Beyond Zero Balance

13 for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law (Romans 5).

O.K.  After studying the whole of this passage for over 30 minutes now, I have discovered how impossible it is to address it adequately within the confines of a simple morning devotion.  Romans is deep!  Instead, let us simply look at the one word, “impute.”  It is an interesting word, meaning “to charge to one’s account.”  It’s used only one other time in the Bible, when, concerning Philemon’s runaway slave, Paul wrote: “But if he (Onesimus) has wronged you (Philemon) in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account” (Philemon 1:18). 

Suffice it to say, because of the written law, spiritual “accounts” exist for all mankind, marked in red because of the sin imputed to them — “charged to their accounts.”  But, praise God, through Christ our debts are changed from red to black!  For, God “… made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).  That is, to “become the righteousness of God in Him” is to have the very righteousness of Christ “imputed” to us.   

And the righteousness of Christ far surpasses our debts!  You see, our accounts are not just set to a “zero balance” — no, we become spiritually rich beyond measure through the inheritance which is given to us!  God’s grace goes way beyond just a “zero balance!”

Thank You, Lord, that our spiritual accounts go way beyond just a “zero balance!”  Thank You for making us rich in Christ!  May we walk This Day reflecting Your generosity toward us, by letting all our spiritual blessings overflow into the lives of others.  Amen.