Two-Fold Imputation

I have been reading J. D. Greear’s wonderfully simple book, Gospel. On page 44 he summarizes the thesis of his book in four points through his Gospel Prayer. I have been using this Gospel Prayer in many of my counseling sessions. If we believed these four points our lives would be transformed and our interactions with others would be transformational. I want to consider point one.

Point one states: “In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make You (God) love me more, and nothing I have done that makes You (God) love me less.”.

Here is a great truth of the Christian faith that is almost universally negated in our minds. Every Christian I have read it to stops, stares at me, and almost imperceptibly shakes his head in disbelief. Cognitive dissonance is visible on my clients’ faces.

2 Peter 1:3
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,

Ephesians 2:
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ-by grace you have been saved-
6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,

Romans 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Peter and Paul say the same things; you were called by God, it was undeserved, you never earned it, you will never earn it. Your salvation was obtained on the basis of Christ’s merit. That means that the Heavenly Father welcomed you into His family on the basis of Christ’s righteousness.

Why does the Father love you and me so much? He loves us because He loves Jesus so much. If you have trusted in Christ’s work of salvation, all your sins were placed on Jesus Christ and he was condemned for them. At the same time, all the credit of Christ’s perfect obedience, loyalty and love for the Father was placed on you. You did nothing to deserve it. When the Father looks at any person who has trusted in Christ Jesus for salvation, He not only sees NO sin, He sees PERFECT righteousness. This is called two-fold imputation.

That is why if you are in Christ,you cannot make God love you more and why you cannot cause God to love you less.

So, if you have trusted in Christ’s salvation and yet you are always insecure about God’s love for you, it is time to consider all the benefits of Christ’s work. He said, “It is finished”.

2 Responses to Two-Fold Imputation

  1. Nick July 27, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    If you have the chance, I’d suggest you read this Study on Imputed Righteousness. There is a lot of confusion on what the Biblical term “impute” even means, and so this article tries to set things right:

    • Cheryl August 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

      Hi, Nick, I thank you for your input. I wrote a response to your comment. In is called Righteousness as a Gift. Obviously I am coming from a Reformed Evangelical perspective. I appreciate your input. I will try to be more careful to approach my posts from a biblical theological view rather than a systematic theological view.
      God bless you.

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