Isaiah 54:14

Isaiah 54:14

In righteousness shalt thou be established
In the righteousness of Christ, from whence flows the peace before spoken of, and which is the stability of the church of Christ, and the security of it and its members from condemnation. The doctrine of justification by Christ's righteousness is, as Luther calls it, "articulus stantis vel cadentis ecclesiae", the article of the church, by which, as it is held fast or neglected, it stands or falls: or be established in exercising righteousness, doing justice and judgment, which, as it is the support and establishment of a kingdom and state, so of the church; for if purity of manners, holiness and righteousness, are neglected, a church soon comes to decay and ruin; but such will be the holiness of the professors of religion in the latter day, that every pot and vessel in it shall be holiness to the Lord, ( Zechariah 14:20 ) : thou shalt be far from oppression, for thou shall not fear;
so far from it, that thou shalt not be in the least afraid of it, neither from within nor from without; not from false teachers that oppress the mind with legal doctrine; nor from persecutors that oppress and injure in person and property: the church will be now free from the oppression and tyranny of Rome, or mystical Babylon, which will now fall, and from the persecution of the antichristian states, on whom the vials of God's wrath will be poured, and so the church will be no more in fear of them; the words may be rendered, "therefore thou shalt not fear" F2; there will be no cause for it, no occasion of it: and from terror; it shall not come near thee;
the terror of the antichristian beast and powers, which shall be no more, after their last effort next mentioned.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 (yaryt al) "quare non timebis, [vel] ideo non metues", Vitringa; "quare ne timeas", Forerius.
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