#4) Romans 5:19
"For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners,
even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made
Through faith in Christ, we are blessed by the doctrine of imputation,
in two ways. First, all of our sins are imputed to Christ,
and His death on the cross covers any sin we have ever committed, or ever
will commit. Then, through His conquering of all sin by his
burial and resurrection, He imputes His perfect righteousness to
us. Galatians 2:20 says, "It is no longer I who live, but
Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith
in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me."
Newness of Life
Romans 6:4 says, "Therefore we have been buried with Him through
baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through
the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of
life." Furthermore, Romans 7:6 says, "But now we have been
released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so
that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter."
By His grace, God indwells His believers with His Holy
Spirit. 1 Samuel 10:6 says it like this: "Then the Spirit of the LORD
will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophesy with them and be changed
into another man." This newness of life is further revealed
in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."
In this newness of life, we are no longer held accountable for our
sins. Even if we wanted to, we couldn't atone for
them. Romans 7:20 says, "If I am doing the very thing I do not want, I am no
longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me."