It is a meritorious righteousness. The redemption of the soul is so precious that it would have ceased forever unless it had been redeemed by this righteousness, for silver and gold, and such corruptible things, could never do it. Lay heaven, and all the glories thereof, in the balance with this righteousness, and they would be all light as a feather compared with it. Heaven is called a purchased inheritance and this righteousness is the price that bought it. There is such merit in it that it expiates sins of the blackest hue and redeems a whole elect world from wrath and ruin. Yes, such is the intrinsic value of it that, had it been so designed, it was sufficient to have redeemed the whole posterity of Adam – yes, ten thousand worlds of angels and men upon a supposition of their existence and fall. O, with what confidence, then, may a poor soul venture its eternal salvation upon this bottom!
From: “The Believer Exalted in Imputed Righteousness,” a sermon on Psalm 89.16, in The Whole Works of the Late Rev. Ebenezer Erskine, Minister of the Gospel at Stirling, Consisting of Sermons and Discourses on the Most Important and Interesting Subjects edited by James Fisher; 3 volumes (Edinburgh: Ogle & Murray, William Oliphant & Co., Oliver & Boyd, 1871), 1.100. Originally published in 1761.
Ebenezer Erskine (1680-1754) was a well-known Scottish minister.