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254 > Page 254 of Autobiography / of Frank G. Allen ; and selections from his writings ; edited by Robert Graham.

NEW TESTAMENT VIEWS OF CHRIST. XII.-CHRIST OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. "But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who was made unto us wisdom froni God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption: that, acccrding as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lor I" (I. Cor. i. 30, 31). In this language Paul affirms that Christ is our righteousness. This is a momentous thought. It goes to the heart of the scheme of redemption. How is Christ our righteousness What does Paul mean by the affirmation The very life of Christianity is in- volved in the answer. By one's answer we know just where to place him in regard to the vital principles of Christianity. That one must be righteous in order to be prepared for heaven, must be conceded by those who accept the Bible as authority. " Know ye not that the unright- eous shall not inherit the kingdom of God." And this must be a positive, not simply a relative, righteousness. Men may be comparatively righteous, and yet be wholly unprepared for the presence of God. The righteous- ness required in order to a home in heaven is absolute. All unrighteousness is sin, and one, must be perfectly free from sin to be accepted in the Beloved. No sin can enter heaven. One can not stand in the presence of God, accepted through the righteousness of Christ, with the least taint of sin upon his soul. Hence per- 254