation and we are all subject to Him.
But notice the name that precedes the righteousness of Jesus actions, we read that He is also called Faithful and True. Which means that God follows a carefully laid out plan in His dealings with men, a covenant if you will, to which God swears Himself to uphold.
Where is that covenant found?
Revelation 19:13 “He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.”
Keep in mind that a biblical covenant requires the shedding of blood as a seal of its surety.
So we see that THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS is Faithful and True to The Word of God, the covenant, and as a guarantee of His ability to implement all the provisions of the covenant He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood.
How beautiful and how perfect is The Word of God!
Revelation 19:16 “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
He is KING ALMIGHTY GOD, and He is LORD OVER ALL THE CREATION, and still He follows the carefully crafted plan laid out in God’s Word, what He calls His covenant with men.
Since God has such great respect towards the covenant that He instituted with Adam and his seed, should we not, the seed of Adam, have as much respect and a desire to understand the counsel that God Himself follows: the covenant that God made with man as written in His Word?
Human history, in regards as to how good we humans are at keeping God’s covenant, is not a good one.
Hosea 6:7 “Like Adam, they have broken the covenant—they were unfaithful to me there.” NIV
Not only does the human race in general have a history of breaking the covenant—the Word of God—but also those through whom the words of the covenant were supposed to be lived out—Israel and Judah—have a history themselves of forsaking God’s covenant.
Jeremiah 22:8-9 “And many nations will pass by this city; and everyone will say to his neighbor, ‘Why has the Lord done so to this great city?’ Then they will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord their God, and worshipped other gods and served them.’”
If there is one thing that we humans lack is the ability to do the right thing.
Romans 3:10 “As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one.”
So that the executor of the covenant had to be righteous and a descendant of Adam, a human, who Himself would be able to impute of His own righteousness to His human brethren who lacked it, and in accordance with God’s covenant as stipulated in His Word.
Romans 11:27 “For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”
This is why He is called THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS, for our righteousness, or right standing before God, comes from Him and Him alone, our kinsman redeemer.
Hebrews 2:12-13 “Saying: ‘I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.’ And again: ‘I will put My trust in Him.’ And again: ‘Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.’”
Hebrews 8:12 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
Now why am I emphasizing that which should be very clear to all of us who believe? I want us to focus afresh on the covenant, especially as it relates to His soon return.
For there are many voices out there that are trying to persuade true believers that the parts of the covenant that deal with His soon return and the setting up of His Kingdom Age, that they are not relevant anymore.
Let me ask you, which part of the covenant did Jesus leave unfulfilled?
Or is there any of you who believe that the covenant does not apply to the Kingdom Age as in regards to us His saints, ruling and reigning with him during the Kingdom Age?
Revelation 1:6-7 “And has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.”
What part of He is coming with clouds don’t they understand?
Some say that His return is a metaphor and that His church is already here on earth ruling and reigning over the affairs of men.
Then tell me, if you know, where is the One who will be called THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS when His kingdom is set up? Is He here in the earth right now, if He is, then why are we still in our sins?
John 14:2-3 “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
Acts 1:11 “...Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Revelation tells us that every eye will see Him when He returns in the clouds of glory, I have eyes, mine eyes have not seen Him return yet, and neither have yours.
Jesus told us that when He physically returns, He will receive us unto Himself, we are not with Jesus yet, so that He has not returned as of this writing.
Do not be cheated out of your portion of the covenant my friends. Not one jot or tittle of His covenant Word will be omitted or left unfulfilled.
Matthew 5:18 “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law (covenant) till all is fulfilled.”
In one of the epistles it tells us about the inquiries of those who lacked faith, as they asked, where is this coming that we heard so much about?
2 Peter 3:3-4 “Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’”
In the last days they will be scoffing at His promised return which is a sign, according to God’s Word, that we are living in the days of Jesus’ soon return to set up His kingdom.
Jeremiah 23:20 “The anger of the Lord will not turn back until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart (the contents of His covenant). In the latter days you will understand it perfectly.”
I laid out to you the basics of the covenant, and how important it is from God’s perspective, that we understand the rigidity of the covenant.
And since we are living in the latter days where we have the ability to comprehend the entirety and surety of the covenant, by the things which God has already fulfilled, then we should not have any problem understanding perfectly about the soon return of Christ to complete those things that are yet to be resolved.
How do you see God? Does He feel near to you or is He far from you?
Jeremiah 23:23-24 “‘Am I a God near at hand,’ says the Lord, ‘and not a God afar off? Can anyone hide himself in secret places, so I shall not see him?’ Says the Lord; ‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ Says the Lord.”