“6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”Romans 4:6-8
And this brings us back to David’s introduction to his Psalm, as well as the beginning of our text.
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”Psalms 32:1-2
We do not deny or hide or conceal our sin. God will see us for who we truly are, and so the only solution is a covering. Blessed is he who has forgiveness, and who has a covering for sins. Blessed also is the one with no guile, or deceit, in his spirit. He lays everything bare.
No guile does not mean that you must be sinless. That will not be our reality until we are glorified and behold Jesus face to face. Rather, no guile means no unconfessed sin that you are harboring, refusing to confess and attempting rather to conceal. To have no guile is to lay our sins before God without holding back.
Our only hope in this world as sinners is that we be freely forgiven so that our sins are not credited to our own account, and also freely given a righteousness in our account as if we had perfectly obeyed the law of God.
This truly is the heart of the gospel of God.
Jesus upheld the law of God in His perfect life, and then He died a sinner’s death. Jesus did not stay buried in His tomb but rose from the dead. And this Jesus was the God-man; truly God and truly man.
Jesus died so that we might die in Him, and He rose from the dead so that we might have life in Him, raised to newness of life without the stain of our sin because Jesus buried it in His death.
“Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”2 Corinthians 5:20-21
Jesus voluntarily took our sin upon Himself. Our sins were imputed to Him, placed in His account for payment to be made. In the same way, Jesus’ righteousness, His upholding of the law perfectly, is imputed to our accounts.
We are born with the imputation of Adam’s sin. He is our federal head. But through faith in Christ we have an imputation of our sin to Him and His righteousness to us.
These are the two halves of double imputation, and this is our salvation. Jesus was made sin so that Your death would be paid for in His death. And we, the undeserved sinners in the equation, are made the very righteousness of God in Him.
Recognize that in looking at the religions of the world, nobody is picking between various crucified and resurrected saviors. There is but one. Every other proposed “way” of salvation involves some type of work on your part, some type of atonement which you must make. Live a certain way, pray certain prayers, make the right offerings and sacrifices.
Do more good than you do evil. Pray this many prayers to Mary. Don’t step on any ants on the sidewalk. Completely empty yourself of all thoughts. Evangelize on the streets a certain number of hours each week. Kill as many people as you can in a suicide bombing.
All of them, all the false religions of the world, make light of sin and destroy the holiness of God. None of them provide a sufficient sacrifice for the forgiveness of sins. We need one like us, but of eternal worth. We need God in the flesh.
No other religion offers imputation. No other religion offers a removal of Your sin by placing it on another, and the free gift of righteousness from outside of yourself. All of them demand works of righteousness to merit salvation.
The reality is that God remains the holy, eternal, Creator God. And sin against Him requires payment of an eternal worth.
The only way to not have sin imputed to you and to avoid eternal suffering is to have your sin imputed to Christ. So repent of your sins and believe upon Christ. And know that this is not your own doing. Faith is given by the grace of God, not a result of works, not of yourself, lest any man should boast (Eph 2:8-10). Work out your salvation with fear and trembling (continue to repent of your sins), knowing it is God who works in you to will and do all His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13).
You don’t need to die on your own, because Jesus has died. And if you die with Him you are given life with Him. Don’t die on your own, and don’t live Your Christian life with unconfessed sins that destroy Your walk with God, Your witness, and your joy. Are there ever consequences in this life for sin? Yes, and often! Sin often hurts those around us deeply. But nothing so deep, so lasting, as paying for it yourself. God will not be mocked, He will be just.
May His justice in our lives be seen through His mercy as we point to the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ, our sin bearer. He deserves all the glory. Give it to Him. Throw off Your pride, confess Your sins, and be washed in the blood of the Lamb. Receive His offering, cast your burden upon Him, and walk in His train.