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What's in a name 5



'This will be his name: "The Lord Is Our Righteousness."' Jeremiah 23:6 NLT

The name Jehovah-Tsidkenu: the Lord our righteousness, was given by God through Jeremiah, announcing the coming of Jesus: 'I will raise up a righteous descendant from King David's line...And this will be his name: "The Lord Is Our Righteousness"' (Jeremiah 23:5-6 NLT).

Basically, righteousness means that we are 'considered good enough because of our conduct.' Before Jesus came, righteousness lay in a person's own efforts. 'We will be counted as righteous when we obey all the commands...God has given us' (Deuteronomy 6:25 NLT). But Jesus changed everything. He became our righteousness. 'God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God' (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV). We should be aiming to live like Christ, but we don't need to try and make ourselves righteous. We'll always fall short, because we're human. But Jesus ensures that: our guilty hearts can draw forgiveness, our anxious hearts can draw peace, and our weary souls can draw strength from Jehovah-Tsidkenu.

We receive salvation by faith alone. And we must draw righteousness, and everything else we need, by faith in what God has accomplished and stored up for our use in Jesus, our righteousness. We need to stop striving to become righteous, or 'good enough', and instead, devote ourselves to Jesus, our righteousness.

So what now? You have been created as a 'human being', not a 'human doing'. It's time to rest in the work of Jesus on the cross, which makes you righteous, or 'good enough'.

Soulfood: Ezek 40:10-49 Ezek 41 Ezek 42:1-20 Matt 24:15-25 Ps 78:17-31 Pro 20:15-19,

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