To clear up any confusion as to why I decided to title my blog “Just Sinner”, I’d like to explain this biblical concept more fully. This has made a massive difference in my understanding of the gospel.
Growing up I was told that Jesus had died for my sins on the cross. That’s true, as far as it goes, but that gave me no rest, no peace and no assurance. My continuing sin haunted me. It was a heavy burden that weighed me down. I could find no relief from the crushing guilt.
“How can someone that claims to be a Christian think and act like this? It seems like everybody else has it all together. What is wrong with me? There’s no way God can love somebody like me.”
One day, I heard of “the imputed righteousness of Christ” and everything changed. Not only was Jesus crucified for our sins, but he lived a perfect, holy and sinless life for us as well. When we place our trust in Christ, his perfect life of obedience is imputed (transferred, reckoned) to us and we are made forever right with God. In God’s courtroom, we are declared just (or righteous) in his sight at the very same time that we are still sinners. Even though we continue to sin (and will until we take our final breath), God sees us robed in the righteousness of his beloved son.
John MacArthur puts it perfectly in his book “None Other: Discovering the God of the Bible“:
“On the cross, Jesus wasn’t a sinner, but God treated Him as if He was. And although you’re not righteous, He treats you as if you are—because on the cross, God treated Jesus as if He had lived your life, so that He could treat you as if you had lived His.”
Everything required to save us was done outside of us by someone else. It’s not our blood, sweat and tears that make us right with God, but that of our Savior’s, Jesus Christ. And yes, it is enough to save the worst of sinners, even you and me.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
2 Corinthians 5:21