imputed sin/imputed righteousness

The bible has recorded a lot of miracles.  Miracles from the time of Moses in the presence of Pharaoh and during the time of Israel’s wandering in the wilderness because of their unbelief.  This time of miracles continued through Israel’s incomplete conquest of the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua.  Then again there was a time of miracles during the time of Elijah and Elisha.  Then again we see miracles displayed in the time of Jesus’ ministry before His crucifixion and resurrection, and during the time of the apostles as they established the church throughout the known world.  These were important times for these miracles to be manifested because was declaring the importance of a new time in the history of God’s interaction with His creation.

Today, miracles are being cheapened by self-proclaimed or self-identifying apostles and/or prophets.  They are a pathetic attempt, a mockery, of what occurred in the bible.  Those who were the instruments of those miracles in the bible did not boast in their miracles.  They did not say, “Look at me!  Look at that man who was once lame now dancing in the temple courts!  It was through ME that he got healed!”  These can only be attributed to the work of Satan because his best work is a mocking knock-off of God’s workings, a pathetic, second-rate, sleight-of-hand trick.

The utmost miracle is the one we will never understand but we are all benefactors of.  We will never be able to comprehend how God did it.  We will never be able to fully know why He did it.  We will never figure out how He did the transaction, how He took one mass of unholiness and ungodliness and transferred it.

In the time of the early nation of Israel God had instituted the scapegoat.  On the Day of Atonement, the High Priest was to take two goats, one for a sin offering and one to take the confessed transgressions of the nation of Israel away into the wilderness.  The High Priest was to sacrifice one goat for the sin offering with the blood sprinkled in the Holy Place in the Tent of Meeting.  After making the atonement by blood the High Priest would then confess the sins of Israel on the remaining goat and have a boy take into the wilderness and let it go free.  It is amazing that this was enough, temporarily, to atone for the sins of Israel.

Then Jesus came, the Passover Lamb, the Lamb to take away the sins of the world.  The ritual of the two goats was precursor to what Jesus would do.  The whole event of the crucifixion is one of wonder, awe, immense power and one to induce an attitude of abstract humility.  God the Father took the sins of the world and imputed them onto His Son.  As Paul says, He who knew no sin became sin for us.  Sin was something that Jesus did not possess.  Our sin had to be taken from us and placed on Him.  Sin is only has substance in the presence of God.  We cannot see it.  We can only witness the effects and consequences of sin.  God took our sin and placed them on His Son. 

And He subjected His Son to our deserved wrath and His, in His humility and ultimate act of obedience suffered on our behalf.

And the miracle of the resurrection.  The Perfect Lamb, unblemished and acceptable sacrifice for the Father, rose from the grave alive and reborn in a new body.  The Father saw His Son’s sacrifice on behalf of His creation as worthy and righteous.  God the Father took the righteousness of the Risen Son and imputed that righteousness to those who would turn to Him and believe in Him as their Lord and Savior.  We receive something we would never be able to gain or obtain or attain to on our own power.

This is a one-sided transaction.  We have no part in any of it except for our sin, the filthy rags of a depraved and destitute soul.  Our sins are gone, taken by God and replaced with Christ’s righteousness.  Our sins were imputed onto Christ and we in turn had Christ’s righteousness imputed to us.  Unfathomable and incredible to behold.

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