Jesus is Messiah

Jun. 12, 2015

“The Doctrine of imputed sin and the fall of Man-kind”

The word imputation or impute according to the dictionary means, “to credit a person or cause, to lay the responsibility or blame on”.  (Merriam – Webster )

Adam as the first man, who sinned and through his disobedience all of humanity was separated from God both physically and spiritually. (Genesis 3:17-19) A physical and spiritual death had now been introduced to mankind; through the curse.

As a representative of humanity, Adam's singular action affected the demand and legal standing before God. If a leader decides to declare war on another country, the entire country goes to war whether the citizen's agree with it or not.

Based on the definition of imputation, sin is accredited or laid responsibility on all of humanity based on what Adam did.

The first mention of the word imputation is found in Leviticus chapter 7. The entire chapter speaks of offerings that are given to the Lord. Specifically in Leviticus chapter 7:11-18 explains the “peace offerings” given by the priest. The peace offering was to be given with thanksgiving and unleavened bread, (which means without yeast) because in the natural leaven puffs up, which in the spiritual can be equated to pride. In verse 15 it states that the offering should be consumed on the same day and nothing is left until morning; verse 16 it says the sacrifices allow a free will offering in that it can be carried over until the second day; verse 17 the remainder of the flesh must be burned up with fire on the third day.

I see this entire passage as the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. In Ephesians chapter 5:2, it says that Christ gave himself over on our behalf as an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

In Leviticus chapter 7:14 it mentions our high Priest, and in the Old Testament it was the Levitical priesthood; in Hebrews chapter 6:20, 7:26, 8:1 the writer specifically mentions that our high Priest is Jesus Christ. 

The definition of the word atonement,: is to become reconciled, harmony to satisfy a debt, reparation for an offense or injury - the reconciliation of God and man through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.” (Webster's new collegiate dictionary p. 72-1976)

In Hebrews chapter 13:11-15 states that the blood of animals was brought into the Holy of holies by the high priest to atone for sins and was burned outside the camp. For this reason Jesus took upon the sins of humanity; “imputation” as a perfect seed of the woman, with no human DNA from Mary or Joseph; took his own blood and suffered outside the city limits, on the cross thereby to give us access to the Holy of holies. Since Jesus is our high Priest, He sprinkled his own blood on the mercy seat. (Hebrews 9:11-14)

In Hebrews chapter 9:23-28, the writer discusses the greatness of Christ's sacrifice. He states that the earthly tabernacle was a mere copy of the heavenly tabernacle.  That Christ himself was not a tabernacle made with earthly hands but was God himself. Christ took his own blood and sacrificed himself.  As it is appointed once for man to die then comes the judgment or the decision. The decision at that time I believe is whether we believed that Jesus’ blood was sufficient to cover our sins and let us have access to the heavenly Father by the Holy Spirit. Christ as high Priest was the perfect “tabernacle” who offered His real sacrifice for sins He is the complete fullness of the Levitical sacrificial system. Colossians 2:9 states “9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form. NIV

Through accepting the sacrifice of Jesus Christ made with his own blood, being applied to the mercy seat according to Ephesians 2:18 we can now have restored access to the Father through Jesus Christ, which had been severed by Adam's disobedience.

In Romans chapter 5, the apostle Paul speaks of the results of Christ's righteousness. Adam’s sin brought condemnation, Jesus' gift turned misdeeds into righteousness and abundant grace through Jesus Christ the Messiah. Through one disobedient act all of mankind was declared sinners but through the obedience of one righteous man who will be declared righteous.