The problem with The Righteousness of God

The problem with God’s Righteousness in Romans 3:21-26; the problem that threatens God’s righteousness is not, contra Wright, the heretofore unfulfilled promises of God (in Abraham). The problem that threatens God’s righteousness is the fact that God passed over former sins. This problem is why God put forward his Son as a propitiation, to show his righteousness, because he formerly passed over sins. God’s righteousness demands, by its very nature, that God put forward his Son as propitiation if he so desires to pass over sins. If God passes over sins, his righteousness demands that he put forward his Son as a propitiation.

God’s covenant faithfulness may demand that God pass over former sins. But, its not covenant faithfulness that demands the putting forward of his own Son for a propitiation, but his righteousness.

God’s Righteousness is God’s unswerving committment to act and govern things in such a way that he demonstrates the supreme value of his name and worth above all things.

When God imputes his righteousness to us, he imputes a status that is counted as though it has always acted and willed in ways that maximized the glory of God over all things.

When God imputes our sin to Christ, the same is true. God imputes a status to Christ, at which time God accounts Christ as having done what actually had not done.

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