By Andy Kimmelmann
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When we talk about salvation in Jesus Christ, you will usually hear two phrases very often: the forgiveness of sins and the imputation of righteousness.
We know salvation is free by the sovereign grace of God. God chose His children, the elect, before the foundation of the world and gave them to His son Jesus, God and man. Jesus died on the cross for them and shed His blood for the forgiveness of all their sins. He rose again the third day because of their justification. At the appointed time, God baptizes an elect sinner with the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ and gives him faith. This is a sovereign act of God and free, by grace through faith, which is a gift of God. Jesus‘ perfect righteousness is imputed to the elect (Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 4:25, John 6:22 ff., John 10:25 ff.).
If you believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, one can explain that with an analogy of two accounts. Two accounts on your side, two accounts on Jesus' side. The two accounts are a sin account and a righteousness account.
Andy and Dana Kimmelmann (both born in 1979 in Munich, Bavaria/Germany and Salida, Colorado/USA respectively) are married and live and serve in Berlin.
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