Pristine Grace

Everlasting Righteousness
by Horatius Bonar
Everlasting Righteousness

    Every time we say "for Thy name's" sake, or for Christ's sake, we are making use of another'sclaim, another's merit, and conceding or accepting the whole doctrine of imputed righteousness.Every man is daily getting, in some way or other, what he personally has no title to. When a songets an inheritance from his father, he gets what does not belong to him, and what could easilyand legally be diverted from him. When one who is not a son gets an estate by will, he gets whathe has no claim to, simply by a legal deed. Human jurisprudence recognizes these transferencesas competent and proper, not fictitious or absurd. Man daily acts on these principles of gettingwhat he has no right to, simply because a fellow-man wills it, and law acknowledges that will.Why then should he speak of fictitious transferences in spiritual blessings, proceeding onprecisely the same principle? why should he deny the law or process of the divine jurisprudence,by which forgiveness of sins is conferred on him according to the will of another, and secured tohim by the claims of another? If earthly law deals thus with him in earthly things, why shouldnot heavenly law deal thus with him in heavenly things?