Remember from our last post – just as I now trust in the sinless life of Christ and in the death of Christ in my place as the basis of my relationship with God…and not my behavior…so God depends on the sinless life of Christ and the death of Christ as the basis of His relationship with me…and not my behavior!
Grace is God’s willingness to look at us from the perspective that sees his holy Son in our place. While we see our sin, God sees His son. As a consequence he loves and treasures us as much as if we had never sinned…as much as He does his own Son.
And so when we talk about “God imputes His righteousness to us” – this is what we mean. God thinks of Christ’s righteousness as ours – and because He looks at us through Christ, He makes a declaration about us that we are righteous.
Now next – the implications of this for us are huge, but most believers do not live as if this was true.