The Bible says our faith is imputed as righteousness, not that Christ obeyed the law for us and that His obedience is imputed to us for us to be justified. That would be justification by works of the law.
Romans 4 is clear that God imputes our faith as righteousness. Abraham was justified before the Torah existed by faith, so Paul argued that the Gentiles do not need to obey the Torah and be circumcised to be justified, they simply need living faith in Christ.
The Bible says by faith Abraham obeyed God, so it is living faith that results in a holy and obedient life that God imputes as righteousness. We have a righteousness which is of faith, not by works of the Torah.
The whole doctrine of “the imputed righteousness of Christ” assumes that you can be justified by works of the Torah performed vicariously in your place by a substitute. The Bible teaches no such justification – a justification by works of the law.
The idea that a believer can live in daily sin and “God looks at him and doesn’t see his sin, God sees the imputed righteousness of Christ instead” is total heresy and blasphemy. God is not an idiot. God is omniscient. The Bible says nothing is hid from His eyes. When God looked at the churches in Revelation, He said I know thy works be zealous therefore and repent.
Sadly, many people who are living in sin are “trusting in the imputed righteousness of Christ” and they will be in for a very shocking revelation on judgment day, when it becomes manifest that God did see their sin and they didn’t have living faith that God imputes as righteousness.
~ Jesse Morrell
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