Imputed Righteousness Verses Infused Righteousness -
May 28th, 2012, 05:46 PM
Impute: "A word meaning to attribute something to a person, or reckoning something to the account of another." (source, Zondervan Bible Dictionary.)
Infuse: This word is not to be found in the Bible. Meaning: To instill or inculate as principles. To pour in. (Source, Funk & Wagnalls Dictionary)
None of the apostles taught an infused righteousness, including the apostle Paul. Paul did teach that Christ dwells in the Christians heart by faith, Colossians 1:27. "Christ in you the hope of glory." We know that Christ is present in the Holy Spirit just as the Spirit of the Father was present in Christ. The Holy Spirit is present in both the Father and the Son. Is it the work of the Son to make the believer righteous by infusing his virtues into the believer? The work of Christ is a finished work. The New Testament emphasis is Christ in heaven mediating His righteousness on our behalf and not in the heart of the believer.
"For such a priest became us, WHO IS HOLY, harmless, undefiled, SEPARATE FROM SINNERS, and made higher than the heavens," Hebrews 7:26.
Jesus Christ has already dealt with the sins of humanity, why would he want to come back and live his sinless life through a sinner?
The word "Impute" is found 15 times in the Bible.
Paul wrote, "Even as David also describes the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputes righteousness without works, Romans 4:6. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin," Romans 4:8.
Just as God imputes righteousness he also imputes sin.
"Abraham believed God and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God," James 2:23.
What did Abraham believe? He believed that God would provide him with a savior. The promise of a savior is a thread that runs through the Old Testament and finds its fulfillment in the New Testament, Acts 2:39. Abraham was justified by faith, Romans 4:5.
In the light of what the Bible says imputed righteousness is the correct doctrine. Infused righteousness is a false doctrine.