Every believer rejoices in the glorious truth that our sins were imputed to Christ and His righteousness has been imputed to us. Daniel prophesied of the coming of the Savior and said of Him, “Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself” (Daniel 9:25).
The meaning is that the promised Redeemer would die for sins which were not His own except in the sense that they were imputed to Him.
Christ was without sin in His birth and so we read in 1 John 3:5, “He was manifest to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin.”
Christ was without sin in His life and so we read in 1 Peter 2:22, “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth.”
And He was without sin when He died and so we read in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “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.”
He bore our sins, but He was not defiled by our sins.
Our sins were imputed to Him, but not imparted to Him.
He was numbered with the transgressors, but He was not a transgressor. He died for sinners, but He was not a sinner. He laid down His life for the ungodly, but He was not ungodly.
Just as Christ bore the burden of our guilt, though in Himself He was not guilty of sin, so we are made the righteousness of God in Him, though in ourselves, we are not righteous.
As sin was imputed to Him yet He remained righteous, so righteousness is imputed to those for whom He died though, in ourselves, we are still sinners.
This is the glorious truth of imputation.
By J. Byrd