Monday, November 22, 2010
David Sandeman: "I am head-to-foot righteousness"
In yesterday's message we reflected on 2 Peter 3:13: "Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells."
What is meant here by "righteousness"? It could refer (1) to God the Father; (2) to Christ; or (3) to the saints (those made righteous or justified by faith, Rom 5:1).
David Sandeman (1826-1858) was a Scottish missionary to China who became sick with cholera and died at the age of 32 years. As he lay dying, a friend asked how he was doing. He answered, "I am head-to-foot righteousness" (as cited in Iain Murray, The Old Evangelicalism, p. 73).