The Everlasting Righteousness
From an author best known for his marvelous and God-exalting hymns comes this remarkable work about justification by faith alone, dealing with the all-important question of “How shall a man be right with God?”
It is ‘believing’ from first to last. We begin, we go on, we end in faith. The faith that justifies is the faith that overcomes. By faith we obtain the ‘good report’ both with God and man. By faith we receive forgiveness; we live and work by faith, and endure, and suffer. And thus by faith we win the crown, – a crown of righteousness, which shall be ours in the day of the appearing of Him who is our righteousness. Horatius Bonar is best remembered for his hymns, but he was also a leading author and his Everlasting Righteousness remains one of the finest and most uplifting treatments of truths which have changed nations and centuries.
A review by Tony Reinke
“Written in 1874 and republished by The Banner of Truth in 1993, The Everlasting Righteousness stands (in my opinion) as the greatest book on the importance of the Cross and our imputed righteousness. It is clear, concise, devotional and beautifully written. If you are looking for a readable book that exalts the Cross-centered life, relishes in the righteousness found only in the substitution of the Lamb, and magnifies the worth and beauty of Christ, turn to a talented hymn writer. Horatius Bonar has given us a clear book of great value on the central doctrine of the church. His poetic style will warm the heart after multiple readings and his clarity will equip the preacher with a lifetime of precious quotes.”
Introduction: How Shall a Man Be Made Just with God?
- God’s Answer to Man’s Question
- God’s Recognition of Substitution
- The Completeness of the Substitution
- The Declaration of the Completeness
- Righteousness for the Unrighteous
- The Righteousness of God Reckoned to Us
- Not Faith, but Christ
- What the Resurrection of the Substitute Has Done
- The Pardon and the Peace Made Sure
- The Holy Life of the Justified
About the Author
Dr. Horatius Bonar (1808-89) is perhaps best-known today for his hymns, such as ‘I heard the voice of Jesus say’, ‘Thy way, not mine, O Lord’, and the communion hymn ‘Here, O my Lord, I see Thee face to face’. An older brother of Andrew A. Bonar, he was educated at Edinburgh High School and the University, where he was much influenced by Thomas Chalmers.
After mission work in Leith, he was ordained as parish minister in Kelso in 1837, where he remained (after the 1843 Disruption and the formation of the Free Church) until 1867, when he was called to Chalmers Memorial Free Church in Edinburgh. He received a DD from the University of Aberdeen in 1853, and was Moderator of the Free Church Assembly in 1883. Influenced by Edward Irving, Bonar’s pre-millennial convictions regarding the Lord’s return were a feature of much of his ministry. He also wrote several excellent biographies, including the well-known John Milne of Perth.