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NON-IMPUTATION OF SIN

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NON-IMPUTATION OF SIN

This study is about “non-imputation of sin” of believers in Christ:

Greek Definition: (imputation)

G3049
log-id'-zom-ahee
Middle voice from G3056; to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively): - conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).

Rom 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will "not impute” sin.

Rom 5:13 For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not “not imputed” when there is no law.

2Co 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, "not imputing” their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

QUESTION:
1. Why is God not imputing "sin" unto a believer’s account while he or she is on earth in this fleshly body under the New Covenant?

Notice, the question is not, why isn’t God imputing the “punishment of sin” unto a believer.

The reason I say this, most believers say that God took away the punishment/penalty of sin,

Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
 
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One of the negative aspects of Yom Kippur (a.k.a. the great day of atonement) is its limitations: it doesn't cover scofflaws.

Num 15:30-31 . .Anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or alien, blasphemes the Jehovah, and that person must be cut off from his people. Because he has despised the Jehovah's word and broken His commands, that person must surely be cut off; his guilt remains on him.

In other words: willful sins are kept inventoried because there are no atonements specified for those kinds of infractions in the covenant that Moses' people agreed upon with God as per Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

For example:

"You shall not deal falsely, nor lie to one another." (Lev 19:11)

When someone continues to be dishonest after discovering that it's forbidden by divine decree, God begins building a liar's indictment against them; and that indictment can really add up if someone has walked this world, say, 60 years because it's humanly impossible to be 100% honest all the time.

Well; dishonesty is clearly a hell-worthy offense.

Rev 21:8 . . Deceivers of every sort; their lot is in the burning pool of fire and sulfur, which is the second death.

Q: How many lies must one tell in order to go on the books as a liar?

A: Well; how many people must one kill to go on the books as a murderer? How many times must a spouse be unfaithful to go on the books as an adulterer? Get my drift?

The wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23) i.e. the wages of every sin is death so that people need tell only one lie to end up in the burning pool of fire and sulfur.
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God covers the scofflaws under the New Covenant:

1Co 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1Co 6:11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
1Co 6:12 "All things are lawful unto me," but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

The coverage is, a believer is not under/justified by a carnal law in God sight. The world handles their issuses and at the end God will handle His (1Corinthians 4:5) Anything a believer does is covered by grace; only as it pertains to the "term" sin. The wages of sin is death in God's eyes. Does this mean a believer can do anything they deaire without consequences? NO! Unfruitfulness is the term under the New Covenant as sin was the term under the Old Covenant. The wrong doer has consequences in this life as well as the day of Judgment; unles they develop the character of Christ 30 fold, 60 fold or 100 fold fruit (Matt 13:23). The unfruitful believers are the "tares" in the body of Christ or the lukewarm believers in Revelations 3:15,16. The tares in the Kingdom of God will be judged at the end of the day.

Mat 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

Mat 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The Kingdom spoken of here is the body of Christ, where there is no sin; but there is wrong doing considered "unfruitful works."

A believer that is without morals will reap what they sow in this life, wheather Jail-time, bodily harm or even death; and then be cast into the lake of fire at the end if they have not learned to put on Christ's Character.
 
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Jesus Christ's crucifixion is the ultimate atonement because it has the power to obtain forgiveness for scofflaws; witch none of the Aaronic sacrifices are able to do.

However, his crucifixion alone isn't enough to delete the inventory of bad stuff that God keeps on the books against people. For that, a second step was required.

"He was raised to life for our justification". (Rom 4:25)

The Greek word for "justification" is dikaiosis (dik-ah'-yo-sis) which basically refers to an acquittal; i.e. a legal adjudication of innocence.

In other words: Christ's resurrection is so effective at wiping the slate that it makes people look as if they never did anything bad even one time their entire lives.

Luke 2:8-10 . . There were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them: Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

Speaking for myself, the acquittal about which I've written easily qualifies as good news of great joy for anyone and everyone concerned about winding up in hell.
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Adziilii,

I agree with pretty much everything you said, and I believe you’re referring to believers of whose works will be inventoried. I agree that the crucifixion is not enough to remove all the unfruitful works that God keeps on the books. Every believer will give account of their works (Revelations 22:12). A true believer must bring forth fruit/character; the Fruit of the Spirit. At least 30 fold fruit (Matthew 13:23).

Mat 13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
Mat 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
Mat 13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
Mat 13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
Mat 13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
Mat 13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

The harvest is the time of judgment when God will judge His church first and then gather out of His Kingdom those believers who were not obedient to His word (Matthew 13:41).

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
1Pe 4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
 
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NON-IMPUTATION OF SIN

This study is about “non-imputation of sin” of believers in Christ:

Greek Definition: (imputation)

G3049
log-id'-zom-ahee
Middle voice from G3056; to take an inventory, that is, estimate (literally or figuratively): - conclude, (ac-) count (of), + despise, esteem, impute, lay, number, reason, reckon, suppose, think (on).

Rom 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will "not impute” sin.

Rom 5:13 For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not “not imputed” when there is no law.

2Co 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, "not imputing” their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

QUESTION:
1. Why is God not imputing "sin" unto a believer’s account while he or she is on earth in this fleshly body under the New Covenant?

Notice, the question is not, why isn’t God imputing the “punishment of sin” unto a believer.

The reason I say this, most believers say that God took away the punishment/penalty of sin,

Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.
Very good question! The answer is in the rest of the chapter....Abraham was considered righteous, now we are made righteous because of the promise of God. We are Abrahams seed, so we are considered, and made righteous. All because of faith in our redeemer.
 
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Thanks Bendito,
I have another question for you. What did Abraham believe God for?
Did Abraham believe God for the non-imputation of sin, or did he believe God for the promise?
Romans 4:3

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.


Galatians 3:6

Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.


James 2:23

And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Abraham believed every word that God spoke....Simply that.
 
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Bendito,
I share this because I think it's interesting, It does not say that God brought to pass the promise because of Abraham's faith only, but because of his faith through his works; and emphesis on works.

Abraham believed God for the promise of a son (Genesis 15:6). Abraham did not know that God was going to give him grace and not impute sin unto him. As a matter of fact, the conversation did not even come up; they only talked about the promise.

When people say we are saved by faith without works, that's true if the conversation is about sin. No one can be saved from sin by their works. Only Jesus could do the works for sin and we as believers must believe that. Now when it come to the promise of eternal life, that is something that Abraham had to work for through his faith. Jesus is the eternal life that Abraham believed God for.

God told Abraham "because" your've done this. As a result of Abraham's "works" God would bring to pass the promise. God also told Isaac why He performed the oath to Abraham.

Gen 22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

Gen 22:16 By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
Gen 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

Gen 26:3 Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;
Gen 26:4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;
Gen 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
 
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What were you saying when you presented your scripture about Abraham believing God? I ask because my reply was based on the question that I asked.
If you're speaking to me, I was addressing this question. "QUESTION:
1. Why is God not imputing "sin" unto a believer’s account while he or she is on earth in this fleshly body under the New Covenant?"

Our God is a covenant keeping God. He made a covenant with Abraham and keeps it. When Abraham believed what God said, he acted on it...God, in turn, saw Abrahams faith and that faith was credited to him as righteousness. Now as the seed of Abraham we are credited with the same righteousness because by faith we follow Gods Word.
Did I answer your question? Or should I have brekky and try again? LOL
 
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Hey Bendito,
Basically the point I was trying to get to was, Abraham had to work for the promise of Eternal Life to come to pass, but he could not work for the non-imputation of sin.
 
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Bendito,

I think these are the works God desired to see from Abraham.

The works Abraham was required to do, as all men, is the works of obedience to the word of God. And the reason God brought to pass the promise to make Abraham a Father of many nations, at that time, and through Jesus Christ, (who is Eternal life), is because of Abraham’s works.

Gen 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

Gen 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou loves, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

Because of Abraham’s obedience, the angel of God came unto Abraham to stop him from going any further in his obedience.

Gen 22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him: for now I know that thou fears God, seeing thou has not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

Gen 22:16 And said, By myself have I sworn, said the LORD, for because thou has done this thing, and has not withheld thy son, thine only son:

Gen 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

Gen 22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

After this God explains to Isaac His reasoning of why He’s bring to pass the promises to Abraham.

Gen 26:3 (Isaac) Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;

Gen 26:4 And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed;

Gen 26:5 “Because” that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.
 
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1John 1:9 . . If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


On the surface, that passage says nothing new. Jews are, and were, forgiven and cleansed by means of confession just the same as Christians.

However, the Jews' sins stay on the books. (Ex 34:6-7, Nah 1:3)

Christian sins don't even get in the books to begin with. (2Cor 5:18-19)

Seeing as how the Jews' sins stay on the books, then forgiveness for them amounts to little more than a reprieve; which can be defined as: to delay punishment.

But the reason that Christian sins never even make it to the books is because their punishment was fully accomplished on the cross as joint principals in Christ's crucifixion.

Rom 6:3 . . Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

Rom 6:6 . . Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him

Gal 2:20 . . I am crucified with Christ

Col 3:3 . . For you died when Christ died
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Hey Adziilii,

Adziilii, you said,

● 1John 1:9 . . If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Your reasoning was:
However, the Jews' sins stay on the books, while Christians' sins don't even get in the books to begin with.

My thoughts are:
The reason a Christian’s sins do not get on the books is because, Jesus came to “put away,” “cancel” our sins, (Hebrews 9:26), by judging the nature of sin caused by the devil.

Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

G115 (put away) Greek definition:
ath-et'-ay-sis
From G114; cancellation (literally or figuratively): - disannulling, put away.

Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; (this is when the Holy Ghost fell)

G1813 (blotted out)
ex-al-i'-fo
From G1537 and G218; to smear out, that is, “obliterate” (erase tears, figuratively pardon sin): - blot out, wipe away.

When a unbeliever repents and becomes a believer, this is what happens. This is also what 1John 1:9 is saying. “All” a person’s sins are cleansed, pardoned, cancelled and blotted out once for all (Hebrews 10:12, 14, 17, 18).

The devil was judged and therefore the sin nature was also judged (John 16:8-11). The law that told a person they sinned, and then judged and condemned that person, was also condemned (Colossians 2:14; Ephesians 2:15) (Romans 8:3).

A Christian’s unfruitful works (past tense known as sins) are not on the books, and will not be on the books because they are not account as “fruitful” works. A believer gets no credit for unfruitful works. Just as Jesus cursed the fig tree; it had leaves and looked good, but there were no fruit. I’m just using this as an example (Mark 11: 13, 14, 20, 21). This is how Jesus saw Israel; "fruitless."

If a believer walks according to the flesh, though claiming to be a Christian, at the appointed time, Christ shall send His angels to judge the Church, those that did not bring forth fruit, (the character of Christ 30,60 or 100 fold), will be gather out of God’s Kingdom and cast into the furnace of fire (Matthew 13:18-41; Luke 13:23, 24).

Adziilii,
With all respect I say these things; you said:

But the reason that Christian's sins never even make it to the books is because their punishment was fully accomplished on the cross as joint principals in Christ's crucifixion.

My thoughts are:
The reason Christians sins never make it to the books is because “sin” itself was judged and punished by the crucifixion; and the punishment (death, condemnation, grief, the curse, etc.) was also crucified with the sin. Sin is the cause of the punishment; take away the cause and you take away the punishment. The punishment and sin equally was crucified and condemned.

Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin “AND” death.

These are the scriptures you gave:

● Rom 6:3 . . Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

● Rom 6:6 . . Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him

● Gal 2:20 . . I am crucified with Christ

● Col 3:3 . . For you died when Christ died

All of this is true information; I think because we’ve been so indoctrinated for so long in our lives, this is all we know. I know this, because it was all I knew until I started questioning what people were saying; because I didn’t see certain scriptures as they did.

This is what these scriptures are saying to me:

Rom 6:10 For in that he (Jesus) died, he died unto sin once: but in that he lives, he lives unto God.

Rom 6:11 Likewise reckon/conclude/account it/reason and think you also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Because Christ died, He died once to this world and the sin nature physically and spiritually. A dead man has no consciousness of sin. When Jesus rose, we rose with Him. Why should we have a consciousness of sin if we are dead to sin?

Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed/liberated/exempt from sin.

Rom 6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:

Rom 6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dies no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

Joh 11:26 And whosoever lives and believeth in me (Jesus) shall never die. Believe thou this?

1Co 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

1Co 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

A sinful or sinning person will not be change. A sinner cannot be in the body of Chrsit.

Gal 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

Joh 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever "commits" sin is the servant of sin.

The Greek definition for “commits” is “G4160” which refer to “G4238”:
G4238 (commits)
pras'-so
A primary verb; to “practise”, that is, perform repeatedly or habitually (thus differing from G4160, which properly refers to a single act); by implication to execute, accomplish, etc.; specifically to collect (dues), fare (personally): - commit, deeds, do, exact, keep, require, use arts.
Joh 8:35 And the servant abides not in the house for ever: but the Son abides forever.

Rev 21:7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
 
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