“Has Not” or “Will Not”?

“Blessed is the man to whom the Lord HAS NOT imputed sin.” ~ Imaginations 4:8

~ Past tense “has not imputed”.

Doesn’t Romans 4:8 beg the following questions, why Paul (saying David ALSO said the same thing),  ~

1. does not say “men”, plural, after all, “the world” is made up of men, plural.

2. Why didn’t he say “all men” for that matter?

3. When he said “the man”, he meant individuals who believe the gospel and are saved, they are the individuals who are blessed in this dispensation; to whom God isn’t imputing sin; (Galatians 3:8-9).

4. If Christ forgave everyone’s sins 2000 years ago, Paul would have used the word ” imputed”, past tense and would not have preached Galatians 3:9;

The hereticks’ different variations of Romans 4:8:

“Blessed are all men to whom the Lord HAS NOT imputed sin.”

“Blessed is mankind to whom the Lord HAS NOT imputed sin.”

“Blessed are the men to whom the Lord HAS NOT imputed sin.”

“Blessed is the world to whom the Lord HAS NOT imputed sin.”

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“Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” ~ Romans 4:8

~ Now. Present tense. When one believes the gospel, the Lord will not/does not impute sin to one’s account. “Impute” – present tense.

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

Paul said “but sin IS not imputed….”. Why didn’t he say, “(For until the law sin was in the world: but sin WAS not imputed because there is NO LAW”. Isn’t this how some people read this verse?

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“For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye ARE not under the law, but under grace.” ~ Romans 6:14

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“But NOW we ARE delivered from the law, that being DEAD wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.” ~ Romans 7:6

Who is Paul addressing in the epistle to the Romans?

“By whom we have RECEIVED GRACE and APOSTLESHIP, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name: Among whom are ye also THE CALLED OF JESUS CHRIST: To all that be in Rome, BELOVED OF GOD, called to be SAINTS: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ Romans 1:5-7

God is reconciling the world unto himself by the Cross, by Jesus Christ today.

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled US to himself BY JESUS CHRIST, and hath given to US the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto US the word of reconciliation. 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.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

The Ministry of reconciliation we’ve been given, namely (to wit), how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again on the third day, also informs us that we have salvation security since our sins are no longer being imputed to us because we believe Christ took them all upon himself, hence the reason we do not repent of them nor confess them. He took them all and never gives them back to us.

“Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also SEALED us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” ~ 2 Corinthians 21-22

“In whom ye also trusted , after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were SEALED with that holy Spirit of promise,” ~ Ephesians 1:13

When one trusted the gospel of one’s salvation after having heard it, meaning, after one believed Christ’s (in whom) finished work on the Cross and resurrection, one was sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.

Nowhere in Paul’s writings does it say the seal can be broken to impute those sins back to us for us to lose our salvation.

“For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.” ~ Romans 4:13

 

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Ye are washed

“And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” ~ The Apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 5:18-19.

*God has reconciled sinners to himself by Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), whereafter they are known as Saints.

*He has given Saints the ministry of reconciliation, a ministry based on Christ crucified – how that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them;

*and has thereby committed the word of reconciliation to Saints to preach reconciliation to the world, how God made provision for their sins regardless of their nationality, race, gender, social, economic and spiritual status or beliefs.

Our ministry as Mid-Acts Pauline Dispensationalists is to preach the gospel of Christ according to the specific manner in which God is currently reconciling the world unto himself (Romans 16:25),  a world which no longer has to prostelyze to the Jewish faith in order to be saved, neither does it have to endure to the end in order to be saved, a world which isn’t saved by faith + works (Ephesians 2:8-9).

The ministry of reconciliation in this dispensation preaches the non-imputation of sins to those who believe (2 Corinthians 5:18), thus giving them them eternal security/assurance of salvation, meaning, their sins aren’t being accounted for or held against them by God, which in turn means:

“… 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.” 1 Corinthians 6:11.

Ye are washed…. clean…… new…. not a sin in sight… no sins whatsoever…. reason: all one’s sin are forgiven by the blood of Christ, and are not being imputed to one’s account…  one has thus become a new creature in Christ.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Under both the Old and New Covenant, Israel’s sins are imputed to her, hence the reason Saints under the Dispensation of the law have no option but to endure to the end. Their sins must continually be confessed:

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

Context matters:

2 Corinthians 5 is dispensational – it not only mentions the Judgment Seat of Christ, but also the non-imputation of sins and the fact that we no longer follow Christ according to his earthly ministry, it also mentions the new creature in Christ – all of which are unique to this current dispensation, and reflects the manner in which God is currently reconciling (present tense) the world unto himself, it is the way God is currently dealing with people with respect to salvation. The gift of salvation God gives those who have faith in the gospel of 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 in this present dispensation differs vastly from that of the Kingdom Saints who were under the law.

“And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.” ~ Galatians 3:17

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“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 5:21

© Audrey Henry – 14 August 2018.