26 for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus (Romans 3).
One of the greatest lyrics in all hymnody I believe is found in the third line of the first stanza of Rock of Ages, first published in 1775:
Rock of Ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood, from Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure, save from wrath and make me pure.
When writing this, Augustus Toplady had in mind being freed from the guilt and power of sin. We have been cured from the sickness of sin by having it placed on Jesus, and we have been vaccinated from sin so that it can never regain its power of death over us. This is absolutely true, but from Romans 3:26 above I see this blessed double cure a bit differently.
God the Just has condemned all my sins at the cross (save from wrath); God the Justifier has already taken the righteousness of Jesus and imputed (ascribed, assigned, credited) it to me at my salvation (made me pure). Thus, when God looks at me, not only does He see no sin — but He does see the very righteousness of His Son — which is a righteousness even the angels in heaven do not share! So, we will all stand in heaven neither naked nor empty-handed; we will stand there robed in the righteousness of our Redeemer!
Thank You, Lord, for this blessed double cure! Thank You for being both just and the Justifier! Help us This Day to walk by faith, confident our Lord Jesus who gives us this blessed security. Amen.