(Rom 4:24) But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
The “it” of this verse is God’s righteousness. Abraham found out about God’s righteousness when he chose to believe God in spite of his physical circumstances. He trusted God’s promise in the face of impossible odds – it was physically impossible for his body and his wife’s body to produce children. Because he trusted what God said, God credited Abraham’s spiritual account with His righteousness. This is “imputation.” Imputation is the placing of God’s righteousness to our account. When we trust in what God says about the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, He imputes to us His righteousness. We are no longer spiritually bankrupt. We’ve been given all the riches and blessings of God in Christ. We become joint-heirs with Christ Himself. We possess the righteousness of God.
God chooses to impute righteousness to us on the basis of the finished work on the cross. The work on the cross is a permanent work. It produces everlasting results. Imputation is a permanent transaction totally empowered and completed by God. We don’t have a heavenly ATM card that permits us to transfer righteousness from God’s account to our account. We are only responsible for believing what God did to enable the transaction. Our sin was placed on the Son of God in order for the righteousness of God to be placed on us.
There is no provision to reverse this transaction. We couldn’t do anything to credit ourselves with His righteousness. We can’t do anything to remove the effects of it. Even though we may not act like heirs, it doesn’t erase the fact that we are. There is no “undo” button to take our sin off of Christ and place it back to our account. Otherwise, the finished work on the cross would never be finished, would it? Praise the Lord today that we live with the supernatural transaction of imputed righteousness!
Renewed Thought – I can face the impossible circumstances around me today because God is for me, not against me. I can face the temptations and oppression in my spirit today because I possess and I am defined by the righteousness of God in Christ.