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Double Imputation is probably my favorite Biblical doctrine to think about (I know we shouldn’t play favorites, but this one gets me excited every time). Michael Horton likens imputation to chocolate chips. If you mix together every ingredient of a chocolate chip cookie, but leave out the chocolate chips, you will never get a chocolate chip cookie. Likewise, if you have every ingredient necessary for Christianity except for imputation, you do not get Christianity. So what is this important and exciting (and delicious) doctrine? It is the greatest trade we could possibly hope for. It would be like getting Cam Newton to come play on your flag football team in exchange for me playing for the Panthers… You would take that trade every time. In simplest terms, imputation means we give Jesus our sin and Jesus gives us his righteousness. It goes deeper though. This is not like we’re trading t-shirts with Jesus and his righteous shirt doesn’t quite fit perfectly and our sinful shirt looks silly on him. The word “imputed” comes from an accounting term. It has to do with the payment of debts. In our sinful state, we owe God an infinite debt we cannot even begin to repay. Christ not only pays our debt in order to get us back to $0, he puts his entire fortune in our bank account because he loves us. One of my favorite hymns is Rock of Ages which states, “be of sin the double cure: save from wrath and make me pure.” Christ, the rock of ages, was cleft (broken) so that we might be saved from our debt and counted as righteous and valuable.

There are two ways we can respond to this divine transaction… We can be ungrateful and keep spending frivolously on the worthless things that got us into debt in the first place, or we can respond with gratitude and use this as a new opportunity to serve the God who was so merciful to us (Matthew 18:21-35 tells us which option Jesus recommends). Colossians 3:5-17 calls us to not only stop spending our new righteousness needlessly, but to “Put to death [or as the KJV says, “mortify”] therefore what is earthly in you” and then lists several examples of things to put to death. We are to nail our sexual sins, our verbal sins, and all the rest of our sins to the cross of Christ and to put on His righteousness and His love. What does Paul call us to do now that we have the righteousness of Christ imputed to us? Put off the idols of your heart, and put on worship of God.

THE WORD

Scripture: Colossians 3:5-17
Sermon: Putting On The New You

SONGS

Holy, Holy, Holy (Traditional)
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A Debtor to Mercy Alone  (Indelible Grace)
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Poor Sinner Dejected With Fear (Indelible  Grace)
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Song of Preparation:Set Apart (Tim Hughes)
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Song of Response:Take My Life (Chris Tomlin)
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