Imputed Righteousness (part 2)

A second look from RC Sproul.


2 Responses to Imputed Righteousness (part 2)

  1. Daniel Ray says:

    In his book, “Justification and the New Perspectives on Paul,” Guy Waters writes, “Paul everywhere affirms that Christ’s own righteousness is the sole meritorious cause of justification. This is seen from consistent Pauline affirmations that it is Christ who is our righteousness” (p.172). This is so liberating and reminds me of what Louis Berkhof wrote in his book “Systematic Theology,” where he stated:
    “In the passive obedience of Christ, who became a curse for us (Gal. 3:13) we find the ground for the forgiveness of sins;…” Time out – hallelujah!!!! but wait, it gets better. He goes on to write, “…and in His active obedience, by which He merited all the gifts of grace, including eternal life, the ground for adoption of children, by which sinners are constituted heirs of life eternal” (p. 523). Man, does that not blow your mind and flood your heart with gratitude for your Savior? Simply put, as J.I. Packer says, “God saves sinners.” Thanks for these posts on imputed righteousness!

  2. Daniel Ray says:

    I quoted way to many theologians and no Scripture, that is a weakness for sure, I apologize.

    Here are just a few of so many relevant texts, if you find more, please add them.

    2 Corinthians 5:21
    For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

    Philippians 3:8-11
    8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

    Romans 4:1-11
    4:1 What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” 4 Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. 5 And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:

    7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven,
    and whose sins are covered;
    8 blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”

    9 Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness. 10 How then was it counted to him? Was it before or after he had been circumcised? It was not after, but before he was circumcised. 11 He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well, 12 and to make him the father of the circumcised who are not merely circumcised but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

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