The Gospel or the Good news is that God imputes (credits) righteousness without works (Human Effort).
Impute comes from the Greek word: Logizomai, which means “to take an inventory of”.
Rom 4: 6-8 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
Those of you who are familiar with accounting know that when we take an inventory of things we are basically accounting for things in a detailed list; therefore when Paul says that blessed is the man to whom God imputes righteousness without works, he is basically talking about the privilege of a believer in Christ who is credited with an A+ in moral standards without actually being eligible for it, and also have his or her sins erased for ever.
In simple words it means that if someone were to keep an account of my sins for an entire lifetime, each one of them, and if that equaled, hypothetically, a billion sins: then all of those sins-each one of them- can be erased from my balance sheet of right & wrongs.
How can that be?
Through the righteousness of Christ; for He was the only one without sin, but on Him was laid the sins of the entire world when he was crucified on the cross. His blood was the ransom for our blood. On Him was laid the sins of the entire human race; sins of every kind, whether they be slander, gossip, bitterness, hate, murder, lust, pornography, homosexuality, backbiting, envy… and everything else that is part of the Pauline list of sins in Romans 1.
Paul’s list in Romans 1: 22-to-32
21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
The above list covers everyone, you and me too.
Did you notice the words: 1) Implacable, 2) without understanding and 3) natural affection in the list?
The word implacable means someone who has strong opinions or feelings which are impossible to change.
When Paul says that it’s not just the murderer or the gossiper who will taste hell fire for his sins, but also people who are implacable, without understanding and natural affection; he is taking all of humanity to court, the courtroom of God.
All of us, though we may not fall in the category of murderers or drug-addicts, display traits of implacability or being people without understanding and natural affection. And that is what Paul is referring to, and that is also why the Bible equates the human race’s standards of morality to that of filthy rags.
We are all guilty!
Though we are all guilty, we can cover our sins with the righteousness of Christ; we can transfer/credit our balance sheet of wrongs with the blemish-less and unparalleled balance sheet of Jesus Christ.
For He (Christ) took (transferred) all of that on Him. This is the Gospel, the Good News.
Wow! Isn’t that too good to be true! Go for the exchange today.
The Kingdom, October 2, 2011.