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.
- God promises HE WILL NOT IMPUTE SIN against us.
- 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:
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.
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.
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.”
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?
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
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.