“How may I, a sinner, draw near to Him in whom there is no sin, and look upon His face in peace?”
It is with this question that Horatius Bonar begins his book The Everlasting Righteousness. The book was first published in 1874 and continues to be a valuable doctrinal and devotional articulation of the reformed doctrine of justification by faith alone.
The emphasis throughout the book rests upon the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Bonar conveys to his readers that this righteousness is complete, supreme, unfailing, wrath satisfying, and imputed (credited) to believers.
One of the most riveting sections of the book is his chapter entitled “Not Faith, but Christ”. In this chapter Bonar distinguishes between the saving work of Christ and faith, which is the instrument of receiving this salvation and not salvation itself.
“Faith is not our Saviour. It was not faith that was born in Bethlehem and died on Golgotha for us. It was not faith that loved us, and gave itself for us; that bore our sins in its own body on the tree; that died and rose again for our sins. Faith is one thing, the Saviour another. Faith is one thing and the cross another. Let us not confound them, nor ascribe to a poor, imperfect act of man, that which belongs exclusively to the Son of the living God.”
Then he describes faith…
“And as faith goes on, so it continues; always the beggar’s outstretched hand, never the rich man’s gold always the cable, never the anchor; the knocker, not the door, or the palace, or the table; the handmaid, not the mistress; the lattice which lets in the light, not the sun….Without worthiness in itself, it knits us to the infinite worthiness of Him whom the Father delights; and so knitting us, presents us perfect in the perfection of another.”
Aside from the cultural gap that a couple of hundred years brings, this book is not a difficult read and is a great heart stirring vista at that glory of Christ.
Publisher: Banner of Truth
Page Count: 240