Does "Imputed Righteousness" Mean?
By Frank Brown
As pointed out in the article above, we do not WORK for our salvation; it is a free gift
(Rom. 6:23) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of Yahweh is eternal life through Yahshua the Messiah,
But it is plainly evident as related in many scriptures that we DO have our part. If we just say, "I accept
the Savior," and then continue on as if we "have it made," we are deluding ourselves and showing
an ignorance of the Scriptures. We must first repent. This means being convicted of the sin in our lives, and then
stop sinning; turn around and go the other way.
To do this, we must first know what sin is. Right now, do you know what the Bible says sin is? You certainly should!
According to 1 John 3:4, sin is the "transgressing of the law," the breaking of the Commandments. It
is lawlessness. The no-law Sunday preachers who teach that "the law is done away" are leading their people
down the road to destruction. The Law is NOT "done away." It is in full force. If it were not, then sin
itself would be impossible. Notice Rom. 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
That is correct. If there were no law, then there could be no infraction. You can't get a ticket for running a
stop sign if there is no stop sign at the intersection.
The trouble with the ancient Israelites was that they could not keep the Law of Yahweh because of their carnal
natures. They needed help. That help is spelled out in the New Covenant. It is the indwelling presence of the Holy
Spirit. That is the basic difference between the Old and the New Covenants. We now have access to this Spirit,
and it is acquired according to the formula found in Acts 2:38. See also Jeremiah 31:31-33.
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Yahshua the Messiah
for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Then we show our repentance by doing good works, not to "earn" our salvation, but because we love Yahweh
and our neighbor, and want to do good. Our own righteousness, even at its best, is pretty sorry in the eyes of
Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade
as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
So what happens after we repent and receive the Holy Spirit? If our OWN righteousness is insufficient to satisfy
the requirements of Yahweh's heavenly standard, then where does this leave us?
If we have truly repented of our past sins, and are trying to live by the Commandments, then, as stated in Acts
2:38, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. It comes to dwell in our minds and hearts ("Mind" being
our intellect, "Heart" being our emotion. We understand the Law, and we want to obey, with help from
the Holy Spirit). Paul said "let this mind be in you which was also in the Messiah Yahshua," Phil. 2:5.
Then, and only then, does Yahweh "impute" His righteousness to us. We must be doing our part, and He
will certainly do His, as He promised. He looks beyond our human shortcomings, and "sees" His Son in
Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the