#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 righteous."


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."