My personal notes from Part 4 of the series 'No Imputation of Sin' by Dr. Creflo Dollar of World Changers Church International, 8.20.2017
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These truths ought to make you shout, 'Hallelujah! Thank You Jesus!’
Impute – charge to one’s account, hold against, hold responsible
Now that you’ve been born-again, there’s a commitment from God that there will be no more imputation of sin.
“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20 (KJV)
The Law will let you know what’s wrong with you.
“For no person will be justified [freed of guilt and declared righteous] in His sight by [trying to do] the works of the Law. For through the Law we become conscious of sin [and the recognition of sin directs us toward repentance, but provides no remedy for sin].” Romans 3:20 (AMP)
Religious works won’t make you righteous in His sight. The real and only reason for the Law is to get people to recognize sin and become conscience of it because without the Law no one would know wrong from right (be able to live up to God’s standard).
“Why, then, the Law [what was its purpose]? It was added [after the promise to Abraham, to reveal to people their guilt] because of transgressions [that is, to make people conscious of the sinfulness of sin], and [the Law] was ordained through angels and delivered to Israel by the hand of a mediator [Moses, the mediator between God and Israel, to be in effect] until the Seed would come to whom the promise had been made.” Galatians 3:19 (AMP)
Sin-consciousness is a result of the Law that came by Moses.
The Law of Moses produced sin-consciousness, which produces guilt, condemnation and more sin.
The 10 commandments don’t make us holy. The laws make us guilty.
The Law says, ‘whatever you get, is a result of what you’ve done.’ In other words, ‘you get what you deserve.’ However, the new covenant of grace says, Jesus got what we deserve and we get what He deserves!
When you’re conscience of sin, you won’t be able to set your affections (mind) on the things above. You’ll be thinking about sin more than about your righteousness in Christ.
“But the Law came to increase and expand [the awareness of] the trespass [by defining and unmasking sin]. But where sin increased, [God’s remarkable, gracious gift of] grace [His unmerited favor] has surpassed it and increased all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, so also grace would reign through righteousness which brings eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:20-21 (AMP)
The Law increases sin. It doesn’t get rid of it! Imperfect people can’t keep up with perfection.
The Law was given so that we could realize that we need Jesus as our perfection (our Lord and Savior).
Sin-consciousness starts the cycle of death in one’s life. [Symptom examples: Depression, stress, condemnation, shame and guilt].
People in ancient times in the Bible, used to live really long [700+ yrs!] They were living in the fallen world but they were able to live long because there wasn’t a Law at that time (before the Israelites) to be sin-conscious of.
Sadly, the biggest problem in the Body of Christ is sin.
“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.” Hebrews 10:1 (KJV)
Not perfect as in sinless, but perfection pertaining to the conscience.
“Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;” Hebrews 9:9 (KJV)
Old Testament sacrificial offerings would only cover one’s sins for a year. Therefore, the people would still be sin-conscience because they knew they had to wait another year to offer animal sacrifices to cover their future sins. It was a repetitive cycle with no way out.
“For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.” Hebrews 10:2 (KJV)
Your conscience could never be perfect with animal sacrifices.
Only when we’re purged of sin can we get rid of sin-consciousness.
You can only be free of a sin-conscience when you can believe that you’ve been forgiven and forever cleansed by the blood of Jesus.
“And in accordance with this will [of God] we [who believe in the message of salvation] have been sanctified [that is, set apart as holy for God and His purposes] through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed) once for all.” Hebrews 10:10 (AMP)
“For by the one offering He has perfected forever and completely cleansed those who are being sanctified [bringing each believer to spiritual completion and maturity].” Hebrews 10:14 (AMP)
You and I (born-again Christians) have been perfected and cleansed of our sins forever!
Don’t feel holy because of your performance and behavior? Well, holiness isn’t a feeling but rather a position. Your behavior has nothing to do with your holiness – position in Christ. It’s all about Jesus’ behavior – finished works on the cross.
So now we don’t have to be sin-conscience but righteous-conscience because Jesus took care of our sin. We don’t have any more issues with sin. Jesus Christ isn’t coming back to deal with sin because He said, “it is finished.”
His body was beaten and His precious blood was shed. It’s already been done!
Now, you’re going to have to decide whether or not you believe.
Glory to God! Isn’t our God awesome and incredible? There’s no one like Him! Our sins have been forgiven, so we can freely receive our healing, provisions, and every other promise in the Bible.
I am currently reading Joseph Prince’s book titled, ‘Destined to Reign.’ Chapter 13 is titled, ‘The Gift of No Condemnation.’ I have been blessed by these fundamental teachings from God’s Word. As I continually feed my spirit with the gospel of Jesus Christ, my faith flourishes and I find more and more peace and joy! I’m incredibly thankful for the Bible and the wisdom and understanding that God has given us. It’s my greatest desire to see lives transformed through the Word. I pray that I’m able to encourage you with my blogs, books, bible bracelets and new life in Christ.
Many blessings to you and your family in Jesus’ Name.