The Vicariousness of Christ -Netchaplain
I believe the most important fact to remember, while we continue to learn to “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15), so that we may mature unto “the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:13), is how many things we have in Christ are “imputed but not imparted” (mjs).
For example, justification means to pronounce righteous (mjs), which means the righteousness we possess is never from ourselves (Phl. 3:9) but is counted or imputed unto us from Christ. “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1Cor. 1:30). “The righteousness of God [which is] by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe” (Rom. 3:22).
Righteousness is a gift (Rom. 5:17) so that we are “made righteous” (Rom. 5:19) by virtue of imputation. “That righteousness might be imputed unto them also” (Rom. 4:11). “And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead” (Rom. 4:22-24). “Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness . . .” (Jam. 2:23).
Stanford states, “To be justified means that the believer is viewed in Christ as righteous and is treated as such by God. The righteousness of our position in the Lord Jesus is increasingly manifested in our condition, as we “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18).
Stanford continues that “until we clearly see the positional perfection of our justification in Christ, our conception of, and faith in, all other aspects of our position will be out of focus.” (The Complete Green Letters, pg. 85).