Righteousness and Not Sin Imputed To You

Romans 4:6, 8 Just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes [1]righteousness apart from works: 8 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.”

You are blessed today because all your sins are forgiven in Christ. God does not count your sins against you. Instead, He counts you righteous in Christ. That is why you are the blessed man to whom the Lord does not and will not impute sin!

What happens to such a man? Let’s look at the story of Jacob to find out.

The Bible records how Jacob had deceived his father and cheated his elder brother Esau of his firstborn blessing.[2] Yet, in spite of his sin of deception, God chose to speak to Jacob. And no, God did not say to this cheat, “You terrible sinner! How can you deceive your own father? You are cursed!”

No, to deceitful Jacob, God said, “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants…Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.”[3] Here was a man to whom God did not impute sin!

God did not rebuke Jacob at all. Instead, we hear Him telling Jacob, “I will give to you…I am with you…I will keep you…I will bring you back…I will not leave you…” Jacob certainly did not deserve these blessings. This is one man who walked in the truth of Romans 4:8 “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin”

By J Prince

[1] Impute; meaning associate ownership. 1Co 7:23  “You were bought at a price.” The whole believing person belongs to Jesus including their sin.

[2] Genesis 27:1–41

[3] Genesis 28:13–15

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