“Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin” Romans 4:8
As we continue to explore the depths of the good news, we encounter another tough yet beautiful Gospel Word….
Imputation – the act of one person adding something good (or bad) to the account of another person
When it comes to a theological portrait of imputation we find there are three kinds
1. The Imputation Of Adams Sin Upon The Human Race
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned.” Romans 5:12
“For as in Adam all die…” 1st Corinthians 15:22
At first glance, this first imputation (Adams sin added to our account) seems to be unjust and without answer. Why would Adams sin be imputed to me when it happened thousands of years ago in a remote part of the world? And granted, if the story ended there, it might just be. BUT it doesn’t end there…
2. The Imputation Of Mans Sin Upon Christ
“But He was pierced because of our transgressions, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on Him, and we are healed by His wounds” Isaiah 53:5
“He will see it out of His anguish, and He will be satisfied with His knowledge. My righteous Servant will justify many, and He will carry their iniquities” Isaiah 53:11
“But we do see Jesus—made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace He might taste death for everyone—crowned with glory and honor because of His suffering in death” Hebrews 2:9
NOTICE: The first imputation was an unwilling one. No man would voluntarily accept Adams sin and it’s consequence). The second imputation was much different. Jesus was totally willing to have our sin imputed (added to) Himself on Calvary. What a Savior!
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11
“No one takes my life from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to take it up again. I have received this command from My Father” John 10:18
3. The Imputation Of Christ Righteousness Upon The Sinner
“But everything that was a gain to me, I have considered to be a loss because of Christ. More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own from the law, but one that is through faith in Christ—the righteousness from God based on faith” Philippians 3:7-9
This imputation, like the second….is voluntary. God forces the righteousness of Christ upon no one. We choose to receive it by embracing the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ.
In short – through imputation – We had the sin of Adam added unto us, Christ had our sin added unto Himself on the cross and God adds the righteousness of Christ to us when we receive Him as Savior.
Soli Deo Gloria! – Pastor Kyle