INTRO: We wish to look at a chapter so special, that it goes to the very heart of our salvation. Although the chapter is Romans 4, we will begin with Romans 5. This is because the chapter begins on a “Therefore” which tells us to look backward.
“Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God….”-Rom. 5:1
JUSTIFIED IS “JUST-AS-IF-I” HAD NEVER SINNED.
We Know That every person has sinned and cannot possibly pay the price for his or her own sins and that no good work can erase the sin that caused God grief.
We Find That God the judge looks at us as guilty and then casts His eye on Jesus His Son, and then says to the sinner, “I declare you justified because of His sacrifice.”
We See That a nearly unbelievable thing then happens. We can read it in these words: “…Him who justifies the ungodly”-Rom. 4:5; “Christ died for the ungodly.”- Rom.5:6
We Come Face To Face With the God who justifies the wicked! In Romans 4:5 we read a very remarkable, even startling statement, which is that God justifies the wicked. In 1 Kings eight when Solomon was dedicating the temple, Solomon asked God to justify the innocent and condemn the wicked (1 Kings 8:32), but instead God justifies the wicked because there are no innocents to justify. The innocent does not need justification. His innocence alone justifies him. That is why Jesus did not need justifying. He was innocent. For this reason, God put our sins on His account, so that He might put Christ’s righteousness on our account. Jesus is the only one that has ever been innocent!
We Can State that you are either able to be justified or have already been justified. We will now explain how this takes place.
AT THIS POINT IN TIME GOD HAS ADDED HIS SON’S CREDITS TO OUR LEDGER.
Eleven Times we find a special word used in this chapter. It is a bookkeeping term and may be translated in your Bible as “reckon,” or “account,” or “count” or “impute,” and it may use several English words interchangeably in the chapter under consideration.
Every English Word used carries with it the sense of “considering the thing, the act or even the person and then acting accordingly.” This is a very important particle of information.
Each Time the word means “added to the ledger,” and may be used literally or of one considering the situation and “enters it into the ledger of his mind” and responds accordingly. The shocking news is this: God added the merits of Jesus’ sacrifice to the credit side of our ledger, making our spiritual bookkeeping look good. This is because the same word is used of Jesus when it says “…he was numbered with the transgressors”-Isa. 53:12, quoted by Jesus in Luke 22:37