Double imputation. Say what? Right now, you are probably asking yourself whether you should keep reading. Yes, you should. This phrase explains a something you must understand. Double imputation is just another way to say the Gospel. So here we go.
As people, we are by nature sinners. That is all we know. Some of you may not accept this, because you believe sin only includes things like murder and cheating on your spouse. However, sin is better explained as a deadness or indifference to God. This makes sense when you understand that God created us to love Him. If you don’t love him, that is sin. Indifference to God is obviously not love. Murder and adultery are a few of many manifestations, or results, of that indifference to God.
As I stated above, this indifference to God is our default disposition. We are born this way. We are born without affections towards God, and this rebellion against God has consequences. The consequence of rejecting God is that God’s patience eventually runs out and he allows you to lie in the bed that you have made. He allows you to live eternally without Him, and I mean completely without Him. All of His grace that you take for granted every day is stripped away and what is left is utter despair. This place is called Hell, and there is nothing good about it. Why? Because God is completely absent from this place, and without God grace, all that is left is darkness and misery.
This is bad news. And once again this is where Jesus comes in as good news. He agrees to stand in our place and accept the punishment on our behalf. Therefore Jesus, God’s Son, who commented none of the offenses, takes the penalty for our rebellion. Upon the cross, when God looked down on His Son, whom He loves, what he sees is not holiness, but he sees our sin. The sin of Phil Parsons and the rest of humanity has been imputed, or placed upon, Jesus. The verse above says “For our sake he made him sin who knew no sin.” This means our sin was imputed to Jesus.
However, the verse above has a second half, “so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” This is the “double” part of double imputation. Not only does Jesus take our sin, and then take our punishment, which is mind blowing in and of itself, but we also get Jesus’ righteousness. It is like the gift that keeps on giving.
Jesus taking our punishment keeps us out of Hell, but it doesn’t get us into Heaven. This is what Matthew 5:20 says, “For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Having righteousness is a must. Once again, this is where Jesus comes in. He gives us His righteousness.
This is why we can’t forget about the life Jesus led for 33 years on Earth. He led a perfect life, a righteous life. He was not born from man, but was born from the Spirit. His default was not indifference to God; His default was love for God. His affections for His Father were the catalyst to his obedience. This is why He could endure the cross for us, because His Dad asked Him to and He loves His Dad. Jesus’ righteousness is what Jesus freely offers to us so that we can enter into the Kingdom.
This should knock you off your chair if you have eyes to see the gift that is Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. He takes our punishment, and He gives us His righteousness, and all we must do is accept it. We don’t earn it, we don’t inherit it, we believe it (have faith). We must turn from the world and accept the Grace that is double imputation.