In this epistle it is said, God “hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew not sin.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
There was a complete transference, a mutual transference; the transferring of guilt to the Saviour, and the transferring of His righteousness to the sinner; “that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”
Take this out of the gospel and what is there left that is worth notice?
Take this out of the gospel and how could a wretch who feels his wretchedness in sin have any hope in the mercy of God?
Such is a terrible gospel; no gospel at all if imputation is taken away.
Eliminate this doctrine of the imputation of sin to Christ, and the imputation of righteousness to the sinner, and we are all as good as in hell; there is nothing for us but perdition.
When a sinner, brought by the Spirit of God into solemn and deep despair of himself and of his own righteousness, looks on the Lord Jesus, and adoringly and wonderingly believes in the imputation that removes from himself all sin and brings to him nothing but righteousness, he is complete in Christ. That is the gospel word.
“And ye are complete in Him.” (Colossians 2:10)
Completely justified and completely saved.
If this but shines into our hearts what a happy people we shall be!
By James Popham