“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.” Romans 1:16 “For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith. As it is written, the just shall live by faith.” (Verse 17)
Another important verse from Romans 4:5 says that “it is not to him who performs works, but to him who believes on the one who justifies the ungodly, that his faith is counted for righteousness.” The great exchange which took place when Jesus Christ died on the cross was the exchange of our sins for His righteousness. “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.” 2 Corinthians 5:21.
The Easter message of Passover, Crucifixion, and Resurrection is found in the fact that “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself NOT IMPUTING OUR TRESPASSES UNTO US….” 2 Corinthians 5:19
What did God impute unto us? Impute means to reckon, to take into account, to put down to a person’s account. It means to exchange our sins for His righteousness. “But for us also, to whom righteousness is imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.” Romans 4:24, 25
God’s righteousness is revealed in the gospel on the ground of faith as the absolute condition of salvation. Our condemnation under sin was impossible for us to pay to receive God’s forgiveness. We could never justify ourselves by doing enough good works to receive God’s acceptance. He is too holy and perfect for us to acquire His holiness through our own effort.
Romans 3:24-28 speaks of God justifying us and imputing His righteousness unto us. Justification is God’s act of declaring the sinner righteous, so that the divine righteousness is judicially reckoned to our account.
This divine transaction is on the basis of grace or the unmerited favor of God the Father revealed in Christ, which provides it, (vs 23) and the blood offered through the death of Christ, which procures it, (vs. 25-27) and is appropriated by faith that the Spirit produces in our hearts. (vs. 28)
Passover and Easter both are God’s answer to our sin, guilt, and condemnation. Justification brings both peace and access into God’s grace of salvation. Our future security in the assurance that Christ’s death and resurrection life has resulted in providing to us a life of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17)