Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dabney on the nature of imputation

"All are agreed that, when the Bible says, 'the iniquity of us all was laid on Christ,' or that 'He bare our sins,' or 'was made sin for us,' it is only our guilt and not our moral attribute of sinfulness which was imputed. So it seems to me far more reasonable and scriptural to suppose that, in the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, it is not the attribute of righteousness in Christ which is imputed, but that which is the exact counterpart of guilt—the title to acquittal."

Regarding II Corinthians 5:21 – “There is no other tenable sense than this obvious one—that our guilt (obligation to penalty) was imputed to Christ, that His righteousness (title to reward) might be imputed to us.” (R.L. Dabney, “Systematic Theology”)

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