“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NKJV).
One of the radical statements or truths in the Bible regarding sin is that God is no longer imputing our sins to us. Why? Because Jesus Christ by His sacrificial death on the cross has paid in full for our sins – past, present and future!
The Scripture clearly states that: “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Cor. 5:19 NKJV).
One of the most terrible lies of the devil regarding sin is that God is dealing with us today according to our sins. The devil wants you to accept and embrace suffering, sickness, poverty, failure, or demonic oppression as God’s punishments for your sins, or for the sins of your parents or ancestors.
Sadly, many believers and ministers of God today have accepted, adopted or subscribed to this terrible lie of the devil. What a terrible ignorance of what Jesus Christ has done for us through His sacrificial death on the cross for our sins!
Under the Old Covenant, God dealt with people according to their sins. However, under the New Covenant God is not dealing with us according to our sins, but according to our faith in the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, who offered Himself as a propitiation for our sins (1 John 2:2, 4:10).
Unfortunately, many believers today are yet to understand, acknowledge, believe, accept or embrace this major shift in God’s dealing with men under the New Covenant sealed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ.
The death of Jesus Christ on the cross is a landmark in the history of mankind. It is a turning point in God’s dealings with men. Things never remained the same between God and men after the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins. The relationship between God and men was forever changed for good!
God’s anger against man was completely appeased by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the sins of the whole world. At the cross, God’s righteousness or justice to judge and punish sinners was completely satisfied. Also, God’s love to forgive and justify sinners was also fully expressed, manifested or demonstrated at the cross of Christ.
We despise or belittle the worth of Christ’s death on the cross for the propitiation of the sins of the whole world if we still think, believe or preach that God is angry with sinners, or that God is still dealing with men according to their sins.
God’s wrath against sinners has been completely appeased or satisfied by Christ’s painful, agonizing, and terrible death on the cross.
The Scripture states: “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” (1 John 2:2 NKJV).
Christ’s death was a substitutionary death (Heb. 2:9). Christ took our place on the cross to receive the punishment that was meant for us because of our sins. Conversely, we took His place to receive the blessings that was meant for Him because of His complete obedience to God. That is grace!
The Scripture testifies: “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21 NKJV).
Christ’s death on the cross paid in full for all the sins that man has ever committed or will ever commit; it atones for sins in the past, present, or future. It is a full payment for the sins of every generation. Until the close of the ages, the Scripture declares: “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7 NKJV).
What are the implications of the great truth that God is no longer imputing our sins to us?
Let us consider some of them.
First, it implies that all those who put their faith in Jesus and His sacrifice on the cross for their sins are now reconciled to God:
It was sin that brought separation between God and man. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross completely removed sin and thus the barrier between God and man.
John the Baptist pointed out Jesus as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 NKJV).
John the Beloved reveals that: “He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.” (1 John 3:5 NKJV).
Through His death on the cross for our sins, Christ has brought to an end the hostility or enmity between God and sinners. God is no longer angry with sinners, but He has demonstrated His love to sinners by taking the initiative to reconcile sinners to Himself through the sacrifice of His Son for our sins.
The Scripture states: “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8 NKJV).
Although God has demonstrated His love towards all sinners by sending His Son to die for our sins so that we may be reconciled to Him, yet it is only those who humbly respond in repentance and faith to God’s love and grace that are truly forgiven and reconciled to God.
The Scripture said of those who have put their faith in Christ Jesus for salvation, “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Eph. 2:13 NKJV).
Sin is no longer and can no longer be a barrier between God and the believers in Christ. The believers in Christ are eternally loved and acceptable to God (Eph. 1:6). The believers in Christ are holy, blameless and above reproach in God’s sight.
Apostle Paul aptly presents this truth in Colossians 1:
21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled
22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight–
23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister. (NKJV).
Second, Christ having paid in full for the sins of the world, God is no longer imputing the sins of the world (the ungodly multitude) to them:
Christ did not die just for the few people who have received Him; He died for the whole world.
The Scripture reveals: “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” (1 John 2:2 NKJV).
Therefore, God is not treating or dealing with the world according to their sins.
The Scripture testifies that: “God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them…” (2 Cor. 5:18-19 NKJV).
Lastly, anyone who despises or rejects the great price Christ paid for his sins will eventually face and receive the fierce wrath of God:
While it is true that God is not imputing any man’s sins to his charge or account now, or dealing with any man according to his sins, yet God abhors sins and will eventually judge and punish the sinners, not for their sins because Christ has paid for all sins, but because they despised and rejected Jesus Christ and the huge price He paid for their sins (John 12:47-48, 2 Pet. 3:9).
God has set aside a day when He will judge all those who rejected Jesus Christ as a sacrifice for their sins, thereby rejecting God’s gift of salvation to them.
The Scripture affirms in Acts 17:
30 “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,
31 “because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (NKJV).
Beloved, God is not imputing your sins to you, or charging or condemning you for your sins if you have put your faith in Christ as a propitiation for your sins.
Paul queries in Romans 8:
33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.
34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. (NKJV).
Is this then a licence to sin? Certainly not!
Paul queries, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” (Rom. 6:1-2 NKJV).
Those who have been truly born of God cannot continue in sin because they are already dead to sin – their old, sinful and corrupt self has been crucified with Christ.
John the Beloved affirms, “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” (1 John 3:9 NKJV).
What of if you sin? God will still not condemn you. But, God expects you to confess your sins and repent of them!
The Scripture warns: “He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.” (Prov. 28:13 NKJV).
But, the Scripture assures: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9 NKJV).
“My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” (1 John 2:1 NKJV).
What of if you sin and choose not to confess and repent of your sins and accept by faith God’s forgiveness as a gift? Satan will bring a charge against you, condemn you, and have access into your life to oppress, afflict or destroy you!
Why? Because practicing sins gives the devil an inroad, a free access or licence to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10, 1 Pet. 5:8)!
Where ever and when ever sin is practised, embraced, tolerated or covered; Satan has the legal right to reign and operate unhindered because yielding to sin is yielding to Satan, the author of sin.
The Scripture warns:
“Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?” (Rom. 6:16 NKJV).
“He that practises sin is of the devil; for from the beginning the devil sins. To this end the Son of God has been manifested, that he might undo the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8 DBY).
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, I confess and repent today of every sin in my life that has given the devil an inroad into my life and family. I receive God’s mercy and forgiveness today. And I resist, bind and cast the devil out of my life and family, in Jesus’ name. Amen.