Started by Yitzchak, February 12, 2014, 09:33:27 AM
QuoteImputed righteousness is a concept in Christian theology that proposes that the "righteousness of Christ ... is imputed to [believers] -- that is, treated as if it were theirs through faith." It is on the basis of this "alien" (i.e. from the outside) righteousness that God accepts humans. This acceptance is also referred to as justification. Thus this doctrine is practically synonymous with justification by faith.
Quoteimparted righteousness is what God does in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit after justification, working in the Christian to enable and empower the process of sanctification
Quote from: DiscipleHeLovesToo on February 16, 2014, 12:46:14 PMmy thinking on this is somewhat different. first of all, i see 'sin' as unbelief (either through ignorance, wrong teaching, or prideful refusal to agree with God about something when we understand His instruction about that something) and 'sins' as the wrong words and actions that result from the one core sin of unbelief. so from God's perspective, there are no 'big' sins, because all wrong words and actions have been paid for by Jesus - from His perspective there is no difference between telling a white lie and murder - both are paid for and both are just as potentially deadly because their common root is unbelief; we don't see the relationship between white lies and death as readily as we see it with murder; but unbelief separates us from God in that area of our lives, and if the unbelief is prideful refusal to agree with God about something when we understand His instruction about that something, this can lead to total rejection of God and eternal death; whether it is about white lies or murder. of course if the unbelief is ignorance or wrong teaching, we get mercy (Romans 4:15) until such time as we have received instruction - if we don't receive that instruction in this life, we receive eternal mercy for our wrong thinking in this life that's due to ignorance or wrong teaching (which is essentially the same thing); and receive instruction in the next life.to me, spiritual rebirth is not a second, third, fourth, etc. chance to 'get it right'; it is not a changed life at all - it is an exchanged life in which we rest from our efforts to keep the law that we are aware of and strive instead to be led by God in all things. the most common misconception in Christianity IMO is that we can understand how to apply God's laws in every situation to begin with - only He can do this, and when we try we fall from grace in that we are relying on our own understanding and are not relying on His situational leading - in effect we have left fellowship with Him when we strive to achieve outward righteousnessas a goal. the example of the disciples plucking ears of corn to eat on the sabbath (Mat 12:1) is a great example - Jesus says that 'the Son of Man is Lord even of the sabbath day' - and He did only those things He was led to do by God as our example ('Son of Man' versus 'Son of God').to focus on improving our outward performance (versus focus on being led by Him in each situation) is to ignore scripture (Jer 10;23; Psalms 37:23; Rom 8:14) and is actually sin (unbelief); but if we strive instead to be led by God using scripture to confirm His leading, we will see improved outward performance as an effortless consequence to the extent by which we are led by God. so since God will never lead us contrary to His word, as we are led by Him, we attain outward righteousness in that area - but this is not righteousness due to our improved actions, but rather due to our belief in the rightness of His leading - so that all true righteousness is of God; whether imparted or imputed. scripture is given for instruction in righteousness, but not so that we can get it right more effectively, but so that we can recognize His leading as the Holy Spirit brings scripture to our remembrance ('doctrine', 'reproof' and 'correction').
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