“And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.”—Isaiah 11:5

Mark these expressions, my soul, concerning thy covenant God in Christ. The Lord condescends by them to represent both his righteousness and faithfulness, as they are engaged to make good the purposes of redemption, in the Father and the Son. Jehovah’s righteousness, and Jehovah’s faithfulness, are blessed securities for this purpose; for so saith the Holy Ghost. “God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.” Wherefore? Because “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness. to every one that believeth.” And do not overlook the striking figure of the girdle, which is chosen to represent it by; for as a man binds on the girdle round his loins, as a strengthener; so Jehovah takes to himself the righteousness of his dear Son. “Let him take hold,” saith Jehovah, “of my strength, to make peace with me, and he shall make peace with me,” Isaiah xxvii. 5. This is the girdle of Jehovah, which compasseth him about, and cleaveth to him all around; so that his people, whether they are behind or before, may lay hold of the girdle of his perfections, and hang upon them, and depend upon them, and even when God’s providences seem to frown, or the Lord seemeth to have turned his back upon them. Oh for grace and faith both in Jehovah’s covenant faithfulness, and Christ’s righteousness, thus to trust, and thus to stay; for he is faithful that hath promised.


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