Saturday, October 13, 2007


Christ did all that was needful to be done to make us perfect, and present us holy.

For what can be more required to the justification of a sinner before God than to be free from all sin?

Is not he that is no sinner a righteous person?

Must not he that is free from all sin, of necessity, appear just to Him that knows he is so as God does?

It is all one to be free from sin and to be perfectly righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 John 1:7). There is no medium betwixt them: "By his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many: for he shall bear their iniquities" (Isaiah 53:11). His bearing their iniquity was that which did justify them; and by His knowledge He knew whose sins He bore, viz. whom He justified.

Samuel Richardson, 1647

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