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The gospel of salvation through faith in Christ alone, is two amazing things happening at the very moment the sinner believes and calls on the name of the Lord.

  1. God promises HE WILL NOT IMPUTE SIN against us.
  2. God promises to IMPUTE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST to us.

These are the two main pillars of the gospel.

Let’s look at the first. God promises not to impute sin against the sinner. When the sinner believes this promise through faith in Christ, then the sinner has been justified.

When a man has been justified in a court of law, it is IMPOSSIBLE TO EVER JUDGE THAT MAN FOR THAT CRIME AGAIN. I am not endorsing “once saved always saved” here. So please do not misunderstand what I am saying. What I am saying is that so long as the sinner is under grace he is protected by this promise. God promises to NOT KEEP A RECORD OF SINS AGAINST HIM.

For the sinner saved by the grace of God there is only ONE trial he must face, which is also known as a “judgment.” That trial happened in 31 A.D. under Pontius Pilate. By accepting the atoning sacrifice of Jesus on his behalf, God and all heaven investigates the charges laid against the sinner, and find them to have all been paid in full. There is no warrant, nor charge laid against the sinner which has not been answered and vindicated by the death of the Son of God. No further investigation is necessary, since this sacrifice canceled sin leaving no trace of it to stand in judgment to condemn the sinner.

Strong’s Greek & Hebrew Dictionary for the word “IMPUTE”

“Greek Strong’s Number: 3049

English Words used in KJV:

think 9
impute 8
reckon 6
count 5
account 4
suppose 2
reason 1
number 1

middle from <G3056> (logos); to take an inventory, i.e. estimate (literal or figurative) :- conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).”

 

Once the promise of not “imputing sin” is accepted by the sinner, God begins to keep His promise, by ceasing to “take an inventory” of his sins. That truly is good news!

God who cannot lie has promised to FORGET the sinner’s sinfulness and life’s record of guilt. That promise is connected to the New Covenant itself. God who is all knowing promises to forget something. God cannot lie, and therefore has truly forgotten the sins.

Hebrews 8:12
For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

This is the covenant! Once you accept it God who has promised, remembers your sins no more. There is no record to stand in judgment against you before God. Oh my brother and my sister, will you accept the New Covenant of Mercy promised by God today? Cease from your own works and enter into His.

The second part of the promise to NOT IMPUTE SINS is that He promises to never mention the sins ever again. If such a record did exist in Heaven after forgiveness was received, then simply opening that record book would break this promise to never mention them again.

A Scene Adapted From Alcoholics Anonymous.

“Hello everyone, my name is David Curtis, and I am a sinner!”

Guess what? We are wretched sinners! However I have accepted the good news, and I simply believe it. According to your faith so be it unto you! You must believe brothers and sisters. Because of Christ we have been pronounced NOT GUILTY. Our cases have already been tried, and “IT IS FINISHED,” Christ said it with a “loud cry!” That is the “loud cry” we believe needs to go to the entire world with great power today. We have been justified by the blood of Christ.

God promises that he has no memory of our sins, that he will never mention them again, and that we are truly forgiven. Our sins are as far as the East is from the West. They have vanished like a black cloud, when the sun appears. There is nothing left of our sins as far as God is concerned, as though like a mountain they had been cast into the depth of the sea. God promises not to impute sin against us, which means he is not keeping record of all our wrongs, like a nagging wife would do. We have assurance from scripture that there is not a single sin recorded in heaven against us, once we have received God’s Covenant of Mercy!

I have Good News for you, “judicially” we are no longer under the law, which means that legally the law has no power to condemn anyone who is in Christ Jesus. The law can rant and it can rave, it can accuse and it can condemn … but only from afar, because we have the Good News that “judicially” we are not under the law we are under grace.

We need not fear facing the judgment based on OUR acts and our words. Only the unsaved need fear that judgment. We are clothed with the righteousness of Christ. WORTHY IS THE LAMB THAT WAS SLAIN! HALLELUIAH and HALLELUIAH! His garment is sufficient to meet all the laws demands for righteousness. ONLY HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS WORKS. I meant to say it just that way. OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS DOES NOT WORK. Even if I produced PERFECT OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW, the Bile says that righteousness would be FILTHY RAGS. I do not want to present myself in a judgment in such a garb as that. I want Christ’s righteousness covering me.

  • Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 3:28
  • Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16
  • But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. Galatians 3:11
  • For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
  • “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.” John 5:24 RSV

HIS ROBE OR MINE?

The Bible teaches that the repentant sinner is protected by the robe of Christ’s righteousness. He is sheltered completely in the sight of God by the righteous life of Jesus Christ. The shame of his sinful life is completely covered by this garment. The Law cannot penetrate this robe neither can it reveal the shame of his sins. The robe signifies forgiveness, adoption into God’s family, and a total acceptance by heaven.

Ecclesiastes 7:20
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

None? Accept for Christ! The Bible truth is that Christ’s robe of righteousness, covers the shame of our sinful characters, from the condemnation of God’s holy law, so that in Christ we are accepted by God. Were God to actually judge the works of the saints, their most righteous deeds would be condemned as “filthy rags.” The Bible already makes this verdict. Such an investigative judgment would be futile, since not one deed could truly be called “righteous.”

Isaiah 64:6
All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;

The only deeds with any merit in the sight of God were done by Jesus Christ. Cavalry justifies us of all charges. Christ has never sinned. So long as we are IN CHRIST we are viewed as though we too have never sinned.

Justification means that Christ has legally proven that the sinner is innocent of all charges. Justification is a pronounced verdict of innocent. There are no legal grounds that can be levied against innocent people to call them back into judgment. As soon as a person is justified Christ himself by His own blood proclaims that no sin is imputed against him. Angels know it is impossible for God to lie, and have complete faith in God’s verdict that the redeemed are innocent of all charges. No judgment against the saints is necessary to prove these things to them.

“The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are His.” 2 Timothy 2:19

“Jesus did not commit Himself unto them, because He knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of man; for He knew what was in man.” John 2:24

Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray Him.” John 6:64

Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world.” Acts 15:18

“Can any hide himself in secret, that I shall not see him? Saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? Saith the Lord.” Jer. 23:24

“The word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature that is not manifest in His sight; but all things are naked and laid open to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Heb. 4:12,13

“O Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising. Thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou searchest out my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but lo, O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether.” Ps. 139:1-4.

Saved by Being a Morally Right Person?

Jesus taught:

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. Matthew 12:37

Does this mean that “Our acts, our words” or our good “characters” can “justify” or save us. Do we obtain forgiveness of our sins only by living in perfect obedience? That sounds more like an earned salvation rather than a gift, and If so what need have we of grace? Is the burden of our salvation dependant upon us living flawless lives and performing good works and practicing faultless speech? Does our good works make us eligible to have our sins blotted out so that we “will be accounted worthy of eternal life,” Do our own works make us worthy of Heaven? If so we must realize that we are all doomed. The truth is that it is impossible for us to keep either God’s law or the tongue. Romans 8:7; James 3:8.

The good news is that we can lay the burdens of our imperfect, sinful, insufficient lives at the foot of the cross and confidently place our faith in God’s love to accept us through Christ’s merits – not withstanding our failings and short comings! Yes the hymns are true, which sing “Jesus paid it all” and “nothing but the blood of Jesus?” We are justified by faith, not by works or right doing. Ask the Apostle Paul, ‘Is salvation truly “not of yourselves,” “not of works?” Is it truly the “gift of God?”’ Ephesians 2:8-9. If so then neither good deeds nor preaching ten thousand sermons are able to “bear their testimony to justify” us. Why? Because the only thing that can truly justify the sinner is the blood of Jesus Christ.

What are the Words that Justify Us?

Confession of faith in Jesus Christ

Romans 10:9
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Confession of sins

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  • chifwilimbwiti

    You really have a point in this evangelical theology. Saving people in there own sins. No regeneration of heart, no transformation, no mention of Christ in christians who works in them and make it possible that I a sinner will be able to keep his commandments by His grace. For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. In your justification there is no judgement because it is once saved always saved, Christ grace is so abundance that our sins can not stop Him. Iam afraid that following this theology I can dangerously fall into presumptuous sin. I wish you were honest if you are a true watchman you could declare to the people the power that Christ has to make you and me into what he wants us to become : Ezekiel 36 vs 25-27, 2 corinthins 5:17, Hebrews 10vs 19-22, 1 Peter1 vs14-15.

  • Note: chifwilimbwiti is a Seventh-day Adventist. The Seventh-day Adventists have a different gospel than the Evangelical / Mainstream Christians do.

    A case went to court where an African American was convicted of first degree murder, and had spent the better part of a decade on death row. To a Caucasian person many Asians and African American’s “all look alike.” In a police lineup where the witness and the suspect are of different ethnic backgrounds, case studies indicate that the witness may have difficulty choosing the correct person. Such was the case with this man who had been wrongly convicted. Years after he entered prison, during a special appeal, the eye witness was asked once again to look at a photographic line up. She selected number 4 in the lineup. She was asked how certain she was about her choice. She was a credible, reliable person, who in the utmost integrity and undeniable honesty answered very firmly that number four was the person she saw commit the crime. The man in prison wasn’t included in this secondary photographic lineup at all! She picked the wrong man second time around!

    Next she was shown photographs of two people.

    Before I share the results, allow me to give a little more background. The convicted man was wearing a sports jacket similar to the actual person who committed the crime, and during the lineup no one besides him wore a sports jacket when the witness identified him. The investigators switched the faces on the two photographs using Photoshop so that another man’s face appeared to be the man wearing the sports jacket. The witness once again completely convinced, identified that the man in the sports jacket was the person she saw. The man who was convicted years before was Photoshoped into the other image. When asked about his image she testified that there was no possible way it could be him. Twice she identified the wrong person, and once she completely contradicted her own earlier identification, all the while she was being completely honest about her testimony. Fortunately through diligent effort, evidence surfaced during the appeal which concretely identified the person who really did the crime, and the innocent man was released and set free.

    It is just as easy to wrongly profile the various shades of Christianity as it is those of other races. There are conservative views amongst Christianity and there are more liberal interpretations. I find that the truth usually lies somewhere in the middle.

    I have no doubt that you are a person of integrity and consider yourself both sincere and honest in your perceptions, so please try to be objective to my response to your comments.

    YOUR PERCEPTION IS: that I teach that we are SAVED IN OUR SINS, and that I believe in ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED, and that I HOLD NO REGARD TO OBEDIENCE TO GOD.

    I maintain that we have a clear case of mistaken identity! While it is true that there are some factions within Christianity that go to the extremes you here described, they do not match what I have presented on my website.

    In another article I clearly stated, “I AM NOT TEACHING ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED!”

    On my website I offer a document equivalent to sixty-seven 8.5×11 typed pages listing every commandment in the New Testament. My position is that WE ARE TO OBEY ALL THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST AND THOSE GIVEN BY HIS APOSTLES that is not clearly identified as repealed at the cross. For example Christ commanded the leper to perform an animal sacrifice at the temple before the priest. Elsewhere we are told that this is no longer necessary. The reason being that although that command was binding before the cross, those laws were repealed when God’s people passed from being under the Old Covenant to being under the New Covenant. It is my position that we are no longer obligated to obey any of the Old Covenant at Mt Sinai. However it is also my position that Christians are obligated to obey every commandment given by Christ and the Apostles in the New Testament.

    Therefore I need to respectfully express, that the main points in your comments do not apply to what I have presented on this website. It is my opinion, that this is a case of mistaken identity. You may have inadvertently jumped from point A to your conclusion based on the information you have gathered in your life about those with extreme left views within Christianity. You may have seen that I teach ASSURANCE OF SALVATION and concluded that this automatically means, there is nothing to obey, and that a person cannot lose their salvation with in my understanding. None of which represents my views on these matters, and all of which contradict things I have plainly stated elsewhere on this website.

    The human body is more than flesh and bones. It is comprised of the circulation system, the nervous system, and the various organs. In the same way, Christianity is more than just forgiveness, and justification from sin. This website discusses much more than that. If you only take time to look at one view point, let’s say this article on justification, you will miss the points I discussed elsewhere.

    I would offer a detailed scriptural response to your comments, if they accurately portrayed my views, however they do not.

    Charles Spurgeon, the great preacher of GRACE ALONE, in his book ALL OF GRACE has an entire chapter dedicated to the REGENERATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. To say that those who believe in grace alone do not believe in a transformed heart, or regeneration is untrue. It misrepresents my views, and therefore I respectfully deny those allegations.

    What concerns me about your comments is your portrayal of salvation. You write as though your own personal good works weigh themselves into whether or not you are saved from your sins.
    Good works are the fruit of salvation, not the means whereby we either obtain or retain it. Good works justify our faith before men. They do not JUDICIALLY justify us before the judgment. Salvation is not of ourselves; it is not provided based on our own good works, “lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9. The pillar of the reformation is that we are justified by faith, not by good works. All the false religions of the world, and all the false movements within Christianity teach the opposite, that our own good works somehow and in some way improve our standing before God.

    The only righteousness that makes us worthy of Heaven was performed by Christ. The only way to achieve this perfect standard of righteousness before God is by faith in Christ alone. The New Testament is explicitly clear that no one will ever achieve this level of righteousness through their own effort to obey the law. Our highest and most noble aspirations to do good are tainted with our sinful natures, and by impure motives. The good works we perform are nothing more than filthy rags. That is why we need the imputed righteousness of Jesus to clothe our nakedness. This clothing Christ provides is a gift, that cannot be recompensed by good behavior. The gift of God cannot be paid mostly by Christ and in part by our own good works.

    God has provided us a means of salvation, not because we deserve it, neither because one day we will aspire to be worthy of it. We are saved by grace through faith, not of our selves, not of works, lest any man should boast. The burden of our salvation from start to finish is carried not in part but in whole by Christ. We achieve this salvation by faith alone.

    Below are the 12 points of legalism as outlined by Reformation Theology. I did not create this list. Its principals date back to the reformation itself. I might point out that everything I have presented on this website is in perfect harmony with this list and passes with flying colors. LEGALISM COULD BE DEFINED AS ANY ATTEMPT TO RELY ON SELF-EFFORT TO EITHER ATTAIN OR MAINTAIN OUR JUSTIFICATION BEFORE GOD.

    1. USING THE MOSAIC COVENANT AS THOUGH IT IS THE COVENANT BETWEEN YOU AND GOD.

    2. Attempting to be justified by one’s own works.

    3. ATTEMPTING TO BE SANCTIFIED BY ONE’S OWN WORKS

    4. SUGGESTING THAT OUR WORTH OR WORTHLESSNESS, OUR SELF-ESTEEM AND SELF-SATISFACTION OR LACK THEREOF, REST ON OUR OWN WORKS.

    5. ANY ATTEMPT TO PLEASE GOD JUDICIALLY, OR ANY SUPPOSITION THAT OUR SIN AS BELIEVERS HAS RESULTED IN HIS JUDICIAL DISPLEASURE. ANY POST-SALVATION ATTEMPT TO MAINTAIN OUR JUDICIAL STANDING BEFORE GOD THROUGH GOOD WORKS..

    6. TEACHING THAT WE CONFORM OURSELVES TO OUR JUDICIAL STANDING IN CHRIST (RIGHTEOUS AND PERFECT) BY OUR OWN WORKS.

    7. ATTEMPTING TO ATTAIN GODLINESS BY A SYSTEMATIC CHANGE OF BEHAVIOR

    8. Obedience that does not spring from a renewed heart

    9. ANY SUPPOSITION THAT EXTERNALLY RIGHTEOUS ACTS HAVE ANY VALUE ON THEIR OWN.

    10 . Suggesting that faith is irrelevant in the accomplishment of some (or all) good works.

    11. TRYING TO BE JUSTIFIED/SANCTIFIED BY WORKS THAT ARE (EMPOWERED) CREATED AND INSPIRED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.

    12. ATTEMPTING TO GAIN ASSURANCE OF SALVATION SOLELY OR PRIMARILY ON THE BASIS OF THE SIGN OF OUTWARD WORKS

    If you disagree with any part of this list, chances are your views would be defined by the Fathers of the Reformation as Legalism Here is the thing about legalism, “A legalist is always the last one to know that he is one.”

    No one ever stands up and says, “Guess what everyone? I am a legalist and proud of it!” Those who hold any level of legalism always deny it, especially to themselves. They are the first to condemn others, and the first to justify themselves. After all, in some measure or another they feel they must do something to justify themselves before God, and that is the first step towards the former.

    If I have not made these points clear, allow me to repeat them.
    1. I DO NOT BELIEVE IN ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED.
    2. I BELIEVE IN OBEYING EVERY COMMANDMENT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT that was not explicitly defined as repealed by the cross.

    I believe in REPENTANCE, OBEDIENCE, and FOLLOWING JESUS CHRIST!

    However along with Paul I believe that we are justified by faith alone, and not by the works of the law.

    Imagine you need a bridge to cross between being damned and being saved. Some imagine this bridge is constructed by their obedience to the law, or further imagine that this bridge will somehow fail them if they do not perfectly obey the law. Whereas others believe this bridge is constructed by the work of Jesus Christ without any help on our part, and is provided as a gift of God and can only be crossed by faith that the work of Christ is sufficient to hold the bridge together. We obey God and walk across this bridge as an evidence of our faith in the perfect obedience of Jesus Christ.

    We follow Christ out of love for him. We are move to do no wrong to our neighbor out of love for them. This love is a gift from God provided by the Holy Spirit. We love because we are saved, not in order to be saved.

    It’s a thin line between obedience and legalism, once you cross over it is difficult to see the line and cross back.

    Friend, I rest completely in Christ for my salvation. The Bible says, if I do this I will not be ashamed. I trust Him to have provided a perfect atonement for my sins. I have been saved from my sins JUDICIALLY. Justification by faith, means I have been pronounced innocent of all charges.

    What God asks of me in return is that I love Him with all my heart, and to love others the way He loved me. You will know His true disciples by this love towards one another. Against such love there is no law. Galatians 5:23. Love is the measuring stick! Not the law! The law is used to condemn during the judgment of the wicked. Love is the evidence we have been saved from it, and that for such there is therefore now no more condemnation. Romans 8:1. Perfect love casts out all fear.

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