The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleJeremiah 23:6
In his days Judah shall be saved…
In the days of the
Messiah, the righteous Branch, and reigning prosperous King, not only
the people of the Jews, God's elect among them, but all that truly
embrace him, and confess him, as Judah's name signifies, shall be saved
from all their sins; from the law, its curse and condemnation; and from
wrath to come; and from all their spiritual enemies. In the latter part
of his days all Israel shall be saved, (Romans 11:26) ;
and Israel shall dwell safely;
without any fear of enemies, being saved
from them; being in that city, the church, which has salvation for
walls and bulwarks; angels encamping about them; the Lord as a wall of
fire around them; the Spirit lifting up a standard against their
enemies, when they come in like a flood; and the Messiah their rock and
refuge, and strong tower, their strength and righteousness; as follows:
for all the salvation and safety of the Lord's people are owing to the
righteousness of Christ; the effect of which is peace, quietness, and
assurance for ever:
and this [is] his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR
because he is the author of righteousness to his people,
and is only so; no creature could be the author of it; unrighteous man
cannot be the author of righteousness; and the righteousness of an
angel is of no advantage to man; and indeed neither of the other divine
Persons is the Lord our righteousness; for though they are both
Jehovah, the Father and the Spirit, yet not our righteousness: the
Father appointed and sent Christ to work it out; he approved and
accepted of it, when wrought out; and imputes it to his people; but is
not the author of it: so the Spirit convinces of the need of it;
reveals it, and brings it near; works faith to receive it; and applies
it, and pronounces a person justified by it; but is not the author of
it; that the Son of God only is; who is become so by his obedience to
the law, and by bearing the penalty of it; and who, having been
delivered for our offences, rose again for our justification: and this
righteousness, which he has wrought out to the satisfaction of law and
justice, becomes "ours"; it being signed for us, and wrought out for
us, by a free gift of it is given to us; ours through the imputation of
it to us by the Father, and in virtue of our union to Christ, and
interest in him; and through the application of it to us by the Spirit
of God; who puts it upon us, and clothes us with it, and enables us to
lay hold upon it, and claim interest in it; and which may be meant by
Christ being "called our righteousness"; for the meaning is, not that
he should commonly go by this name; but only that he should be that
unto us which it signifies; and that we should by faith, even every
true Israelite, every believer, call him our righteousness; say that we
have righteousness in him make mention of that continually, and express
our desires to be found atone in it; for so the words may be rendered,
"and this is the name whereby he shall call him F7, THE LORD OUR
RIGHTEOUSNESS"; and a sweet name to a sensible sinner it is; to one
that has felt the guilt of sin in his conscience; seen his need of a
righteousness, and the worth of it. That the Messiah is here meant is
acknowledged by the Jews, ancient and modern F8.
F7 (warqy rva wmv hzw) "hoc nomen ejus est quo vocabit eum Israel",
Junius & Tremellius; "quo vocabit eum unusquique", Piscator.
F8 T. Bab. Bava Bathra, fol. 75. 2. Echa Rabbati, fol. 50. 1. R.
Saadiah Gaon in Dan vii. 13. R. Albo, Sepher Ikkarim, l. 2. c. 28.
Abarbinel, Mashmiah Jeshuah. fol. 35. 2. Caphtor fol. 87. 1. Yalkut
Simeoni, par. 2. fol. 75. 2. Kimchi in loc. & in Ezek. xlviii. 35.
& Ben Melech in loc.
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