Imputed Vs. Imparted Righteousness
The fundamental differences between imputed and imparted righteousness is the most important subject we can tax our minds to understand. The gift that we have through the gospel are both imputed and imparted. The righteousness we receive from Christ from these two channels are both equally important and yet fundamentally distinct.
The imputation of righteousness means that Christ has done something for me that I cannot do for myself. He credits His pure and spotless life into my account by which I am made acceptable before the Father. This righteousness is something that we receive as a gift from Christ and we are able to receive it by faith in His promises, character and efficacy. We do not attain to it because we have earned it through our own works. It is not something that is given to us because it is our due, but it is the free gift that Christ offers to every man. Imputed righteousness is our title to heaven. It is the legal basis for being raised from the dead and being made citizens of the New Jerusalem.
Imparted righteousness is the power we receive from the Holy Spirit to overcome sin and be made in the image of Christ’s likeness. The Law of God is written on our hearts and we begin to reflect Him in character. Yet our sanctified life, no matter how wonderful it is, it can never earn us salvation. We will always and continually need the blood of Christ’s justifying merits to make our sanctified life acceptable. Justification by faith is the imputation of a perfection into our account that we could never attain to. As we become more and more acquainted with our limitations we will come to know just how precious of a gift this is.
On this episode we really try to divide some lines and clear up the fundamental truths of scripture.
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