Imputation and Being “In Christ”

Well, i haven’t heard anything from anyone yet, but i have continued to study this doctrine called imputation as well as those who are objecting to the Biblical accuracy of the doctrine. The theory being promoted in distinction to the doctrine of imputation is that God counts our faith as righteousness. And suddenly i realize i am ahead of myself.

The doctrine of Imputation teaches that when God looks at those whom He has redeemed, He sees them clothed in Christ’s Righteousness. This act of clothing, or imputation, was beautifully illustrated by the prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah 61:10

I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (italics added)

The point is, we do not stand before God in our righteousness, but in the righteousness of Christ. Or, in the words of Paul, “even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous” (Rom. 5:18-19). Scripture is replete with references to Christ, our righteousness, and our status “In Christ.” For example:

Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit are you now being made perfect by the flesh? (Gal. 3:3)

That is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing ther trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Chirst, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Chirst’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in him. (II Cor 5:19-21)

But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption (I Cor 1:30)

Being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God (Phil. 1:11)

…that I amy gain Christ, and be found in Him,  not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith, the righteousness which is from God by faith (Phil. 3:8b-9)

Just as Abraham “Believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” (Gal. 3:6)

Fir in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, “the Just shall live by faith.” (Rom. 1:17)

More on this later.

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