To inquire what is meant by the imputation of this righteousness; which is the way in which it becomes ours and indeed is the only way in which it can become ours. The Hebrew word כשח in Genesis 15:6 and the Greek word logizwmai used by the apostle here, signifies to estimate, reckon, impute, or place something to the account of another. So the righteousness of Christ is estimated, reckoned, and imputed to be his people's, and is placed to their account as such by God the Father, and looked upon as much by him as their justifying righteousness or as though it had been wrought by them, in their own persons.
For Your Interest...
The following piece by Arthur W Pink is an excellent rebuttal of the notion propagated by some, that the Apostle Paul's complaints about himself in Romans 7 could not possibly refer to him in his saved state, but that the apostle must have been referring to his previous unsaved state as a Pharisee who was zealous concerning the Law. This erroneous view is common amongst those that teach that Christians can be sinlessly perfect here on earth. The lies of these people unsettled me for a short time (because I knew myself to certainly not be sinlessly perfect, but an abject failure), yet the Lord moved quickly to show me the truth, from His word. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, "and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God" (Ephesians 2:8-9). Even our best works are as dung before the Most High God, because of our fallen natures. Our works are totally incapable of redeeming our sinful nature in any way - salvation is the free gift of God to those He has chosen in Christ Jesus. Yet, they were chosen not as though they had any worth in themselves, or even as though the LORD of the Heavens and earth looked into the future and saw how 'good' they'd be! It is all of unearned, unmerited, undeserved grace.
Mr Pink's article is a detailed examination of the Christian, as found in Romans 7.
The following is a part of Mr J.C. Philpot's review of "Apocalyptic Sketches by Dr. Cumming, signs of the times; the Moslem and his end; the Christian and His hope; by Dr. Cumming, The Coming Struggle Among The Nations of the Earth.", which was printed in the 'Gospel Standard' magazine, in May 1854.
It is really quite staggering to think that Philpot, over 150 years ago, was given the foresight that Britain would surrender her national sovereignty to a federal European republic (though giving this insight is but a small feat for God!). The full essay deals with the seven vials that are unleashed upon the earth in the last days, as prophesied by John in the Revelation. Philpot approaches eschatology from the historicist view, which up until recently, was the majority view in Reformed and Protestant circles.
I recently read a small booklet by the Protestant Alliance (www.protestant-alliance.org), entitled 'The Protestant Martyrs of Amersham'. Upon reading of the horrific persecutions of Rome against the early reformers, my mind was instantly drawn back to the scenes broadcast by the media, of the supposedly 'Protestant' Church of England (CofE) welcoming the Pope to British shores in 2010. The Papal flag was hoisted above Westminster Abbey, and as I remember it, the Archbishop even proceeded to 'pray' with the Pope, portraying a perverse united front between the CofE and Rome. How far we have fallen, spiritually, as a nation!
Sadly, the likes of Rowan Williams forget that the Catholic 'church' is none other than the Great Whore prophesied in the Book of Revelation, who sits on the seven hills; and clothed in purple and scarlet, is "drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus" (Revelation 17). She has never repented of her evils, and hates Christ as much now as ever she has.
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