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Why Sin Is Not Imputed (8 of 10)
Series: Revelation of Grace
After looking at the defeat of sin, let's ask the one burning question that causes people to resist the message of complete trust in Christ. What happens when we sin? Do we confess sin?
No. We confess Christ. We confess our Advocate. There is only one place in the new covenant of Christ where anyone is told to confess sin, and we'll explain what is being taught there shortly. The act of confessing sin was and is an acknowledgement that someone is unredeemed and not under the payment of sin, Jesus Christ. The Old Testament sacrificial system was intended to force people to look at their sin and their guilt under the law. Jesus presented sin to all who trusted in their own righteousness, but declared to the sinner, ''Neither do I condemn you.''
Before we examine the call to the unredeemed to confess their sins, let's review the double-blessing given to us who are in Christ. Romans 4:7-8
7 ''Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered;
8 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.''
If God will not impute sin, what is the purpose of proclaiming to God what He has refused to impute to you? Are you blessed? Do you believe this promise? According to this passage and the rest of Romans 4, those who enter the promise by faith have this double-blessing. Actually, it's a triple blessing, for the one who believes God has the following blessing as well. Romans 4:22-25
22 And therefore ''it was accounted to him for righteousness.''
23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him,
24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,
25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.
Let's consider the triple-blessing. God imputes His righteousness to us. We cannot earn righteousness or accompl ...
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