The justice of god – Tzidekat HAElohim – without works
“[Avraham] believed in YHVH, and He counted it to him for righteousness.” Bereshit 15:6
וְהֶֶאֶמִן בַּיהוה וַיַּחְשׁבֶהָ לּוֺ צְדָקָה
|Justice = righteousness||Justice of God = righteousness without works|
“It is a righteousness that comes from God, through faith in Yeshua HaMashiach to all and on all those who believe. For there is no distinction.” Romim 3:22
“To him who doesn’t work, but believes in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness.” Romim 4:5
Justice of God – identifies that this is the kind of Justice that God provides not man!
Because He is Holy He, by no means, acquits the guilty, but in His love He provided the vindication of His Holiness, so that He can continue being Just and Righteous and, at the same time, He can be merciful and gracious with the sinner that declares that He is true and trusts in His eternal work of redemption and not in his (the sinner’s) own works!
“Now, apart from the Law, that is to say, not taking into account man’s abortive attempts in fulfilling His mitzvot: “dead works” (‘Ivrim 9:14), [those “filthy (menstrual) rags, our righteousness” (Yeshaiahu 64:5(6)), that would never permit the entrance into the Presence of The Holy One in the Mishkan or in the Beit haMikdash and, much the less, in His Heaven], the Righteousness of God has been revealed. In a distinct way of the legal justice by which the man tries, in vain, to reach a righteous position before God through personal obedience to the Torah, the divine Righteousness is that position that God bestows to the one that believes in Him, without personal obedience, because He attributes or imputes the obedience of HaMashiach to him.” Geoffrey B. Wilson, “Romanos”, pp 44,12 (Emphases mine).
“For Him Who knew no sin He made to be sin offering on our behalf; so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” Qorintim Bet 5:21
“In His days (of the Tzemach Tzadik raised unto David – HaMashiach) Yehudah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is His Name whereby He shall be called: YHVH Tzidkenu [YHVH our righteousness].” Yirmiahu 23:6,5
“Now, Tzidekat HaElohim has been revealed!”
“And be found in Him (baMashiach), not having a righteousness of my own, that which is of HaTorah, but that which is through faith in Mashiach, the righteousness which is from God, by faith.” Filipim 3:9
“And, if is by grace, then it is no longer of Works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.” Romim 11:6; 6:14; 4:4,5
Understanding, through the Tabernacle – HaMishkan
(The Dwelling-Place of God)
The meaning of:“be found in Him, baMashiach, justified!”
A) The White Curtain: of fine twined linen, all around HaMishkan, preventing the sinner’s entry, typified three things:
1. The Holiness of YHVH – Kodesh YHVH: manifested by the white of the curtain which typified His Righteouness, HaTzedakah, that is, absolute rectitude:
“That YHVH is upright (כִּי־יָשָׁר יהוה).” Tehilim 92:16
the upright position,
without any deviation,
was stretched and sustained
by copper pillars
figuratively, His judgement –
Mishpat, exercised whenever
the righteousness is broken.
2. The Holiness of YHVH, the Righteousness that He demands of any person who wants to come into a right relationship with Him.
“You shall be holy: for I YHVH Eloheichem am holy.” Vaicra 19:1; 20:26; Kefa Álef 1:16
3. The Holiness of YHVH, the Righteousness of HaShem that is imputed to the sinner that puts his trust in Him.
“And he believed in YHVH; and He counted it to him for righteousness… This is His Name whereby He shall be called (leDavid Tzemach Tzadik): YHVH our Righteousness – YHVH Tzidkenu… Yeshua Mashiach, Who of God is made unto us Wisdom: righteousness…” Bereshit 15:6; Yirmiahu 23:5,6; Qorintim Álef 1:30
B) The Gate: the colorful opening in the white curtain, was the only access to the Tzidekat HaElohim avaiable on the altar of burnt-offerings: et-mizbach ha’olah, through the korban.
The Gate – the work of a weaver in colors of blue (He comes from heaven – Mishlê 30:4), purple (He is The King – Yirmiahu 23:5), finely woven linen (He is Holy – Yeshaiahu 53:9) and crimson (He is HaSeh Elohim le’olah that poured His perfect blood – Bereshit 22:8): was the invitation to draw near and the proclamation of the love of God, Ahavat HaElohim, to the sinner.
His love was manifested in His provision of The Way of YHVH the only access to the presence of the Holy God and His Fellowship, offered to those who were left outside by the uninterrupted curtain of fine linen, which kept setting the sinner apart from His blessings.
So, the curtain of fine linen that kept the sinner apart from the Holy One, once he entered through the Gate bringing the korban, with a broken and contrite heart, this same curtain would keep him safe and secure in His presence – bestowing upon him the haTzidekat YHVH!
The righteousness of God, Tzidekat HaElohim, that will damn throughout eternity the sinner that rejects it, saves and keeps safe,graciously, throughout eternity, the sinner who accepts it, being revealed in him Ahavat HaElohim.
This was the continuous and eloquent testimony of the Tabernacle, HaMishkan, the dwelling Place of God, The Place of the Korban – the Righteousness of God, without works, graciously imputed to the one believing in Him, to the one who, hearing His call, came unto Him!
“How much more the blood of the Mashiach, Who, through the Ruach ‘Olam, offered Himself to God as a korban without blemish, will purify our conscience from Works, that lead to death, so that we can serve the living God!” ‘Ivrim 9:14
“For all have sinned and keep coming short of the glory of God.” Romim 3:23
“For there is no one who doesn't sin!” Melachim Álef 8:46
to be continue…