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Imparted Righteousness

 

We sometimes use the term “imparted righteousness” to speak of God’s work of grace in the believer. Imparted righteousness is the righteous nature imparted to chosen, redeemed sinners in the new birth. The word “imparted” simply means “given,” or “bestowed.” The language of Scripture, by which this work of grace is identified, is “Christ in you,” “partakers of the divine nature,” “the new man,” that which is “born of God,” “his seed” that “cannot sin.” This new, righteous man, that cannot sin, is ever opposed to and at war with the old man. “The flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh…so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” This work of grace in us has nothing to do with our being justified before God. But this work of God’s grace in us is just as necessary to our everlasting salvation as our being “justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” — “Ye must be born again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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