A Blessed Reality
The blessed truth that Christ died a judicial, legal death based on the sins of God’s elect imputed to Him in no way diminishes the reality of what He Himself suffered unto death nor what we as the ones for whom He died receive as the result of His death.
His death based on sin imputed was REAL, and sin did not have to be imparted or infused to Him in order to make His suffering unto death real. Our sins could never have contaminated Christ’s divine nature, and had our sins contaminated His human nature, He would have been disqualified to be our Substitute and Redeemer.
The doctrine of sin imputed to Christ and righteousness imputed to His sheep at the cross is no legal fiction or non-reality. It is the real justification of God’s elect in Christ.
Whenever God declares something to be so, it is no fantasy, pretense, or illusion–IT IS BLESSED REALITY!
Those who see imputed sin and imputed righteousness as merely a legal fiction reveal a serious misunderstanding of the ground of salvation and of the Gospel of God’s grace in Christ Jesus.
The doctrine of sin imputed to Christ and righteousness imputed to us at the cross in no way diminishes or denies the necessity and the greatness of the Holy Spirit’s work in the new birth. Our Lord said that we must be born again. (John 3:3, John 3:6)
Without the new birth, there is no salvation, but the work of the Holy Spirit IN us is the fruit of the work of Christ FOR us. Also, the work of the Holy Spirit in us is to reveal the glory of Christ and His finished work for us.. When we see the preeminence of Christ in our salvation and rest in Him and His finished work alone, we honor the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Colossians 2:9)
This is a blessed reality.