Psalm 22: 24: For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of 
the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried 
unto him, he heard.

When Christ finished the work of manifesting God’s righteousness in the 
justification of his people, God heard him. Therefore, the Father raised 
Christ and gave him the glory of revealing his righteousness in our 
hearts, the same as God gave him the glory of revealing God’s 
righteousness on the cross. So it is Christ, through the preaching of 
the gospel of God’s righteousness, through the Holy Spirit, that reveals 
God’s righteousness in our hearts. He said, “I will declare thy name 
unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. 
Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify 
him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.” (vv22-24; Heb 2: 11-12). 
God truly has rewarded us double! The same Redeemer who justified us by 
manifesting the righteousness of God on the cross is our Prophet who 
reveals the righteousness of God in our hearts so that we experience 
being made righteous through faith.
Does any wonder why we preach the glorious good news of the 
righteousness of God continually? It is because the righteousness of God 
is the message that Christ, himself, effectually makes his church 
proclaim and the one message by which Christ makes his lost sheep to be 
born of him. It is God’s righteousness that makes those newly born of 
God willing to unite and proclaim this good news with us! How do we know 
this? It is what Christ himself said he would accomplish in his people 
by declaring God’s name through the gospel, “A seed shall serve him; it 
shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and 
shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that 
he hath done this” (Ps 22: 30-31).
Brethren, is not the righteousness of God great comfort to you? Are you 
not thankful that the LORD loveth righteous judgment? This is all our 
salvation! The righteousness of God that required Christ bear our sin is 
the righteousness that made the just Judge forsake our Substitute by 
which Christ justified us on the cross. It is the righteousness that 
demanded we hear the gospel and be given life. It is the righteousness 
we heard preached by which we were born again. It is the righteousness 
by which we are established and no weapon can harm us (Is 54:14-17). And 
it is the righteousness by which God assures us that he shall never 
forsake us but shall preserve us forever—”For the LORD loveth judgment, 
and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved forever.” (Ps 37: 28) 
This is why Christ’s church preaches the righteousness of God. It is who 
our God is and it is all our salvation!
Clay Curtis.

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